Health


Ms Grete Faremo, United Nations Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, urged Myanmar to continue to extend essential health care to poor and vulnerable communities, and pledged to support the development of the country’s health, according to a press release issued on March 26 by the United Nations Office of Project Services or UNOPS.
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HIV-positive patients are concerned for the future quality of their medical options as the government takes control of HIV care and aims to largely decentralise treatment to the township level by next year.
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The World Food Programme has welcomed the Myanmar’s adoption of the Zero Hunger Challenge and its aim of achieving Zero Hunger in Myanmar by 2025, according to a press release from the United Nations Development Programme and World Food Programme on March 13. (more…)

Burma’s Ministry of Health has declared ten brands of Chinese-made medicines prohibited for sale, saying that they are not registered with local health officials. (more…)

Refugees taking shelter on the Sino-Burmese border after fleeing fighting in northeast Burma’s Kokang Special Region are facing shortage of humanitarian support, according to Kokang lawmakers in contact with them.
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The Mon Women of Prowess Organization, also known as MiCaoBu, is currently providing mobile medical care and free medical treatment to local people through its traveling clinic.
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The Three Millennium Development Goal Fund will partner with the with United Nations Population Fund to support the Myanmar Health Ministry’s plans to strengthen the health system, according to a press release from the fund on March 5. (more…)

Two United Nations agencies are calling for a national immunisation program to resume in Shan State’s Kokang region, despite ongoing violence that has claimed more than 130 lives.
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The Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department in Sagaing Division has imposed a temporary ban on the transportation of poultry across the region amid a fresh outbreak of bird flu.
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They endured years of imprisonment – and, in many cases, torture – for their political beliefs, before being released amid government reforms. But thousands of former political prisoners in Myanmar are still suffering, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), due to financial hardship and poor health.
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The government has confirmed an avian flu outbreak in a poultry farming area in upper Burma, according to an announcement in state-run media on Thursday.
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Burma’s Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday chewed over a proposal about how to reduce the consumption of betel nut, a mild street-side stimulant known for leaving a blood-red trail on the lips of users and the sidewalks they travel.
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A sanctuary providing healthcare for displaced Burmese along the Thai-Burma border since 1989, Mae Tao Clinic will soon be relocating to a new site. DVB interviews founder and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr Cynthia Muang.
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A recent report on health in eastern Burma highlights the relationship between human rights abuses and the health of the area’s population, while drawing comparisons with war-torn Somalia.
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A large-scale survey among ethnic minority communities in eastern Burma released on Thursday found that health care in the conflict-affected region has somewhat improved after ceasefires were signed in recent years, although it remains beset by serious health care challenges.
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Women in Shan State are being affected more than previously by problems related to drug use by other people according to the Cherry-Poanyake Network, an alliance group made up of seven community based organisations (CBOs).
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Myanmar has signed a new agreement with the World Bank to bring improved maternal, newborn and child healthcare to millions of mothers and young children in the country. (more…)

Before giving permission to build coal-fuelled power plants, the government should conduct health assessments of those living near existing projects, mining expert Saw Moe Myint told a forum on power supplies. (more…)

In the middle of a bustling village hall in Myanmar’s Kayin state, a government health worker pricks the finger of a child to extract a tiny drop of blood for a malaria test. (more…)

The largest clinic in Myanmar for treating HIV/AIDS and drug resistant tuberculosis has been officially opened in Yangon’s Insein Township by the international medical humanitarian organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres. (more…)

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