Health


Residents of Kahnyaw Village in Chaungzon Township face difficulties accessing clean water because a construction company building an approach road for a new Salween River bridge to Mawlamyine dumped waste into a pond.
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Tuberculosis is a global public health scourge. In 2014, 9.6 million people worldwide were estimated to have fallen ill with the disease, while 1.5 million people suffered TB-related deaths.
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In an age in which data is more plentiful and accessible than ever before, we are accustomed to basing our decisions on as much evidence as we can gather. The more important the decision, the keener we are to ensure that our research is thorough and our information is accurate.
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Foreign investors have turned their attention to multi-million-dollar projects in Myanmar’s healthcare industry after being shut out for years, encouraged by the country’s growing base of customers with money to spend.
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Rubber plantation workers in Mon State have been participating in a study that experts hope will contribute to the eradication of malaria in Myanmar in the next 15 years.
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According to reports, over 90 factories in the Mandalay Industrial Zone in Pyigyidagun Township, have been dumping waste water into the Dunawadi River, depriving villages situated downstream of drinkable water and causing health problems.
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Burma’s President-elect Htin Kyaw told parliament on Monday that a proposal he put forward last week to reorganise the country’s administrative structure would save money for use in underfunded sectors.
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In May 1989, as the military junta continued its brutal crackdown on those linked to the ’88 democratic uprising, Chit San, a former soldier, was arrested by Myanmar’s notorious Special Branch police. For the next five months he was held at a military barracks where he faced interrogations and torture.
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Drought conditions linked to an El Niño climate pattern that the Meteorology Department says will be the strongest in five centuries are already bringing misery to residents of Myanmar’s central dry zone.
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Living or working in unhealthy conditions is leading thousands of people in Myanmar to an early grave, according to a new report by the World Health Organization. (more…)

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP), both UN agencies, released a statement on Thursday revealing that rural communities in western Burma are still enduring increased levels of food insecurity, particularly in areas recovering from natural disasters.
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People living in the southern Shan State village of Tigyit say that pollution from a nearby coal mine is seriously impacting their health.
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More than 20 newborns remain hospitalised in intensive care units but appear to be improving nearly two weeks after showing signs of blood poisoning following a hepatitis B vaccine.
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An investigation by Burma’s Ministry of Health is ongoing into the cause of three newborns’ deaths after they received hepatitis B vaccines last week at Bago General Hospital.
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For the 7th time an Israeli eye doctor’s delegation known as “Eye from Zion” arrived in Myanmar as part of an ongoing collaboration in the area of health between Myanmar and Israel, according to a statement on 16 March.
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People living on some islands in Myeik are facing water shortage and have to buy water brought in on boats.

“We have water in the summer time, and there are no wells in our village. We have water only during the rainy season. We have to pay Ks 500 per barrel of water,” a resident of Pin-aw Village said.
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Farmers have responded furiously after Nay Pyi Taw’s municipal authorities began to parcel off plots of unused but disputed land and hand it over to doctors.
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Health authorities are on high alert following a recent meningococcal meningitis outbreak that has claimed the lives of four children in Mandalay Region.
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About 1,000 people are facing food shortages after having fled from their homes in Kutkai Township, northern Shan State where government troops and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) are fighting.
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At least three newborns have died and another two dozen are reacting poorly after a round of hepatitis B vaccinations last week at Bago General Hospital. Health officials are scrambling to determine what went wrong during what should have been a routine procedure.
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