Health


In a hugely positive step forward for women’s rights and reproductive health this week, it was announced that free long-acting reversible contraceptives are to be made available through the public health system.

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After a study released last week narrowed the likely cause of drug-resistant malaria along the Myanmar-Thailand border to a mutation in a specific parasite gene, health officials are trying to figure out how best to respond.

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Through cooking and farming demonstrations, a project starting this month aims to improve nutrition in the rural areas of Chin State, where stunted growth continues to affect a large segment of the population.

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Myanmar women would like to have more access to reproductive health resources, according to surveys conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Public Health Department under the Ministry of Health and Sports.

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The rapid decline in effectiveness of a widely used anti-malaria drug treatment on the Thai-Burmese border is linked to the increasing prevalence of specific mutations in the malaria parasite itself, according to a paper published in the Clinical Infectious Disease Journal.

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The health ministry is planning to launch a national-level campaign against liver diseases this year, partly in response to the prevalence of Hepatitis B in Myanmar, with which 6.5 per cent of the population is infected, announced the Liver Foundation.

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At the end of a day learning about sex, Dr Ne Win’s students show how they feel by placing stickers on a daily “mood meter”.

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The government has denied ordering a controversial nationwide ban on the popular stimulant betel. A statement issued by the State Counsellor’s Office yesterday said non-specific instructions were issued to state and region authorities last month advising them to curb usage of the carcinogenic chewing nut, but not to outright outlaw it.

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“The doctor told me I should exercise regularly, but I don’t want to do that,” said U Aung Kyaw Oo, fixing Frontier with a mischievous grin. In August last year the 50-year-old was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after a routine medical check-up.

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The President’s Office opened an online poll on Wednesday night to collect the public’s thoughts on reducing betel nut chewing and spitting in government offices and public places.

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The Ministry of Health has confirmed that six children have died from diphtheria in Yangon and Ayeyarwady regions this year.

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The committee announced that it would fine shops that did not follow rules and regulations, but said efforts to reduce betel consumption have been limited due to the large number of people who chew the substance in Myanmar’s second-largest city.

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During a power blackout on a hot night in May, Thidar Han heard a baby crying at around 9 pm in back lane of Yangon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township, where she works as a ward administrator.

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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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