India’s government has a huge program to tackle tuberculosis, with well-equipped centers offering free tests and treatment. So why weren’t people getting tested for this ancient disease that has stolen more lives than any other infectious disease in history? Consider that…

The WHO commended Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic for eradicating trachoma, an eye disease caused by the Chlamydia trachomatisbacteria. The tropical disease is spread from person to person through contact with infected discharge and recurring…

A story of iodine deficiency in Cambodia illustrates how events in one country can impact public health in another.   Starting in 1999, UNICEF and other donors helped Cambodia boost iodized salt users from 13% of households to 70%. But when the government and salt producers…

Mass fainting among female factory workers in Cambodia has led officials to blame exhaustion, malnutrition and unhealthy working conditions. However, a new study published in Transcultural Psychiatry finds that the fainting is a symptom of psychological trauma, a legacy of…

AIDS is the 2nd most common cause of death, after abortions, among female sex workers in Cambodia and the No. 1 killer of their children, according to a study from Global Health Promise, an organization that studies sex trafficking around the world.   The researchers…

Exploitative labor practices in Cambodian garment factories that produce fabric for brands such as H&M, Armani, Adidas and Gap are forcing the majority female workforce to live apart from their children. Women from the poverty-stricken provinces endure long commutes or…

Do not underestimate guppies: The colorful larvae-loving fish have been deployed on a noble mission to fight dengue in rural Cambodia.   As part of a pilot project in Kampong Cham province—an area hard-hit by mosquito-borne dengue—Malaria Consortium distributed the fish to…

Thousands of Cambodian refugees fleeing the Khmer Rouge genocide ended up in Lowell, Massachusetts needing care for a range of issues—but found western health care intimidating. Instead of expecting traumatized patients to adapt to the sterile exam rooms that reminded them…

HIV-positive patients in Asia have endured discrimination including being expelled from hospitals, forced to undergo sterilization, and refused surgeries, according to a series of interviews by Asia Catalyst. 51 interviewees from Burma, Cambodia, China, and Vietnam…

Fortified rice increased the risk of hookworm infections in Cambodian schoolchildren, suggesting the benefits of micronutrient repletion should be weighed carefully against health risks, according to a PLOS study. Regular deworming would help ensure that fortified rice…