Myanmar is starving the Rohingya out of the country

The Myanmar military and government have created widespread starvation that is forcing Rohingya Muslims out of the country. Restrictions on aid and movement, in addition to the threat of physical violence, are pushing a new wave of tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees to seek a more bearable existence in squalid refugee camps across the border in ...

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Myanmar needs safety nets for an older population set to triple by 2050

Myanmar needs safety nets for an older population set to triple by 2050

A new census report projects that the number of people over the age of 60 in Myanmar will nearly triple by 2050. By that time, the number of people over 60 will have grown from...

INGOs demand end to restrictions on movement in Rakhine

INGOs demand end to restrictions on movement in Rakhine

Eighteen international humanitarian organizations released a statement yesterday demanding an end to the severe restrictions that have prevented them from delivering assistance to...

Rohingya death toll mounts as Bangladesh hospitals struggle

Rohingya death toll mounts as Bangladesh hospitals struggle

by Sam JAHAN With no money even to bury his eight-year-old daughter, Ali Hossain broke down as he recounted her final moments, the latest Rohingya refugee to die in Bangladesh as...

Suu Kyi warns ‘Avoid betel chewing so you don’t regret your life choices’

Suu Kyi warns ‘Avoid betel chewing so you don’t regret your life choices’

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has lent her voice to a national media campaign to combat tobacco consumption, including the enduring habit of chewing betel quid,...

Dengue fever: Myanmar infections quadruple since 2016

Dengue fever: Myanmar infections quadruple since 2016

The number of dengue fever infections reported in Myanmar this year is four times last year’s number, according to the Public Health Department. There have been 21,288...

Fake News: Myanmar ‘doctor’ sparks anti-vaxxer fears on Facebook

Fake News: Myanmar ‘doctor’ sparks anti-vaxxer fears on Facebook

Medical experts held a press conference in Yangon’s North Dagon Township on Monday to tell some worried parents what most people already know: that vaccines are good. They...

Pyar Pon Hospital superintendent transferred to Yangon for H1N1 treatment

Pyar Pon Hospital superintendent transferred to Yangon for H1N1 treatment

The superintendent of Pyar Pon Hospital, located in the Ayeyarwady Region, has been admitted to Yangon’s Waybargi Hospital after testing positive for H1N1. “She started...

Thai border hospital runs out of flu vaccine after Myanmar scare

Thai border hospital runs out of flu vaccine after Myanmar scare

An influx of Myanmar citizens seeking flu shots from the Nakornmaesot International Hospital in Mae Sot, Thailand, has exhausted the hospital’s supply of H1N1 vaccinations....

Two H1N1 patients released from hospital after making full recovery

Two H1N1 patients released from hospital after making full recovery

Two H1N1 patients in Yangon have been discharged after doctors deemed them healthy enough to no longer require hospitalization. According to Mizzima, the two patients were a...


 

Coconuts Yangon Health

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.