Health


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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The Chinese hospital ship dubbed “Peace Ark” docked at Thilawa Port near Burma’s commercial capital on Wednesday, with hundreds of Burmese naval personnel in attendance along with Rangoon-based Chinese nationals and members of China’s diplomatic corps. (more…)

Burma’s Health Ministry has admitted that the country needs significantly more midwives.
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As Big Tobacco sets up shop in Myanmar, one anti-smoking campaigner going on 90 years of age is doing everything he can to keep them at bay. (more…)

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is spreading rapidly in Burma, with an estimated 9,000 new infections occurring every year, but only a fraction of patients are receiving proper diagnosis and treatment for this dangerous form of TB, Médecins Sans Frontières warned on Thursday. (more…)

Union Minister Dr. Phay Thet Khin from the Ministry of Health said that there are only 15 Neurologists in the entire country. The statement was made at the Upper House Parliament held on August 21, in response to an inquiry. (more…)

Yangon Region’s Department of Health has uncovered scores of unlicensed medical clinics across the city, an official says.
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When Myanmar’s former dictator fell ill six years ago, he didn’t waste time looking for help at local hospitals. Instead, Snr-Gen Than Shwe got on an airplane and flew overseas to Singapore General Hospital, where he reportedly received treatment for an intestinal ailment.
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Malnutrition is the leading cause of deaths for 40 percent of disease-ridden children in Myanmar, says Union Minister Dr. Pe Thet Khin from the Ministry of Health to the Pyithu Hluttaw (House of Representatives) on 10 July.

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The UN refugee agency on Friday called for urgent action and increased financial support to improve conditions for displaced people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and avert a humanitarian catastrophe when seasonal rains start in a few weeks time.
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