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Thursday, September 18, 2014

S'pore doc sets up Myanmar liver transplant centre, Others news, Health News, AsiaOne YourHealth

Friday, Sep 19, 2014
The Straits Times
By Salma Khalik

SINGAPORE - Rising costs - along with more living donor liver transplants being rejected on ethical grounds here - have persuaded one of Singapore's top liver transplant surgeons to set up a centre in Myanmar.

Dr K. C. Tan's firm, Asian American Medical Group, is pumping in $160,000 to set up an $800,000 liver centre in a hospital there. A liver surgeon from Myanmar will put up 30 per cent, while the owners of the Pinlon Hospital will pay half of the total.

Dr Tan expects his team to fly there for a few days every month to run clinics and do surgery when it opens towards the end of this year.

Given Myanmar's high rates of Hepatitis B and C, he said, many there suffer from liver problems and need transplants.
They will start with basic liver surgery. Once the medical staff there are more familiar with the follow-up care liver patients need, Dr Tan and his team will start live-donor transplants.

The centre will also give foreigners, who may find it too expensive to get their transplant done in Singapore, another option, he added.

This also applies to those who are turned down by the Transplant Ethics Committee, which has to ascertain that there is no coercion or commercial transaction involved.

"Liver diseases like Hepatitis often run in families, so it is sometimes difficult to find an immediate family member who is a suitable donor," he said.

Dr Tan said the rejection rate for non blood-related liver donations has been going up over the past three years.

In 2010, two out of six such applications were turned down. While the next year saw all 10 applications allowed, in 2012 two out of three were denied. Last year, three of the five applications were rejected.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Suu Kyi-led commission conditionally OKs China-Myanmar copper mine project

Suu Kyi-led commission conditionally OKs China-Myanmar copper mine project

YANGON, March 12, Kyodo

An investigative commission led by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
has given a green light to a controversial China-backed copper mine
project in central Myanmar, on condition that the contract terms are
amended to address land grab compensation and environmental
conservation, according to its recommendations published in state-run
newspapers Tuesday.

The probe by the 16-member commission, which was set up last November
by presidential order, found flaws in the $1 billion Lapadaung-taung
copper mine project, located near the town of Monywar in Sagaing
Region, but determined that they are fixable flaws.

The project, which has faced strong opposition locally due to land
grabs and environmental concerns, is jointly operated by Myanmar
Economic Holdings Ltd., the business wing of Myanmar's army, and
Wanbao Mining Ltd., a subsidiary of Chinese arms manufacturer China
North Industries Group Corp. (Norinco).

The project came under the international spotlight when police cracked
down on protest camps at the site last November, injuring dozens of
Buddhist monks and villagers.

Police had said they used water cannons and teargas canisters in the
crackdown to disperse the crowd, before throwing smoke bombs in
leaving 108 people injured mostly with severe burns.

The commission report confirms police used smoke bombs containing
phosphorus in the crackdown, which was the cause for the burns.

The protesters were calling for a complete halt of the mine, which
started extracting copper last year, citing inadequate compensation
given to villagers and potential adverse impacts on the environment.

The mine site covers over 7,800 acres of land, mostly farmland,
including 26 villages.

The commission, which includes parliamentarians, civil servants and
local area representatives, suggested the mine's operations continue,
after implementing its recommendations, based on a holistic approach
that considers economic, social, environmental issues as well as
Myanmar's international relations.

Suu Kyi, who is currently in capital Naypyitaw attending parliament
sessions, is expected to go to the project area Wednesday, probably to
talk to the villagers as the commission's report could disappoint the
locals there.


Sunday, March 03, 2013

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Irrawaddy Literary Festival opens in Yangon, #Myanmar

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Ex-Thai PM Thaksin calls for Japanese investment in Myanmar project