Control and Prevention of Three Diseases Project – Reaching Key Populations

Walking alone to get an HIV test is scary, but going with a person you trust provides courage and a sense of shared responsibility to one another. The Sisters Center for Transgenders in Pattaya, Thailand, a partner of CAP-3D, used the Valentine’s Day festivities as an opportunity to declare a month of walking hand-in-hand with…

Press Release: United States, Lower Mekong Countries Promote Disaster Preparedness

The closing ceremony for the Lower Mekong Initiative Pacific Resilience Disaster Response Expert Exchange will take place tomorrow, Thursday, June 13, 3:00 p.m., at the Raffles Le Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh.  One hundred civilian and military representatives from the United States, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam participated in the three-day tabletop exercise in…

The President’s Malaria Initiative – Mekong Cross-Border Activities

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Cambodian Airports Join “Wildlife Trafficking Stops Here” Campaign

On May 30 the Wildlife Alliance, a non-governmental organization fighting wildlife trafficking in Cambodia, finished installing the eye-catching new “Wildlife Trafficking Stops Here” exhibition at the Phnom Penh International Airport. The exhibits provide key facts about the illegal wildlife trade and serves to educate travelers about the impact of their actions and the steps they…

USAID-Supported Workshop Strengthens Regional Capacity for Early Detection and Control of Key Infectious Disease Threats

The IDENTIFY project of USAID's global Emerging Pandemic Threats program (EPT) is hosting a regional veterinary laboratory and field epidemiology linking workshop in Bangkok on May 21-30, 2013.  Led by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, with technical support from the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, the workshop is convening veterinary epidemiologists and their laboratory counterparts from eight ASEAN member states and from China to improve mutual understanding of…

NEWS: The President’s Malaria Initiative and the Thai Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) celebrate World Malaria Day in Tak Province, Thailand.

On May 17, Thailand Ministry of Public Health's Bureau of Vector Borne Diseases brought together students and community members throughout the province to participate in events that raised awareness of malaria along the Thai-Burma border. In the village of Tha Song Yang, National, State and District disease control officials from the Government of Burma gathered…

United States and Laos Strengthen Partnership with LMI Road Management Workshop

The United States is cooperating with Singapore and Laos to host a Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Road Management Workshop in Vientiane, from May 6 to 10.  On May 6, Lao Vice Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr. Bunchanh Sinthavong, US Ambassador Karen B. Stewart and Singaporean Ambassador Kang Siew Kheng formally opened the workshop. …

NEWS: Carbon Stock Assessment and Emissions Inventory in Asian Mangroves: Field Training for Scientists and Government Agency Staff

Trang, Thailand - Forested wetlands - including mangroves, peat swamps, cypress domes, and related ecosystems - are thought to hold some of the highest carbon densities among terrestrial (soil and vegetation) systems. In the Indo-Pacific region, mangroves cover as much as 6.8 million hectares, or approximately 40 percent of world's total, and it is estimated…

NEWS: US-ASEAN to Enhance Partnership, Discuss Regional Issues

WASHINGTON D.C. - The US and the 10-members of the Association for South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) discussed a wide range of pressing regional issues during its just concluded annual dialogue here, a joint statement said.Noting that the annual dialogue is a reflection of the strong and enduring relationship between ASEAN and the US, the…

NEWS: Vietnam Joins ASEAN-US Dialogue

WASHINGTON D.C. - A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Vinh attended the 26th ASEAN-US Dialogue in Washington on May 2-3, which focused on orientations and measures to promote the two sides’ cooperation.At the meeting, the two sides highly valued positive progress of the bilateral cooperation in different areas such as politics-security, economics,…

NEWS: U.S. to Boost Cooperation under Lower Mekong Initiative

The U.S. will give priority to promoting cooperation with the Lower Mekong basin through its continued efforts to boost the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), a US official said.U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Joseph Yun made the statement at a seminar that discussed measures to expand cooperation under the LMI framework…

NEWS: U.S. and Vietnam Cooperate in Promoting Lower Mekong Initiative

 (VOV) -Vietnam and the U.S. are set to promote the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) at a seminar jointly held by the Vietnamese Embassy and the U.S. Department of State in Washington on May 1.In his speech, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Vinh highlighted LMI contributions to boosting the relations between the U.S.…