Health


They endured years of imprisonment – and, in many cases, torture – for their political beliefs, before being released amid government reforms. But thousands of former political prisoners in Myanmar are still suffering, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), due to financial hardship and poor health.
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The government has confirmed an avian flu outbreak in a poultry farming area in upper Burma, according to an announcement in state-run media on Thursday.
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Burma’s Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday chewed over a proposal about how to reduce the consumption of betel nut, a mild street-side stimulant known for leaving a blood-red trail on the lips of users and the sidewalks they travel.
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A sanctuary providing healthcare for displaced Burmese along the Thai-Burma border since 1989, Mae Tao Clinic will soon be relocating to a new site. DVB interviews founder and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr Cynthia Muang.
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A recent report on health in eastern Burma highlights the relationship between human rights abuses and the health of the area’s population, while drawing comparisons with war-torn Somalia.
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A large-scale survey among ethnic minority communities in eastern Burma released on Thursday found that health care in the conflict-affected region has somewhat improved after ceasefires were signed in recent years, although it remains beset by serious health care challenges.
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Women in Shan State are being affected more than previously by problems related to drug use by other people according to the Cherry-Poanyake Network, an alliance group made up of seven community based organisations (CBOs).
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Myanmar has signed a new agreement with the World Bank to bring improved maternal, newborn and child healthcare to millions of mothers and young children in the country. (more…)

Before giving permission to build coal-fuelled power plants, the government should conduct health assessments of those living near existing projects, mining expert Saw Moe Myint told a forum on power supplies. (more…)

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.

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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…)

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