Health


It was in the middle of the night on August 10, 2015 when I first saw lots of notifications on my Facebook page alerting me to an online campaign protest by Burmese medical doctors. The campaign was titled “Black Ribbon Movement 2015.” I was already enrolled as a member of the campaign’s private Facebook group and recognized a photo of familiar orthopedic surgeons wearing black ribbons on their green OT coats.
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Sixteen-year-old Wut Yee, left to fend for herself and her younger brother, was relieved when her exhausted mother finally came home after a week’s disappearance, but the feeling was short-lived.
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Burma’s health minister on Wednesday scrapped plans to fill more of the 300 vacancies at the ministry with military personnel, after thousands of people joined a rare online protest against eight initial appointments.
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A movement launched Monday against the appointment of military officers to positions within the Ministry of Health has responded cautiously to an apparent change of heart on the part of the government.
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Health workers are battling the spectre of cholera in the regions devastated by floods. So far, they say, the several known outbreaks of diarrhoea do not constitute an epidemic. But relief workers are moving rapidly to distribute medicines and carrying out crash public health education programs on the scene to alert people to the risk of dirty water and contaminated food.
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Setting aside decades of animosity and suspicion, senior Myanmar government and military officials have held unprecedented discussions with representatives of the main opposition party and ethnic minorities here on fighting a common enemy — malaria.
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A meeting of Burmese government officials, opposition party leaders and ethnic minority groups held in the US capital this week has resulted in agreement on an ambitious target for eliminating malaria in Burma by 2030, a top visiting health official said here Tuesday.
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Plans to open a psychology clinic and training centre, the first of its kind in Myanmar, at the Psychology Department of Yangon University are going ahead despite a lack of funding from local or foreign donors.
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KFC’s arrival in Yangon isn’t simply about adding another unhealthy option to Myanmar’s smorgasbord of deep-fried delights.
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Overpriced private pharmacies are to be banned from government hospitals by order of the health ministry, as the government is able to supply more medicines directly to hospitals.
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On a dusty industrial lot in northern Hong Kong, a group of travelers sheltered in the shade away from the pressing July heat, packing old cloth bags and backpacks with Styrofoam to protect a more precious cargo: smuggled meat.
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Up to US$4.7 million of government funds have been poured into treatment for 1,000 multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patients in the 2014-15 fiscal year, according to Deputy Health Minister Dr Thein Thein Htay.
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Dengue fever has killed 60 people in Myanmar as of July 10 since its outbreak in January, according to a report on the zeenews website quoting local media on 12 July.
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Myanmar’s parliament is “playing with fire” by passing a bill regulating the right of women from the country’s Buddhist majority to marry men from outside their religion, an international human rights group said Wednesday.
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In every country, there are always tensions between medical practitioners charged with keeping those incarcerated in good health, and prison officials. As medical ethics and jail policy are often at odds with each other, this is a never-ending dispute.
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Heavy monsoon rains in the Teknaf region of Bangladesh have caused widespread destruction and misery for thousands of Rohingyas in Leda and Kutupalong makeshift camps who are also facing food shortages, according to Salim, a Leda Camp refugee leader.
The Leda makeshift camp has 13,000 refugees and about 50,000 refugees live in Kutupalong makeshift camp.
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In every country, there are always tensions between medical practitioners charged with keeping those incarcerated in good health, and prison officials. As medical ethics and jail policy are often at odds with each other, this is a never-ending dispute.
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A student collapsed in court on Tuesday whilst attending a hearing for Letpadan education protestors at Tharawaddy township court.
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In partnership with the Myanmar Ministry of Health, GE and the GE Foundation held a ceremony at Yangon Central Women’s Hospital to celebrate the delivery and installation of medical equipment at major hospitals in Yangon on 27 June according to a media release.
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Thailand is providing 350 million baht (US$10.4 million) in partnering with Myanmar to develop alternatives to opium poppy cultivation in 56 villages in the border area of Mong Hsat in Shan State, according to Vice President U Sai Mauk Kham.
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