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The World Health Organization in the Western Pacific Region and key partners including ADB are observing World Health Day on 7 April with a call for greater vigilance and action in tackling a range of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis.

The Australian Government has committed $16.3 million to a new fund to combat malaria in the Asia Pacific region, adding to a $19.4 million pledge from the Government of the United Kingdom to the newly established Regional Malaria and Other Communicable Disease Threats Trust Fund.

The Government of Myanmar and ADB have signed two grant agreements financed by the Government of Japan through Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction grants to help cut rural poverty and to expand HIV/AIDS services to vulnerable groups and into remote areas.

ADB will provide a strategic link between Myanmar’s government and the non-governmental organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services in order to strengthen the provision of healthcare in remote, vulnerable, and hard-to-reach populations.

The National Department of Health, Milne Bay Provincial Health Authority, ADB and Australian Aid participated in a ground-breaking ceremony today to officially mark the early steps towards construction of the first community health post to be built under the Rural Primary Health Services Delivery Project.

Convening in Brunei for the annual East Asia Summit, 18 leaders have endorsed the creation of an Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance to unite countries and promote regional political leadership and collaboration against the disease.

Decent jobs, liveable cities, and protection against disasters should become part of a new global blueprint for development that could aim to end poverty by 2030, says a new report co-authored by ADB.

Larvae-eating guppy fish can help combat the spread of dengue, a mosquito-borne illness giving rise to hundreds of thousands of severe cases including 20,000 deaths worldwide every year, according to a trial study by the Governments of Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic with the support of ADB and the World Health Organization.

Asia and the Pacific's drive for food security has focused too narrowly on quantity, with a surge in obesity and still high levels of malnutrition in some countries highlighting the need for a new approach, says a new ADB study.

ADB and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have formed a new partnership agreement to expand and speed up access to safe sanitation in Asia and the Pacific.