Health


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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The Ministry of Health has launched an investigation into the deaths of three infants that received a Hepatitis B vaccine at Bago General Hospital.
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Thirty four countries — 27 of them in Africa — do not have enough food for their people because of conflicts, drought and flooding, according to a United Nations report issued Wednesday. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s Crop Prospects and Food Situation report said conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and the Central African Republic had taken a heavy toll on agricultural production, worsening the humanitarian crises in those countries. And the impact of these conflicts extends to neighboring countries that are hosting refugees, straining food resources in those countries, it said. The other countries on the list facing food shortages are Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Guinea, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal and North Korea.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/10/world/africa/34-countries-need-food-aid-report-says.html

A temporary water shortage in Rangoon has hit the northern suburbs of the city caused by a technical default in one of the main water reservoirs.
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As a boy growing up in post-war South Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: Women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear. “They are wondering if they will ever step into those shoes again,” my mother explained.
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At the entrance to the Mawlamyine Christian leprosy hospital (MCLH) in Myanmar’s Mon state, a poem, inscribed on a stone tablet, begins: “People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centred.”
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Over 4,000 residents have signed a petition against the use of coal to power a cement factory owned by Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL) in the Pyar Taung area of Kyaikmaraw Township, Mon State.
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Health specialists met in Yangon yesterday to discuss insect-fighting clothes as a way of eliminating malaria in Myanmar.
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