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Here are two short articles on health from Eleven Media. Eleven is going to have to do a better job of indepth reporting on health issues.



60% annual deaths due to non-infectious diseases
Ei Thinzar Kyaw
Eleven on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:49

Non-infectious diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer, account for 60 per cent of annual deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

The ministry drafted a five-year national strategy starting from 2017 with aid from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the HelpAge International to treat non-infectious diseases.

The strategy will be integrated in the national health plan to meet the WHO’s goals to reduce instances of non-infectious diseases by 2025.

The Public Health Department said the instances of cardiac diseases, diabetes, hypertension and cancers became more common over the last decade due to changing lifestyle and diet.

The WHO said over 382 million people around the world had diabetes and one died every six seconds from the disease.

The country conducted a survey about non-infectious diseases in 2014 and found that over 70,000 people died annually from cancer and tuberculosis due to chewing tobacco leaves and smoking.

Translated by Nay Thiha



Myanmar plans to end HIV epidemic by 2030
Submitted by Eleven on Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:34
Ei Thinzar Kyaw

Myanmar has drawn the National Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS (2016-2020) announcing its commitment to ending the epidemic form of HIV, which is threatening public health, by 2030, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

The latest plan was based on successes achieved from the national strategic plan (2) and other factors such as geographical and regional populations.

The plan is also designed to protect and promote human rights and gender equalities for different age groups suffering from HIV including infected people, drug injection addicts, same sex, sex workers and their partners.

According to the ministry's figures, HIV/AIDS is included in the country's national health project as one of the major diseases to fight. Last year, US$15 million was spent on HIV treatment and purchase of ART (Antiretroviral drugs) and other medical equipment. US$1 million was also spent on storing methadone.

The ministry has drawn and is implementing three national strategic plans for 2016-2020 designed to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. Global Fund has offered to provide $497 million in aid for these projects.

This year, the ministry is trying to cover the project for prevention of mother-to-child HIV infection all across the country. The project started in Tachilek and Kawthoung in the Myanmar-Thai border region in 2000.

The government has increased HIV/AIDS funds yearly since 2011-2012.

Translated by Soe Tint


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