Health


Following a confirmed case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Thailand this week, Myanmar’s Ministry of Health is launching a public awareness campaign.
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Arsenic above the safe levels permitted for human consumption has been found in groundwater in Arakan State and Ayeyawady and Bago divisions.
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Over a hundred and twenty homeless people currently staying at a makeshift camp in Pyinoolwin are in urgent need of medicine and clothes, a volunteer, Saung Thazin, told Mizzima.
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After nine months without medical care, the posting of a single doctor to a “leprosy village” in Yangon is only a small consolation for its nearly 200 residents.
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The number of severely malnourished children has spiked in northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, a European Union agency said, after floods six months ago dealt a new blow to an area home to a persecuted population with little access to basic services.
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The construction of a controversial 12-storey building in the compound of Yangon General Hospital in downtown Yangon will go ahead as planned, according to the Ministry of Health.
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The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) in Burma is facing a funding shortfall of $51 million to meet all the needs till the end of 2016. The organisation, which has a 250-strong staff in the country, says it provided food and cash assistance to 1.2 million people in 2015. This includes emergency food assistance to half a million victims of disasters and conflict.
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A coalition of three groups released a report on Monday highlighting the ailing health of 53 student demonstrators and supporters detained since March and urging their “immediate and unconditional” release.
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Victory has rewarded the National League for Democracy, led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, after years of effort. However, there are many challenges for the incoming government, including the need to revitalise the economy; bring peace, education and health to the people; and reform the corrupted justice system.
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Nearly 5 million people in Myanmar suffer from a form of hepatitis, health officials say. A nationwide survey conducted last year estimated that about 3.3 million people suffer from hepatitis B and a further 1.3 million live with hepatitis C.
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Khaung Tong Creek was 1.5 meters deep and pristine some 10 years ago, but these days this important tributary of Kachin State’s famed Indawgyi Lake is just a little stream some 10 cm deep, filled with red-brownish mud.
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Burnet Institute research has revealed that if preventive HIV medication were available in Myanmar, a large proportion of at-risk HIV-negative men would be willing to take it, according to the Institute website on 4 January.
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After a number of recent high profile cases, campaigners have become increasingly strident in their demands for harsher punishments to be meted out to perpetrators in child sexual abuse cases.
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Unlicensed, fake goods and cosmetics were incinerated by the Mon State Food and Drug Administration Committee in collaboration with the relevant departments in Ye Township, on the morning of Wednesday 30 December.
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A displaced man in Hai Pa Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP) Camp hanged himself on Saturday 19 December according to a local aid worker in Mong Hsu Township.
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A teenage boy, 17 from Mae La camp committed suicide on December 22 at his house in Zone A-2, it was the second suicide case in a month.
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Thinzar Shunlei Yi was just a teenager when she was sexually assaulted: “It was committed by a person I believed in – a tutor.” Emotionally scarred, there was no one to turn to for support. “I just had to keep it in my mind. I still get nightmares from it.”

Depression soon followed, though Thinzar Shunlei Yi had not heard of the condition at the time. “I didn’t know my mental health was something that could become a problem. I just thought [the incident and my feelings] were my fate,” she explains. “In Burma we have this belief in karma and I thought it was something I had done in my past life.”
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International Migrants Day, on 18 December, has its roots in Asia. This year, it falls on the heels of news from the World Health Organization (WHO) that malaria in the region has dropped by over 45% since 2000, Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) website posting on 17 December.
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Myanmar is slowly emerging from 50 years of isolation and military rule. Even after the victory of the pro-democracy party in November elections, the country is fragile and fragmented. The military still holds much political power. The country is struggling with entrenched poverty. Decades of ethnic and regional warfare have left Myanmar with more armed groups than there are candidates in the U.S. Republican presidential primary.
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Refugee camp officials on the Thai Burma are hugely concerned that suicides among camp residents are climbing.
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