Public health

Development assistance for health sector

Drugs in Cambodia

Growing up in a rough neighbourhood rife with gambling and prostitution, peer pressure drove 31-year-old Oun* into using drugs while he was a teenager.  Addiction soon followed, leading to him quit school during his third year of junior high. Later, as his strained relations with his ...

Thim Rachna

Progress made on medical cannabis, but challenges are ahead, Cannabis Walk Thailand was told

Although Thailand is still lagging behind other countries in developing cannabis-based medication, Thai medical researchers hope frozen knowledge could be renewed and extended to serve patients’ needs, especially in the field of traditional medicine. The latest progress on medical cannabis was shared with participants in a ...

Piyaporn Wongruang

China-initiated eye protection program launched in Laos

A program to promote scientific eye protection knowledge and to provide free treatment in Lao schools, namely “Lancang-Mekong Bright Journey to Laos”, has been launched in Lao capital Vientiane on Thursday. The program is the second edition of the “Mekong Bright Journey” initiated by China, ...

Global Fund implements Malaria Elimination programs in Myanmar

The Global Fund is now driving malaria-elimination programmes to add momentum to eradicating the disease in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, including Myanmar, by the end of 2030.Keep reading ...

Ei Thin Zar Kyaw

Comparison of the health determinants of the people in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)

The health of the population and the health service system are influenced by many factors, known as health determinants. []However, there is a dearth of literature on the influence of health determinants regarding the health service system and the health status of the people in the ...

Dr. Kanjanee Phanphairoj & Dr. Ritzmond Loa

Proposed cuts in foreign aid could cause malaria resurgence

If U.S. President Donald Trump cuts 44% of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) funding, a significant proportion of the global budget for malaria control, there would be a worldwide resurgence of malaria, British researchers say. [] To date, PMI has allocated over $5 billion to 19 countries ...

Cheryl Platzman Weinstock

Midwife crisis: Laos slashes maternal mortality but Trump defunding threatens the progress made

Medical training has reduced maternal and infant mortality rates in rural Laos. US president’s decision to cease funding UN body behind the program, over accusation it backs forced sterilizations in China, could undo all the good work. Keep reading  ...

Per Liljas

US provides over 24 billion kip for unexploded ordnance clearance

The US government has agreed to provide a grant worth 24 billion kip (US$3,026,000) to the project for supporting rural development through Unexploded Ordnance clearance in Xieng Khuang province. The grant will contribute to non-technical and technical survey and clearance of the Unexploded Ordnance clearance (UXO) ...

Elderly get timely food, medicines

Poor elderly folk living in Mandalay City are being cared for with medicines and food during this season when temperatures can soar, said U Soe, secretary of the Ma Naw Kyar Phyu Blood Donor and Charity Association. “We help provide essentials to the poor and ...

NA session ends, calling for govt to pursue targets

The National Assembly’s Eighth Legislature ended its third ordinary session on May 18, calling for the government to work harder in the pursuit of development targets. In her closing remarks, NA President Ms Pany Yathotou said the 17-day session agreed on multiple points that the ...

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