Health


On Thursday, Chinese researcher Tu Youyou will grace the world stage to collect a Nobel Prize for medicine. Tu, now 84, spent decades devising a malaria treatment based on Chinese traditional medicine that went on to save millions of lives in Asia and across Africa. Not that many people have heard her name.
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It is harvest time in the shadow of mist-covered mountains in southern Shan State – not for the rice or pulses growing elsewhere, but in the fields that will supply heroin to voracious markets, in Myanmar and across international borders.
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WHO and UNICEF are supporting the Ministry of Health to conduct a polio vaccination campaign in 102 townships across Myanmar, targeting 1.4 million children under 5 years of age,according to a joint press release on 30 November.
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They haven’t had much of a break, the slum-dwellers and squatters in Yangon’s densely populated industrial outer suburb of Hlaing Tharyar. But they’re hoping the National League for Democracy’s election victory will usher in a better era. (more…)

Students on a hunger strike at Thayawady Prison in Pegu Division, currently on trial over the education protests at Letpadan, have been sent against their will to Rangoon General Hospital, their families said. (more…)

Health workers in Thailand said 2015 was a bad year for dengue fever and resulted in more than a hundred deaths and tens of thousands of cases. (more…)

Twenty-five years ago, the state of public health for large populations was like that of a doctor trying to treat a patient without a proper diagnosis. The diseases and injuries that cut lives short and caused widespread suffering were not rigorously tracked.
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At least 12 people have died in a cholera outbreak in the southern Karen State town of Kyainseikgyi in the past the two months, according to the Backpack Health Worker Team.
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Three months after the nationwide flood disaster, civil society groups say that government has vastly underestimated the damage toll in Chin State, where locals are facing a looming food shortage.
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Bumrungrad Hospital Pcl, Thailand’s second largest healthcare provider by market value, said on Wednesday it received a business permit from the Myanmar Investment Commission to operate a private clinic and diagnostic services in Myanmar.
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The World Obesity Federation has named and shamed the worlds’ largest countries – and Burma has made a surprise appearance on the list.
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Two thousand acres of cultivated farmland flooded. Eight thousand people displaced. Eighty-four percent now living in poverty. More than a third hungry. Ten suicide attempts.
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With lights flashing and sirens blaring, volunteer ambulance driver Myint Hein weaves through traffic-choked Yangon, a lifeline in Myanmar where healthcare was crippled by decades of chronic underfunding during junta rule.
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The World Bank’s October 2015 Myanmar Economic Monitor is out and boasts the growth of social spending overdefence, but between the lines the positive news is somewhat misconstrued. (more…)

Existing laws and regulations used to crack down on prostitution are denying education and health care to sex workers, according to a Mandalay-based civil society group.
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Almost 300 students from a middle school in eastern Burma’s Karen State fell ill on Wednesday after drinking water sourced from a local pond.
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The Hpa-an Prosthetic Limb Refurbishment Department provided amputees with free refurbishment, servicing and repairs for their prosthetic limbs at Thanbyuzayat Township Hospital, Mon State on 8 September.
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The National League for Democracy will release its election manifesto in the coming days, senior members say. Covering everything from education and health to the economy and agriculture, the manifesto could assuage concerns that the party is a policy lightweight.
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The threat of a drug-resistant malaria pandemic in Myanmar has been contained for now, thanks to joint efforts of malaria research organisations and Myanmar’s health ministry according to an article published by the SciDev.Net website on 31 August.
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Two political prisoner groups have expressed “great concern” over the treatment of four students in Mandalay’s Obo Prison arrested last month for spraying graffiti on the front of a university.
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