Managing heat-related illnesses during heat waves

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Children play in the sand in a village of Magway region, dry zone, Myanmar.

With temperatures rising well above 40°C in many parts of Myanmar, chances of developing heat-related illnesses are on the rise, too. In the last 130 years, the world has warmed by approximately 0.85°C. As a result, extreme weather events are becoming more intense and frequent.
Prolonged and sustained heat waves can also be attributed to climate change, and are occurring more and more frequently in many parts of the world.

Union Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets resident representatives of UN agencies and International organizations

Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with Heads of the United Nations agencies and International organizations (11 May 2016)

The UNION Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with Heads of the United Nations agencies and other international organizations (World Bank, ADB and ICRC) yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw. The Union Minister for Planning and Finance, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and officials concerned also attended the meeting.

World Health Day 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

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Prof Thet Khaing Win, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health along with other guests are seen here viewing the "Make Healthy Choices Every Day, Keep Diabetes at Bay" mini exhibition in the Ministry of Health meeting room at Nay Pyi Taw after the commemoration ceremony.

The Ministry of Health organized the official commemoration of World Health Day 2016 in the main conference hall of the Ministry of Health, in Nay Pyi Taw on 7th April 2016. The commemorative ceremony was inaugurated by Prof. Thet Khaing Win, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health. The ceremony was attended by Directors-General, Deputy Directors-General and officials from the Ministry of Health, and other ministries, Members of Parliament, representatives of various international organizations, United Nations Agencies, non-Governmental Organizations, local press and other invited guests.

Increasing anti-venom production to prevent snakebite fatalities across Myanmar

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A phase of the production of anti-venom at the Production Centre (Myanmar Pharmaceutical Factory) of the Ministry of Industry.

Snake bites are well-known medical emergencies in many parts of the world, especially in rural areas. The incidence of snake bite mortality is particularly high in South-East Asia, home to many different venomous snakes, and farmers, rural workers and children are often the most at risk. In 2009, snake bites were included in WHO’s list of neglected tropical diseases, recognising how snake bites represent a common occupational hazard and result in thousands of deaths and chronic physical handicap cases every year.

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