Health


Ask Daw Nayee Ziram how she feels about her 28 years as the only midwife serving six isolated villages in Kachin State’s remote Putao valley and the response will be a two-hour rant.

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Hospitals are refusing to open drug treatment centres for fear of attracting criminals, campaigners say. While residents who live near a methadone therapy program in Yangon say they have seen drug users in the vicinity and they fear to go out at night, advocates have called on health authorities to open more centres because of the growing need.

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When Myo Arkar returned to his home in Yangon’s North Dagon Township after working through a long, hot day, he opened a cold bottle of purified of water to quench his thirst, but as he drank he sensed a rusty smell and taste, and then noticed brown particles swirling in the bottle.
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Aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières is demanding that drug companies cut the cost of pneumonia vaccines for poor children worldwide, a move that could greatly affect Myanmar.
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Myanmar’s government has published its first ever Public Expenditure Review, which details recent ramp-ups in health and education spending and outlines a range of challenges to improving public spending.
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Authorities in Arakan State have imposed new restrictions on the Rohingya minority’s access to medical treatment in Rangoon, after local sources reported that many patients did not return to the region after traveling to hospitals in the commercial capital.
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Burma’s new National League for Democracy (NLD)-led  government has released its first roadmap to healthcare reform, including plans to introduce Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s new de facto leader, has undergone an eye operation for cataracts.
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After each typhoon, earthquake or flood in disaster-prone Southeast Asia, well-meaning individuals and groups donate infant formula, not realising the dangers it can pose to children in a crisis, aid workers say.
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Plans to build a 5,000 ton cement factory in Mi Kayin village in the Karen State’s Hpa-an Township has been halted after concern from locals. The announcement on March 30 came during a meeting with Karen Armed Group Unity Committee (KAGU) days after disgruntled villagers gathered for a public prayer service at the base of Mi Kayin Mountain.
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A parliamentary committee has recommended the incoming Yangon Region government suspend two approved projects on state land, including a US$70 million private hospital.
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Ministry of Health officials will be called to parliament today to reveal details of an investigation into the cause of death and severe illness of dozens of newborns in Bago Region.
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Chit Lin Myaing Company will scrap its plans to develop a 5,000-tonne cement factory in Mi Kayin village with the Chinese Yunnan provincial government, announced its owner, Colonel Saw Chit Thu of the border guard force.
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“One of my friends is five weeks pregnant. She is uneducated and poor. Her boyfriend ran away when she told him that she was pregnant. She’s crying and helpless. She’s thinking about abortion with an unlicensed nurse. It’s too dangerous for her… It’s been five weeks.”
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Thant Zin experienced heart palpitations and severe chest pain for about an hour while alone in a hotel room, traveling for work; he had trouble breathing and felt like he was about to die. His first thought was that he was having a heart attack, before later realizing that it was, in fact, an anxiety attack.
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Ethnic and community based health organizations issued a call for Burma’s new government to recognize community based health services that are being carried out in ethnic areas. These services are often provided in remote places that are far from the government’s health services.
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Hundreds of locals in the Karen State capital Hpa-an gathered on Tuesday to voice objections to a recently revived proposal there to develop a limestone quarry and cement factory, which was put on hold two years ago pending public consultation.
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Telenor continues to confront thorny health and safety issues in Myanmar, with an accident on one of its tower sites leading to two deaths and continued instances of child and underage labour cropping up.
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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Border Affairs to reduce food insecurity in 11 regions and states of Myanmar, official media reported Tuesday.
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The Union Health Minister Dr Than Aung speaking during World TB Elimination Day in Naypyitaw on March 24 said that Myanmar would implement a TB elimination programme over the next 5-years.
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