The Ministry of Health marked World HIV/AIDS day last week noting the success of fewer deaths and a stabilising infection rate, yet treatment remains an enormous stumbling block. With a dire lack of equipment, specialists and funding, HIV/AIDS treatment is barely reaching half of those who need it in Myanmar, patients and doctors say.
The National League for Democracy marked the 95th anniversary of National Day yesterday with a pledge to honour the legacy of striking university students who launched the unrest that eventually lead to liberation from colonial rule.
At Shwedagon Pagoda, it is a common enough sight – citizens taking up brooms or wash-cloths to keep the compound swept clean and the toilets sparkling. Devout Buddhists do this to acquire merit.
Some 700 civilians displaced by fighting in central Shan State are said to have returned to their homes from Lechar/Laihka township following a lull in the conflict, but many other villagers are afraid to go back because of the danger of landmines.
More than 101,000 people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy as of September, an increase of more than three-fold since 2010, says Dr Than Aung, Union minister for health.