In the middle of a bustling village hall in Myanmar’s Kayin state, a government health worker pricks the finger of a child to extract a tiny drop of blood for a malaria test. (more…)

The largest clinic in Myanmar for treating HIV/AIDS and drug resistant tuberculosis has been officially opened in Yangon’s Insein Township by the international medical humanitarian organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres. (more…)

Ka Lar Nar caught malaria for the sixth time when he was working away from home on his small farm in the jungle of southeastern Burma, but this time it was a lot harder to get rid of it. (more…)

Physical rehabilitation centres supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross treated 1,375 patients, between July and the end of October 2014, 53 percent of whom were landmine victims; a figure up from the first half of the year when they saw 1,250 patients, 47 percent of whom are landmine victims.


At a mobile clinic in East Dagon, a 27-year-old female patient with early diabetes is about 16 weeks pregnant. Few weeks ago, a doctor prescribed her oral hypoglycemic agents that would be safe to take during the pregnancy. However when she went to a pharmacy for refills, she received a different, contraindicated drug. (more…)

Médecins Sans Frontières is warning of a worldwide drug-resistant tuberculosis crisis that includes serious concerns for Myanmar. (more…)

The Ministry of Health is planning to open treatment centres for people suffering from heart disease and other heart-related conditions in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay, Health Minister Than Aung told Parliament’s Upper House earlier this week. (more…)

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.

Burma’s Ministry of Health has announced that more than 10,000 children, aged between three and eight years, contract dengue every year.

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.

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.

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.

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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