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Low-quality antibiotics, combined with over-prescription and poor compliance by patients, have led to antimicrobial resistance worldwide, which is recognized as one of the biggest public health threats in human history. A woman buys drugs from a pharmacy in Sri Lanka.

Is the medicine you take effective and safe?

By Health Team on Fri, 27 March 2015

Have you ever wondered how and where the medicine you buy was manufactured, where the ingredients came from, if the quality of the ingredients was tested, if the medicine end-product was tested before it was registered in the country, how it was transported to your pharmacy, and how it was stored there? You should.

Since financial development does not necessarily reduce inequality, inclusive growth calls for concerted government efforts to strengthen financial inclusion.

How to finance stable, inclusive growth in Asia

By Donghyun Park on Wed, 25 March 2015

The Asian Development Outlook 2015 highlights how developing Asia’s financial development still lags the advanced economies by a wide margin despite good progress. What can we do to bridge that gap, and also ensure ensure the region’s financial sector grows in a stable, inclusive way?

Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) dropped 455 mm (17.9 inches) of rain on Metro Manila, Philippines in a span of 24 hours on 26 September, 2009. A month's worth of rainfall in a single day washed away homes and flooded large areas, killing hundreds and stranding thousands in the city and nearby provinces.

World Water Day: How we can ‘unflood’ Asia

By Water Team on Mon, 23 March 2015

On World Water Day, it’s time to reflect on how several of Asia’s developing countries are especially vulnerable to floods. What can we do to better address this problem? Adopt a holistic approach to flood management and resilience.