An electric bus leapfrog for a cleaner, healthier Yangon?

More cars, buses and trucks on the roads are driving air pollution higher in Yangon. In 2018, a team of Japanese and Myanmar researchers found the city had unhealthy levels of what scientists call PM2.5 – soot 100 times thinner than a human hair. According to their article, published in Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine, […]

Bangkok hospital tries to lure more foreign heart patients

Bangkok-based Phayathai 2 Hospital hopes to increase foreign patients, including those from Myanmar, to come to its renovated new heart centre, according to a hospital executive. The hospital invested more than US$3.12 million (K4.24 billion) in the heart centre to optimise the quality of care by obtaining cutting-edge medical technology to be the foremost cardiac […]

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 […]

Singapore’s Parkway Cancer Centre opens breast clinic in Yangon

SINGAPORE’S Parkway Cancer Centre in partnership with breast surgeons from Singapore and Centre for Better Living (CBL) Medical Centre in Yangon, have opened Myanmar’s first specialist breast clinic on September 30, filling a big void in the country’s battle against the deadly disease. The Yangon-based CBL Breast Clinic offers breast cancer screening, early and accurate […]

Tender Notice for the Supply of Pharmaceutical Drugs, Consumables and Adverse Events Following Immunization Kits. Closing Date 27 July 2017

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list Tender Notice for the Supply of Pharmaceutical Drugs, Consumables and Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) Kits. Tenders are invited for provision of Pharmaceutical Drugs and Consumables for World Health Organization’s Emergency Relief Response in Myanmar, Interested parties/companies meeting the eligibility requirements below can contact, Tel: 95 1 534300, […]

Govt takes aim at betel chewing

It looks like Myanmar may be going cold turkey on its betel nut habit. Chewing betel remains popular across the country, with the stimulant regarded by some as a national pastime. Habitually gnawing at the combination of tobacco and areca nut – both known carcinogens – has destructive health effects. About one-fifth of all cancers in […]

China’s Higer dominates highway express bus routes

As competition among highway express companies increases, the focus is increasingly on quality and safety. The industry has been transformed over the past few years by the importation of more comfortable buses and a huge change in the expectations of the travelling public, bus line owners say. Six years ago the Greater Man Group started […]

Local, foreign firms to upgrade Yangon pharmaceutical factory

YANGON – To boost medicine production, Myanmar’s Ministry of Industry plans to upgrade Pharmaceutical Factory No 1 in Yangon in cooperation with local and overseas companies. At present, entrepreneurs in Myanmar and abroad can bid for contracts to build the facility and install equipment. Interested companies must send an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the […]

Yangon Rental Costs in the Spotlight After Unicef Outcry

YANGON — Following an outcry over the revelation that the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) is paying a steep rental fee to a former military official, other international organizations operating in Myanmar are facing calls to be transparent about their rental arrangements in Yangon. Last week, Unicef admitted that it pays US$87,000 per month for […]

In Myanmar, a Fight for Affordable HIV Medicine

People living with HIV in Burma are worried that a patent law under development could significantly hinder their ability to access affordable medicine, in a country where about 40 percent of those requiring HIV treatment are already unable to get it. Facing pressure from Western nations looking to invest in the country as it transitions […]