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 Kyi told Eleven. Named after the late Win Tin, a journalist and founding member of the National League for Democracy, the foundation was established in 2011 to ...

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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...

36 percent of detained Yangon street children reunited with parents

36 percent of detained Yangon street children reunited with parents

In the first seven months of 2018, Yangon Region authorities detained 427 street children, according to regional minister for social affairs Naing Ngan Lin. Only around 36...

Explosives to be restricted at Taunggyi fire balloon festival

Explosives to be restricted at Taunggyi fire balloon festival

This year’s fire balloon festival in Taunggyi, Shan State, is expected to be bigger than in previous years, prompting organizers to enact several new safety measures, including...

Myanmar govt investigating surgical tool left in patient’s body for 26 years

Myanmar govt investigating surgical tool left in patient’s body for 26 years

Myanmar’s health department has launched an investigation after a man from Ayeyawady Region complained of having a six-inch surgical instrument left in his abdomen following a...

Smoking to be banned in parts of Yangon

Smoking to be banned in parts of Yangon

Smoking will be banned in parts of 33 Yangon Region townships over the next five years, state media reported this week. The move aims to reduce tobacco consumption within the...

Surgical tool removed from Myanmar man’s body after 26 years

Surgical tool removed from Myanmar man’s body after 26 years

A six-inch-long surgical instrument was removed from the abdomen of an Ayeyawady Region man last month, and the now his family are calling on the Myanmar government to investigate...

Missing Myanmar violinist found in Bangkok hospital after temple disruption

Missing Myanmar violinist found in Bangkok hospital after temple disruption

A Myanmar violinist who had been missing for more than 10 days was finally found in a Bangkok hospital on Monday, where is has been treated for a broken arm. Nyein Chan Oo, 39,...

Short on boats, Myanmar flood rescuers seek public support

Short on boats, Myanmar flood rescuers seek public support

At least five people have been killed and 54,000 displaced by floods that hit central, eastern, and southern Myanmar last week. Government departments and other organizations have...


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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.