Health


A rights group reported on Wednesday morning that “important progress” was being made in negotiations between the government and Médecins Sans Frontières, raising the possibility that the group’s live-saving care may return to Rakhine State in the near future.
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Dozens of villages in Thantlang, Matupi and Paletwa townships are facing renewed food shortages following bad weather conditions and low yields of harvest.
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Burma’s health ministry has deployed an emergency response team to Arakan State following the suspension of Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) operations there, but concerns are growing over a sudden gap in medical care for hundreds of thousands of people who previously depended on the humanitarian organization’s services.
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Thursday 6 February saw the Government launch of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. The program will aim to combat malnutrition in Burma, where a third of all children under five are stunted in their growth. It will be run in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Health Organisation (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF.
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Residents in Kangon village, Latpadaung, have been expressing health concerns over a sulphuric acid plant that is making residents in the area become ill.
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Despite calls to increase spending on health and education, Burma’s government is facing a budget deficit and does not plan to substantially boost its allocation of funds for either sector in the next fiscal year.
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Burma’s Food and Drug Administration lacks the resources necessary to adequately inspect food products in a local market that consumer advocates say is inundated with dicey offerings, according to one of the government regulatory body’s directors.
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The Myanmarese Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday urged experts to support re-building her country’s healthcare system.
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The use of pesticides for fishing in Mandalay division’s Thabyaw lake is contaminating the freshwater supply for local villagers in Sintgu township.
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Saw Khar Hsu Nyar-The Karen National Union has opened, in response to village concerns, a clinic to give remote and isolated rural communities access to healthcare.
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The state of toilets and sewerage in Burma should be improved both to attract foreign visitors and to improve sanitation, observers said.
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A donor-funded clinic in northwestern Thailand is helping save the lives of underweight babies born to impoverished Burmese mothers who have crossed the border to seek help.
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European Commission on Thursday announced a proposal for aid to Burma, which could see an extra US$121 million a year donated to the Southeast Asian nation’s development for the next seven years.
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Sporadic intercommunal violence and continuing tensions mean essential services are out of reach for many in Rakhine state. The ICRC and the Myanmar Red Cross Society are helping the local authorities to rebuild livelihoods for people affected on both sides of the communal divide.
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Burma’s government has removed more than 1,000 Burmese doctors from a blacklist that stripped them of their medical licenses and prevented many who lived abroad from returning home.
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On the heels of renewed anti-Muslim violence this week in western Burma, and as President Thein Sein concludes a rare visit to the region, health care providers say discriminatory practices at local government hospitals are preventing Muslim patients with life-threatening conditions from accessing treatment.
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Several months ago, health authorities warned that Burma could be facing a dengue fever epidemic. As the rainy season begins to wind down, officials say the number of dengue cases and related deaths have been lower than expected. But some 16,000 cases and 75 deaths have still been recorded so far this year, most of them children.
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The Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot will soon be forced to relocate when its land lease expires.
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A recent study published in Conflict and Health explores the traumatic stress of medics working in low-resource war-affected areas of Karen state, eastern Burma (also known as Myanmar). The study is the first of its kind to document the psychological effects of conflict on health providers in difficult-to-access areas of Burma.
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