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Promoting health through the life course

U.S. brands China as among worst human trafficking offenders

The U.S. State Department has placed China on its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that had eased under President Donald Trump. Myanmar was upgraded to the Tier 2 Watch List of nations that deserve special scrutiny, from Tier 3, those countries not complying with minimum U.S. standards and making no significant effort to do so. Afghanistan, Malaysia and Qatar moved up to Tier 2, a list of nations making significant efforts to comply

June 27, 2017

U.N. rights expert urges Myanmar to protect detained Rohingya children

Myanmar should guarantee the rights and medical care of children from the Rohingya Muslim minority detained in an army crackdown launched in October, a U.N. human rights investigator said. Speaking at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Yanghee Lee said children should not be "arbitrarily deprived of their liberty" and she urged the government to investigate the death of a child who, according to the government, died because of ill health in February. The government did not report the death until last week, she said

June 15, 2017

China's $10 billion strategic project in Myanmar sparks local ire

Myanmar`s Kyauk Pyu port is key to China`s "Belt and Road" plans as an entry point for the pipeline that gives China an alternative route for Middle East oil and is part of the nearly $10 billion Kyauk Pyu Special Economic Zone, a scheme at the heart of fast-warming Myanmar-China relations and whose success is crucial for Aung San Suu Kyi. Internal documents show up to 20,000 people may be relocated. Although the Chinese developer claims the project will create 100,000 new jobs, few of the villagers suffering from relocation have been able to land work on this project. Suspicion of China runs deep in Myanmar, and public hostility due to environmental and other concerns has delayed or derailed Chinese mega-projects in the country in the past

June 9, 2017

Myanmar children in conflict-hit areas risk getting left behind: U.N.

About 2.2m children living in remote and conflict ridden parts of Myanmar could be left behind, as the country rapidly develops following decades of military rule, the UN has warned. UNICEF is calling for greater humanitarian access to these regions so as to ensure that youngsters in the country have a brighter future. Although social and economic measures rolled out by the new government have improved health, education and protection for children, the country’s remotest parts are yet to benefit

May 23, 2017

Myanmar trains midwives to tackle maternal death rate

Myanmar is training up hundreds of midwives in an effort to reduce the number of women who die in childbirth, one of the many social policy reforms launched by the country as it emerges from decades of military rule

April 1, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Bird flu breaks out in Myanmar southern region

Bird flu has recently broken out in Dawei, Myanmar’s southern Tanintharyi coastal region, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. According to an announcement of the Ministry of Health and Sports, more than 1,800 chickens were culled to prevent spread of the virus

July 26, 2017
New Straits Times, Vietnam plus

3,000 diagnosed with dengue fever in Rangoon, 18 died

Some three thousand people in Rangoon have contracted dengue fever this year, and at least 18 have died from its effects. “From early 2017 to 9 July 2017, 2,855 people have been diagnosed with dengue fever and 18 have died from the virus,” said Dr. Khin Nan Lone of the regional public health department in Rangoon

July 12, 2017

Dealing with increasing cases of monkey malaria in humans

There are increasing reports of monkey malaria, most of which are due to P. knowlesi, and which has established itself as the fifth Plasmodium species that infects humans. It has not been determined whether P. knowlesi is naturally transmitted from one human to another by the mosquito, without the natural intermediate host (monkeys). As such, P. knowlesi is still considered a zoonotic infection. There were 4,553 and 204 cases reported from Sabah and Sarawak, and Peninsular Malaysia from 2004 to 2016 respectively. The infection has also been reported in Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and China with 465, 37, 33, six, five, three, one and one cases respectively

June 25, 2017

Spike in Yangon dengue cases expected

According to the Yangon Public Health Department, over 1,000 people were infected with dengue in the first five months, while 270 cases were reported in the same period last year. The Yangon region of Myanmar has seen a five-fold increase in cases

June 2, 2017
Myanmar Times

Dengue fever may reach epidemic levels in Yangon this year

The Myanmar Public Health Department has recorded nearly 2,000 cases of dengue throughout the country in the first quarter of 2017 and more than half of these were recorded in the Yangon Region, marking a steep rise since last year while, the department reported 1,924 cases nationwide, there were 1,104 cases in the Yangon region – nine have been fatal so far

May 29, 2017

Dengue fever kills two in Rakhine State

The Myanmar press reports that there is an outbreak of dengue in Rakhine State with 220 reported cases and at least 16 districts affected, the Myanmar press also reported that two people have died from dengue in recent days

May 22, 2017

Non communicable diseases

'Tuberculosis' kills 14 in Myanmar’s remote north

At least 14 people have died from pulmonary tuberculosis in a remote and impoverished region of Myanmar’s north this year, according to officials

March 9, 2017
Anadolu Agency
March 13, 2017
Daily Trust

Health systems

State Counsellor to medical staff: be competent, ethical

Aung San Suu Kyi said that Myanmar was in need of more doctors and medical staff who are not only professionally competent but who are also ethically committed to their work in raising the standard of healthcare in Myanmar so that they can help everyone maximize their opportunities for the benefit of the nation

April 4, 2017
Myanmar Times