Myanmar is experiencing a transition from military to semi-civilian rule. Its new government has released hundreds of political prisoners and relaxed controls on political association, civil society and the press. But for most of Myanmar’s people, who are among the poorest in Asia, reform has yet to improve basic services such as healthcare.
Babies are plentiful in Timor Leste - almost seven per woman on average - and so too are health problems in a country where chronic malnutrition is rampant and access to effective healthcare remains a luxury.
Away from their wives for long periods, some male migrant workers turn to brothels. Nearly half of all new HIV cases in Nepal are recorded among people living in highway districts, which are home to high numbers of migratory workers.
Rights groups and former detainees say it's rife with unlawful detention and physical abuse that masquerades as rehabilitation. The government denies the charges.