NASA pioneers malaria-predicting technology in Myanmar

NASA is developing a new technique to forecast malaria outbreaks in Myanmar from space, as the emergence of new drug-resistant strains in Southeast Asia threatens efforts to wipe out the deadly disease globally. The goal of worldwide malaria eradication within a generation, by 2050, is “bold but attainable,” a report released this week in The Lancet argued. ...

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Dung and Dragons: Myanmar kids dodge cows to play rugby

Dung and Dragons: Myanmar kids dodge cows to play rugby

Sidestepping cowpats and garbage, Myanmar’s only home-grown junior rugby side train on the outskirts of Yangon, preparing to take on children from the city’s...

Flooding in Kachin state displaces more than 1,000

Flooding in Kachin state displaces more than 1,000

Twenty-seven schools were closed and more than a thousand people displaced by flooding after the Irrawaddy river overran its banks in Myanmar’s northernmost Kachin state...

H1N1 virus claims 41 already, more deaths than entirety of 2017 outbreak

H1N1 virus claims 41 already, more deaths than entirety of 2017 outbreak

At least 41 people nationwide have died from the H1N1 virus in the past month, more than died in the entirety of 2017, when a major outbreak claimed 38 lives, the Ministry of...

Deadly monsoon destroys 5,000 shelters in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

Deadly monsoon destroys 5,000 shelters in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

At least 10 people have died and thousands of shanty homes have been destroyed by monsoon rains in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh’s southeast, officials...

Tree-pocalypse Now: Yangon fire dept deals with week of heavy rain (PICS)

Tree-pocalypse Now: Yangon fire dept deals with week of heavy rain (PICS)

If the storms that have battered Yangon in the past week have felt particularly violent, you’ve got terrific instincts. In a series of Facebook posts over the past two days, the...

H1N1 death toll rises to 26: health ministry

H1N1 death toll rises to 26: health ministry

At least 26 people have died from the H1N1 virus in the past two weeks, including four children, a pace that threatens to top the deadly record set just two years ago, the...

Yangon school in firestorm after employee suicide linked to anti-LGBT bullying

Yangon school in firestorm after employee suicide linked to anti-LGBT bullying

A Yangon university is at the center of a growing online backlash in the wake of a suicide by an employee who described a workplace filled with bullying over his sexual...

Operation Hornet: City goes after nests following stinging death

Operation Hornet: City goes after nests following stinging death

Yangon authorities are scrambling to clear the city of hornets in the wake of a 60-year-old woman dying from multiple stings last week. Daw Aye Aye Than from North Dagon township...

5 dead in Yangon from H1N1 flu: ministry

5 dead in Yangon from H1N1 flu: ministry

Five people have died from the H1N1 virus in the past month, with four of those in Yangon, the Ministry of Health and Sports revealed at a press conference this morning. While the...


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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.