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Getting serious about food safety in Myanmar

Every year, unsafe food and water kill more people worldwide than HIV, AIDS, malaria and measles combined, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Of the approximately 600 million people who fall ill after eating contaminated food, 420,000 die. Food safety—the practices occurring along the entire food chain to ensure food does not […]

Research data in joint Myanmar government-USAID project helps health planning

New analyses from the Myanmar Demographic and Health Survey have been released to help with the scaling up of health services in Myanmar. Professor Dr. Zaw Than Htun, Director General of Medical Research, Ministry of Health and Sports and Teresa McGhie, Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) opened a day-long session during which […]

Lawmakers Urge Govt to Tackle High Cancer Rates

NAYPYITAW—The Lower House of Parliament on Thursday approved a proposal urging the Union government to take steps to reduce the prevalence of cancer in the country. Describing consumption of unhealthy foods as one of the leading causes of cancer in Myanmar, Lower House lawmaker U Kyaw Lwin Aung urged the government to take action in […]

Guiding Drug Law Reform in Myanmar

A draft bill amending Myanmar 1993 Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law was published in newspapers in March 2017 for public consultation. It was subsequently discussed in the upper house of Parliament (Amyothar Hluttaw) on 16 August 2017. The draft bill introduces important changes to Myanmar drug law. Most significantly, it intends to place public […]