Myanmar may only be the twelfth largest country in Asia, but it is home to the second most malaria deaths – mostly in regions hard to reach due to conflict, geography and lack of infrastructure. The issue is compounded by both the influx of fake malarial medication and a rise in drug-resistant malaria strains in the region, according to the World Health Organization. [Read more...]
This article originally appeared on the Eurasia Review website on March 7, 2013.
By Steve Hirsch
Donors of foreign aid to Burma are now making many of the same mistakes in that country as they have elsewhere in the past, according to a study on overseas assistance to the country as it reforms after decades of military rule. [Read more...]
This piece originally appeared in The Asia Foundation’s blog In Asia on Wednesday April 18, 2012.
By Thomas Parks
Burma (also known as Myanmar) may be on the verge of a dramatic expansion of international assistance. After last month’s parliamentary by-elections, there is likely to be more support for easing sanctions and increasing foreign assistance to the country to support the changes underway. Several major donor governments have announced easing of sanctions and increased aid to Myanmar, including Canada, the European Union, and Denmark. Dozens of donors and international NGOs are poised to establish new programs in the country in the coming months.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced yesterday that it has eased economic sanctions against Myanmar to allow development and aid work in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation.
This announcement comes in the wake of unexpected reforms in the country, including an election in April in which the opposition party, led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung Sang Suu Kyi, swept the available parliamentary seats. The easing of restrictions on charity work in Myanmar are the first in a planned series of rewards for the government of Myanmar.
From the Chronicle of Philanthropy:
“Treasury rolled back restrictions on financial transactions undertaken by private groups in Myanmar in support of democracy-building, health, education, sports, and religious activities. The United States is also planning ease investment restrictions and send an ambassador to Myanmar for the first time in two decades.”
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