|Erosion has stripped the topsoil from cleared hillsides near Pam Lem village, making poppy growing more difficult.|
Growing poppy was a moral dilemma, said Khun Aung Htun, 29, a resident of Bant Sawk village, about 13 miles (21 km) from Hopone.
An alternative crop brings hope to southern Shan State poppy growers
|Long Htway village resident Sai Sang Sai, 31, displays poppy seeds. Of the 39 familes in the village, 15 have begun growing coffee. Photos: Portia Larlee|
“We couldn't stay in the village; I had three young children and one was still breastfeeding,” said Nang Ba Na, 66, recalling the grim time when the fighting came. “We didn't have torch lights then, only pine oil lamps; we slept under trees.”
‘The message I want to convey to the public is that early diagnosis is vital’
Myanmar is stepping up efforts to counter the growing public health threat posed by diabetes with the first national study of the disease due to be conducted this month and a publicity campaign helping to raise awareness about the insidious but common non-communicable condition.
Assessing the challenges to building a greener future
Myanmar's vast central dry zone and the challenges to improving its agricultural productivity and bringing more security to the lives of its villagers were the focus of a workshop held recently in Yangon by the Mercy Corps, an international non-government organisation based in the United States.
Indian NGO supports Myanmar drug users
Every day dozens of Myanmar drug users cross the porous border with India at Tamu to buy and inject heroin in Moreh, where a community-based organisation is doing what it can to ensure the harm caused by their addiction is kept to a minimum.
Myanmar takes regional lead in harm reduction strategies
A progressive response to drug addiction has given Myanmar the distinction of leading the region in harm reduction strategies, a pragmatic approach to dealing with one of the world's most debilitating health problems.
Cost, time savings spark a surge in steel-framed buildings
|Long-preferred for factories and warehouses because it allows for wider spans and column-free spaces, steel is increasingly being used for the frames of commercial buildings, such as this one under construction on Yangon’s Kaba Aye Pagoda Road. Photos: Hein Htet|
Evidence is everywhere that steel is on the way up as a building material in Myanmar amid a boom in the construction sector driven by a combination of economic growth and foreign investment.
The long-awaited roll out to better, faster connections
|Communications remain slow and problematic in Myanmar, but change is on the way. Photo: Hong Sar|
Myanmar’s telecommunications sector is poised for sharp growth with the entry into the market of two foreign operators and the government’s Myanma Post and Telecommunications planning a US$2 billion upgrade with a Japanese partner.
Unregistered workers relying on compassion for compensation payouts
Economic growth is creating jobs that are giving many families better living standards but accidents at factories, building sites and other work places are focusing attention on accident compensation and whether coverage provided under a 91-year-old law is adequate.