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Government, Military Accused by Rights Group of Using COVID-19 Pandemic for Political Advantage – Burma Army Continues its Attacks on Ethnic People

Khin Ohmar, Chairperson of Progressive Voice the group behind the report said the army and government used the pandemic to distract attention away from ongoing offensives in ethnic regions. “The Myanmar military is making a mockery of the government’s ‘no one left behind’ policy. It is using COVID-19 as a cover in its ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity…

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Burma Closes Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge to Foreigners – Residents Worry Unofficial Crossings Still Operating

The Burma government has closed its Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge crossing to foreigners in an attempt to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). The Burma government has said the border is closed to all foreigners with the exemption of Thai and Myanmar citizens. U Than Shwe, an immigration officer and the deputy in-charge of the Myawaddy-Mae Sot No.1 Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge…

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RIP – PADOH SAW EH KALU SHWE OO – (1955-2020)

Respected Health Worker Loses Battle with Cancer Padoh Saw Eh Kalu Shwe Oo, a department head of the Karen National Union, passed away on February 8 at 12:49 PM at his home on the Thai-Burma border. Padoh Saw Eh Kalu Shwe Oo, aged 65, died after suffering from liver cancer, according to his eldest son, Saw K’ser Mu Khah, who…

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Thankful for Good Fortune, Saw Than Htet, Reaches Out to Others in Need

On a recent mission to Mon State, Burma Children Medical Fund staff were surprised to see an old patient, Saw Than Htet turn up with villagers to have their eyes tested. Now grown up, married with wife and family, Saw Than Htet, now 33, reflected back to when BCMF organized lifesaving heart surgery for him in 2014. Saw Than Htet,…

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Villagers Panic as Water Sources Turns Black – Chief Minister Vows to Sue if Cement Factory Responsible

Villagers in Nat Gon and nearby villages of Hpa-an Township, Karen State panicked after noticing their water sources had turned black. They are now too scared to drink the water. In early October, villages in Bar Kat village tract, about one mile in the west of Hpa-an town, found their water water-wells, ponds and streams had turned dark making them…

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VALE – DR FRANK GREEN – 1950 – 2018 A Life Operating So Others Could See

The death this week of Dr. Frank Green has left a massive void on the Thai Burma border, but Dr. Frank’s work in providing eye care to people from Burma lives on. Dr. Frank and his ophthalmologist colleague, Dr. Phillip Ambler, first came to the border region in 1990 to offer free eye care to refugees and displaced people from…

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Dr. Cynthia Maung Awarded 2018 Roux Prize

Dr Cynthia Maung has been awarded the 2018 Toux Prize for her work delivering health care to displaced, refugee and migrant communities. Dr Cynthia received the honor at an award ceremony in Washington DC U.S. Dr Cynthia founded the Mae Tao Clinic on the Thai Burma border in 1989 after fleeing the Burma military crackdown in 1988. From its humble…

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Suspected Measles Outbreak Reported in Northern Karen State – 105 People Contracted

Border-based Back Pack Health Worker Team (BPHWT) said suspected measles outbreak has been reported in Htee Thablu Hta Village Tract in Dweh lo Township of Mu Traw (Hpapun) District in northern Karen State. More than 100 people contracted suspected measles in 8 out of 12 villages under Htee Thablu Hta Village Tract – Bway Htaw Ru, Ka Pi Khee, Wa…

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Health Workers are Still Needed in KNU Areas, KDHW says

The Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW), which is the health department of the Karen National Union (KNU), said health workers are still needed to provide healthcare service in KNU-controlled areas. Saw Eh Pwoh, in-charge of the KDHW Central Training, said the a medic training course is being given at Taw Naw Training Hospital in Kawkareik Township, Doopalaya District…

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Karen State Records 436 Dengue During Wet Season – Authorities Warn Community To Stop Dengue by Keeping House and Gardens Clean

The wet season in Burma is when dengue fever strikes communities. The Karen State public health department has diagnosed 436 people dengue fever as of July 14, 2018. Among the recorded 436 cases, 306 were from Hpa-an, 35 from Kawkareik, 39 from Hlaingbwe, 20 from Myawady, 8 from Kyainseikkyi, 22 from Hpapun and 6 from Thandaung Townships. Doctor Tun Min…

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