Public health

COVID-19: the costs of strandedness for repatriated Filipino migrant workers

How can policies can better support migrant workers in return preparedness and safety nets, when planning to return permanently & in moments of disruptions?

COVID-19 and a new social contract for education in the Philippines

The pandemic did not trigger educational access issues for those living in urban poor communities; it just made them worse.

The inequities in Indonesia’s vaccine rollout

Health authorities should focus their attention on remedying the notion that vaccine side effects are more dangerous than COVID-19 itself

COVID-19, palakasan and the culture of clientelism in the Philippines

Palakasan is a “negative” social practice that distorted the allocation of the SAP and other aid which local politicians had control over.

Video: Mental health in Indonesia: then, now and things to come

In this webinar recording, meet extraordinary individuals sharing their experiences in mental health in Indonesia.

การครองอำนาจรัฐในระบอบคสช.: ความถดถอยของอำนาจท้องถิ่น

หยุดการเมืองในมิติการเลือกตั้งที่นับวันสร้างนักการเมืองและพรรคการเมืองที่เข้มแข็งเหนือระบบราชการควบคู่ไปกับประชาธิปไตยท้องถิ่น

Central-local relations in Thailand since 2014

The 2014 coup interrupted mechanisms of local democracy that emerged from innovations in the 1997 constitution.

Mental health in Indonesia: then, now and things to come

A webinar for World Mental Health Day will showcase small sample of extraordinary individuals sharing their experiences in mental health in Indonesia.

Herd immunity/herding constituents: parpol and COVID-19 vaccines in Indonesia #2

These events are heavily political in the distinctively clientelistic sense that dominates in Indonesia.

Herd immunity/herding constituents: parpol and COVID-19 vaccines in Indonesia #1

Online and social media shows that several political parties are actively involved in the vaccination program.

Leadership does matter: Thailand’s COVID-19 response

Citizen trust in Thailand’s political system has been seriously affected by the problems in the handling of the pandemic.

Traumatic Pasts in Asia: The editors’ account

These case studies analyse both the psychological and communal effects of violence and natural disasters and how communities attempt to overcome their effects.

Vale Dr Ni Win Zaw, Head, Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Yangon

Dr Ni Win Zaw’s vision and commitment to development of education will take considerable time to replace.

The sick man of Asia: COVID-19 lockdowns and cyclical expansion of healthcare inequalities

This public health problem demands a radically different solution.

Weaponising COVID-19

The 2020 Protest posed an existential threat to the Thai state. The government of Prayuth Chan-ocha has enlisted every available weapon to fight back, including COVID-19.

Surviving Four Disasters in Sumba

This is not a series of incidental disasters, but the result of structural problems related to capitalist expansion, climate change and recurring global epidemics

COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: Public health, social impacts, and political attitudes

Southeast Asian citizens are not providing carte blanche to their governments to wind back civil liberties and political rights.

Protests and Pandemics: Civil Society Mobilisation in Thailand and the Philippines

...creating spaces for civil society should be integral to post-pandemic recovery and reconstruction plans.

Indonesia’s open-door lockdown

Along with the ineffectual lockdown the widely reported graft has fomented outrage and eroded trust in the government’s ability to handle the pandemic and keep its people safe.

Kaum perempuan di garis depan: Peran kepemimpinan yang tak dihitung dalam penanganan COVID-19

Pengakuan pentingnya peran ini bisa memperkuatkan strategi baru.

Frontline women: unrecognised leadership in Indonesia’s COVID-19 response

Incorporating women's experiences and skills would improve pandemic responses.

In limbo: Migrant workers struggle with the Myanmar coup and COVID-19

As their travel documents expire Myanmar migrants risk becoming undocumented and excluded from legal protections by shortcomings in both Myanmar and Thai migration policies.

Thailand’s COVID-19 prisons outbreak: time for an early release?

Large COVID outbreaks in prisons are only a part of a bigger problem in terms of the state overlooking the welfare of prisoners.

What is behind vaccine hesitancy in Indonesia?

Perceived religious prohibition, vaccine coercion, anti-Chinese sentiment and reliance on alternative health and hygiene practices are contributing to low vaccination acceptance.