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Global health organisation Population Services International plays a leading role in preventing and treating malaria in Myanmar – treating about 250,000 people every year with the parasitic disease. PSI’s senior malaria adviser (Asia-Pacific) Chris White told Mizzima Business Weekly about  the critical effort to prevent drug resistant malaria spreading from Myanmar to the Indian Subcontinent, from where it could spread to sub- Saharan Africa.

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Ms Vicky Bowman has been the director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) since July 2013. Before that she led global mining company Rio Tinto's policy approach to transparency, human rights and resource nationalism/resource curse issues from 2011. A former diplomat, she was Britain’s ambassador to Myanmar from 2002 to 2006. Since her first posting in Yangon, as second secretary in the British embassy from 1990 to 1993, she has been actively engaged in the debate about whether companies can operate responsibly, including in high human rights risk countries such as Myanmar, and whether their continued presence can have a positive effect.

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Five months ago, EU ambassador Roland Kobia arrived in Myanmar to open the EU delegation office. Since then, Mr Kobia has been confronted with the Rakhine strife, a stalling peace process and a problematic census. Mizzima’s Hans Hulst sat down with Mr Kobia to discuss the EU’s agenda in Myanmar and the challenges ahead.

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Mohana Gill’s foodie memoirs

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Prize-winning food writer Mohana Gill returned to her homeland last month to promote her fourth cookbook, Myanmar Cuisine, Culture, Custom, 228 pages of recipes, reminiscing, anecdotes and fine photography.

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UN Special Rapporteur Quintana discusses political prisoners, communal violence and the possibility of a truth commission

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An overview of the Myanmar pop business

Heather MacLachlan is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Dayton in the United States and the author of Burma's Pop Music Industry – the first book to be written about Myanmar’s pop scene business. She spoke to Mizzima Business Weekly about some of her most interesting findings, as well as what’s changed since her book was published in 2011.

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