Northern Yangon fire levels market, injures five

A giant fire — one of three over the weekend — ripped through a village market in Northern Yangon on Saturday, leveling most of the structures and injuring five people, according to the Myanmar Fire Services. Among the injured were three firefighters and two local residents. Pictures and video of the Nyaung village blaze’s aftermath ...

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Once unspoken, ‘vagina’ gets stage debut in Myanmar

Once unspoken, ‘vagina’ gets stage debut in Myanmar

“Papu, pi pi, sapat” — the slang for female genitalia elicits giggles during a rehearsal for Myanmar’s first-ever Burmese-language “Vagina...

Two girls visiting waterfall in Kayin State die after falling 60m

Two girls visiting waterfall in Kayin State die after falling 60m

Two young girls, both 19, died after falling from the top of a waterfall in Myanmar’s south-eastern Kayin state, according to state media. On Monday, the Global New Light of...

Early morning fire in Sanchaung township burns down entire building; 3 confirmed dead, 1 missing

Early morning fire in Sanchaung township burns down entire building; 3 confirmed dead, 1 missing

A fire burned down a wooden building in Yangon’s central Sanchaung township early this morning, which, according to reports from the Sanchaung Fire Department, resulted in three...

Temporary road closures in Yangon for marathon on Sunday

Temporary road closures in Yangon for marathon on Sunday

Yangon’s typically god-awful traffic might (likely will?) get a whole lot worse on Sunday thanks to temporary road closures taking place from 3am-11:30am for the seventh annual...

Suu Kyi suggests newly constructed road might help malnutrition in Kachin State.

Suu Kyi suggests newly constructed road might help malnutrition in Kachin State.

Speeches for road openings are usually pretty boring. Sometimes that’s a good thing. That was demonstrated to good effect on Wednesday when State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi went...

Firefighters battle midnight blaze at Yangon Psychiatric Hospital

Firefighters battle midnight blaze at Yangon Psychiatric Hospital

A fire broke out at the Ywar Thar Gyi Yangon Psychiatric Health Hospital in East Dagon Township at midnight last night, with 50 fire trucks arriving at the scene after the danger...

Clinic for political prisoners seeks donations

Clinic for political prisoners seeks donations

The Hanthawaddy U Win Tin Foundation is seeking donations of funds and medicine to operate a free clinic for political prisoners and their families, executive committee member Tun...

Sales of imported spirits banned in Yangon

Sales of imported spirits banned in Yangon

Liquor stores in Yangon Region are forbidden from selling imported spirits, several government departments announced last weekend. On Sept. 29 and 30, the regional General...

Body-shaming yogurt ad sparks online backlash

Body-shaming yogurt ad sparks online backlash

Myanmar netizens are accusing the Thailand-based dairy company Dutch Mill of “body-shaming” for running an ad in Myanmar that promotes its products’ alleged weight-loss...


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Myanmar has one of the least developed healthcare systems in the region, a product of decades of military rule. Many residents go to Singapore or Thailand to treat more serious illnesses. Yangon General Hospital provides free healthcare to Myanmar nationals, and some private hospitals such as Pun Hlaing have emerged for those who can afford to pay for the treatment. Health stories on Coconuts Yangon cover everything from updates on the latest tropical disease epidemic to mental health to the nasty stuff found in our food.