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 The UNFPA partnership seeks to help improve the Myanmar health system. Inside a Yangon Hospital. Photo: Mizzima

The Three Millennium Development Goal Fund will partner with the with United Nations Population Fund to support the Myanmar Health Ministry’s plans to strengthen the health system, according to a press release from the fund on March 5.

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Karen refugee patients with a baby wait for medical treatment in Mae Tao clinic at the Thai-Myanmar border city of Mae Sot, Tak province, Thailand, October 19, 2010. Photo: Barbara Walton/EPA

A new health report focused on eastern Myanmar shows improvements in health care but puts such indicators as child mortality on a par with war-torn Somalia.

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An elderly woman gives a massage to her daughter, who is a malaria patient at a hospital in the Ke Maunt area in Myanmar, December 20, 2006. Photo: LAW/EPA
An elderly woman gives a massage to her daughter, who is a malaria patient at a hospital in the Ke Maunt area in Myanmar, December 20, 2006. Photo: LAW/EPA

Parasites resistant to the frontline malaria drug have spread westward through Southeast Asia and are nearing Myanmar’s border with India, threatening to repeat history and render crucial medicines useless, researchers warn.

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A woman waits to access healthcare for her child at temporary clinic in Sat Yoe Kya Internally Displaced Persons camp near Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar, May 19, 2014. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA
A woman waits to access healthcare for her child at temporary clinic in Sat Yoe Kya Internally Displaced Persons camp near Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar, May 19, 2014. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA

Myanmar has signed a new agreement with the World Bank to bring improved maternal, newborn and child healthcare to millions of mothers and young children in the country.

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Médecins Sans Frontières is warning of a worldwide drug-resistant tuberculosis crisis that includes serious concerns for Myanmar.

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Plans are underway to set up a health insurance scheme for Myanmar citizens that will launch early next year, Deputy Finance Minister Dr Maung Maung Thein told Mizzima in a telephone interview October 7.

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