The citizens of a nation are its wealth. They are the ones that ensure the continuance of the traditions. They are the ones that keep the nation alive. This is why it is exceptionally difficult if the citizens are often subjected to health issues.
Burma or Myanmar—as it is known today—has a plethora of health issues that is often associated to it. To provide our audiences with a better understanding on what this nation needs help with we wanted to shine a bit of a light on the common health issues the citizens of Burma tackle:
Malaria is highly risky illness that is gotten from one of the most effective killers in our history: mosquitoes. Malaria is a disease of the blood that is caused by a parasite. Malaria is commonly associated with tropical and subtropical areas of the world.
Myanmar is a tropical country with lush jungles. This is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Malaria is actually treatable when it is caught early. The problem is that since Myanmar is often in the midst of rough political waters, they get very little aid for this illness.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS is a disease wherein the body’s immunity is severely compromised. This opens the gateway for other diseases to enter the body and do more damage than it is normally known to do so.
As Myanmar’s economic status is not very good and is highly militaristic, a majority of their funds go toward the military and very little for public health. As such, millions of AIDS cases are reported more every year.
About 30% of children under the age of 5 are malnourished. As there are commonly skirmishes in borders and even in towns, there is always a preexisting shortage of food, water, and medicine.
Tuberculosis is highly contagious. It is a bacterial infection that is normally characterized by the growth of nodes in the lungs of those infected with it. If untreated, it can be fatal. In the history of the world, it is one of the leading causes of death. In the western world, it was referred to as consumption.
In a world where tuberculosis is rare, Myanmar has one of the highest rates of the illness worldwide. Every year there are about 98,000 more cases reported. The number is only going up.
Myanmar has a long way to go in terms of caring for their citizens. It is a smorgasbord of issues that definitely need to be addressed. What other health issues do you know is rife in Burma?