Health


Seventeen-year-old Ma Win was exhausted, to put it mildly. During the rainy season this year, the young woman fell sick with chills, body aches, joint pain and dizziness—not once, but twice, within two months. “I couldn’t walk,” she said in July, just days after recovering. (more…)

Health officials were insisting last week a cholera outbreak in Yangon’s South Okkalapa township was under control, after hundreds of patients presented at an emergency clinic and Thingangyun Sanpa Hospital for treatment. (more…)

Three Millennium Development Goals Fund (3MDG Fund) will provide US$11.5 million for anti-tuberculosis drug resistance projects implemented by the Ministry of Health in Yangon and Mandalay, sources say. (more…)

Doctors at Yangon Mental Hospital say they are seeing a rise in the number patients in their 20s who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, and this along with anecdotal and other evidence indicates that alcohol and drug addiction use is surging among those in their 20s as well as among teenagers. (more…)

Residents of Rakhine State’s capital, Sittwe, will protest against any attempt by Medicins Sans Frontieres-Holland (MSF) to return to the state, they said, following an announcement by the government that it had signed an agreement with the non-governmental organisation allowing it to resume its medical programmes in Rakhine. (more…)

Medics working with civilians displaced by fighting in Kachin State are struggling to cope because of a lack of resources – community based organizations warn of a potential health crisis. (more…)

Dr Than Sein, head of the Public Health Foundation, which helped organise the seminar, said Myanmar urgently needed a national action plan to tackle what he described as a growing culture of excessive drinking, particularly among young people. (more…)

In August 2007, students and opposition activists took to the streets of Myanmar, also known as Burma, to protest rising fuel and food prices.
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Burma’s Ministry of Health has announced that more than 10,000 children, aged between three and eight years, contract dengue every year.
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The health authorities in Rakhine State are taking steps aimed at containing an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis which has claimed two lives this month, bringing the death toll since the start of July to 10.
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An international medical group has urged the Burmese government to follow through on a commitment to let it resume work in one of the poorest parts of the country, warning that healthcare there has seriously deteriorated since it was expelled.
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When 26-year-old Aye Aye Khin came down with a cold earlier this year, she did not go to see a doctor. Instead, she decided to seek the help of a salesman at a nearby drugstore.
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Community health workers in the Thai border town of Mae Sot have developed a health education campaign under the banner of Stop Dengue – Protect Your Family! Health workers said that the aim of the campaign is to combat the spread of the mosquito borne infection among the region’s migrant workers.
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Thousands of people in eastern Burma are urgently in need of drinking water after the area’s lakes and wells were polluted by floodwater last week.
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Poe Cho lies small on the floor of the children’s ward at Mae Tao Clinic. His tiny body has been stilled by dengue fever. Poe Cho, 7, was infected by dengue when bitten by the Aedes mosquito while staying at the Yaw Bu Temple in Myawaddy.
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Health workers and NGOs that focus on stemming the spread of sexually transmitted diseases conducted outreach activities at the Taungbyone nat festival in Mandalay’s Madaya township last week.
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Doctors in Rangoon are concerned about an apparently unexplained increase in recurrent influenza infections this rainy season.
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A shift in funding priorities by donor organisations is affecting the work of the famous Mae Tao Clinic, says its founder, Dr Cynthia Maung.
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A little girl balances a bag of donated rice on her head as she begs for her family of eight. Other children play in fetid, trash-clogged pools of water. And at a religious class at a makeshift mosque, more than a third of the children had not eaten that day. Or the day before.
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Myanmar’s ministers for information and health have been allowed to retire, state television reported Tuesday, in the country’s second Cabinet reshuffle in two months.
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