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24 Jul 2017 description
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The German government has granted subsidies worth 1.85 million Euros (about 2.1 million US-Dollars) for humanitarian aid in Rakhine State, according to a press release July 21.

It will be used to improve strengthening and improving access to local basic health care structures.

Also conducting awareness raising campaigns on health topics in communities is programmed. In this regard, providing care to pregnant women and new mothers is a special focus.

18 Apr 2017 description
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Regional authorities in Arakan State and Magwe Division say they have been busy laying preparations for any damage and destruction as a tropical storm crossed Burma’s western coastline last night.

With wind speeds of between 50 and 60mph, Cyclone Maarutha was reported on Sunday night to have edged inland from the Bay of Bengal and was on course to pass between Sittwe and Thandwe [Sandoway].

This morning at 6:30, Burma’s meteorology department announced that the storm had weakened as it crossed littoral and inland areas. No casualties have been reported.

14 Jun 2016 description
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A humanitarian organization, Indonesia Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MERC), will join hands with the Indonesian Buddhist Representatives (Walubi) organization to build a hospital in Mrauk-U, Rakhine state, Antara News reported on 14 June.

Dr.Sarbini Abdul Murab, the Chairman of the Presidium of the MERC, was quoted as saying that the construction of the hospital in Rakhine, which has a large Muslim population, would serve as an example that people of different religions can coexist in harmony and peace, just as in Indonesia.

01 Sep 2015 description
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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.

Mass anti-malarial drug administration provided an effective strategy, according to a study recently published in Malaria Journal on 16 August the article said

19 Aug 2015 description
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In the wake of flooding that has devastated vast swathes of Myanmar, Asian direct selling company QNET has collaborated with its Independent Representatives (IRs) and its local partner to donate survivor kits worth USD20,000 a statement from the organisation said on 17 August.

The company brought the emergency supplies to one of the worst-affected area of Ingapu Village, Hinthada, in the Irrawaddy district.

11 Aug 2015 description
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A team from the Embassy of Israel in Myanmar, headed by the ambassador, H.E. Mr. Daniel Zonshine visited Tharyarwaddy District flood victims' camps last Friday a statement from the Embassy dated 10 August reported.

11 Aug 2015 description
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Ooredoo Myanmar has offered support to those affected in the country's 11 national disaster zones following severe seasonal flooding telecompaper.com reported on 10 August.

Additionally, Ooredoo Myanmar has launched a SMS crisis code, "Help Myanmar," which invites customers to donate credit to flood victims. "Help Myanmar" will provide immediate and long-term aid to flood-affected people and regions.

07 Aug 2015 description
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The Bangladeshi government has donated US$800,000 to the Myanmar government to assist in relief efforts in regards to recent flooding and landslides around the country.

A press release from 6 August stated that the government would support the relief effort by “supplying medicines, emergency kits, water purifiers, tents and blankets.”

Bangladesh is currently suffering its own crisis as the delta country succumbed to the force of Cyclone Komen on 31 July. The storm weakened as it made landfall but still managed to cause widespread damage.

06 Mar 2015 description
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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.

19 Dec 2014 description
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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.

The clinic will have the capacity to treat a total 10,000 HIv/AIDS patients and about 45 people with DR-TB who are co-infected with HIV/AIDS, says MSF, or about 150 patients a day.

15 Aug 2014 description
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Written by Pho Soe Thu

The health authorities in Rakhine State are taking steps aimed at containing an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis which has claimed two lives this month, bringing the death toll since the start of July to 10.

The medical superintendent at Sittway General Hospital, Dr Soe Tun Aung, told Mizzima on August 13 that the number of reported cases of the disease stood at up 41, up from 26 during July.

Dr Soe Tun Aung said seven people remained hospitalised with the disease, which is spread by infected mosquitoes.

13 Mar 2014 description
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A US-based human rights group has postponed a campaign it planned to launch in Yangon on March 12 in support of a resumption of operations in Rakhine State by the international medical aid organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres.

United to End Genocide said the postponement followed “encouraging developments” in MSF’s negotiations with the government on a new memorandum of understanding to operate in Myanmar.

22 Jan 2014 description
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Emergency supplies of medicine are needed for an outbreak of cholera in a camp housing civilians displaced by conflict in Kachin State’s Mansi Township, a health care worker has told Mizzima.

The medical in-charge of the Mine Khaung refugee camp, La Htaw Naw Lai, said on January 20 that more than 50 children had been diagnosed with cholera at the start of the month, but the number with the disease had since declined.

Medicine was also needed to treat an outbreak of colds in the camp, La Htaw Naw Lai said.

21 Oct 2013 description
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The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation will spend US$12 million to build or upgrade 50 schools and clinics in impoverished Mon and Karen States by 2015, it said.

Peter Bruner, the agency’s manager for the infrastructure project, said the number is more than double the number of structures the agency has already built. “We have completed construction of 24 [school and health] buildings in Mon and Karen State and we will build 50 more by 2015,” he said.

01 Oct 2013 description
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Written by Nan Myint

U Myo Myint, Technical Officer of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced that Japanese company Eisia will donate Filariasis vaccine for 6 consecutive years.

The vaccine has to be taken for 5 consecutive years and Eisia will donate it till 2020 throughout Myanmar. U Myo Myint added that the donation of 2.2 billion of DEC tablets (Filariasis vaccine) will start in 2014.

23 Sep 2013 description
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Myanmar and Thai health ministers have signed an MOU on September 19 to combat and check the spread of contagious diseases along the Thai-Myanmar border.

Win Naing, Director of Karen state Health Department under the Ministry of Health, told Mizzima that the MOU was signed in Mandalay.

29 Aug 2013 description
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27 Aug 2013 04:00 Written by Hintharni (Mon Myay)

The Nippon Foundation has announced that they will carry out development programs in DKBA controlled areas.

They have had discussions with representatives from DKBA, KNU/KNLA (PC), Backpackers Health Worker Team (BPHWT).

22 Apr 2013 description
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The United Nations says its Kachin Response Plan is being revised to cover humanitarian requirements and to reflect changes in the situation. The new plan is expected any day now and will extend to the end of 2013, according to a statement by UNOCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).

The previous plan, which expired in February 2013, called for US$35.8 million for over 85,000 people, of which so far $32 million has been pledged.

03 Apr 2013 description
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In the week after shocking satellite images were released that showed the extent of the devastation in Meiktila following the riots, in which an estimated 41 people were killed and 12,000 displaced, some of the victims who lost their homes have spoken of how immediate aid is being provided, but say that what they really need is the opportunity to go back home.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012 12:17 Mizzima News

A team of scientists coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced groundbreaking research into the spread of malaria in Burma.

Funded by the University of Maryland in the USA, the researchers published an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal on December 17 saying they have identified several promising genetic markers that could be used to develop tests to identify and track the spread of artemisinin-resistant malaria.