Healthcare Should Be Suu Kyi 's First Priority For Reforming Burma

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Introduction Than Aung is the current minister for the Ministry of Health in Burma. Than Aung is fairly new to this job; he assumed office 1 August 2014. Than Aung is preceded by Pe Thet Khin who was the minister from March 2011- July 2014. Before Aung became minister, he was the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Health in Burma. He was also a member of the Naypidaw Council and was the Director of the Myanmar Army Medical Corps. Having such a successful career so far, his opinion is taken very seriously with issues of healthcare.

Topic 1: The Platform of Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi states, “If suffering were an unavoidable part of our existence, we should try to alleviate it as far as possible in practical, earthly ways.” Healthcare should be Suu Kyi’s first priority for reforming Burma. Burmese citizens, namely children, are not getting the healthcare that they deserve. Although Burma is striving for universal healthcare, the amount of money allotted is not enough for people to get the proper care that they need. As of 2014, Burma allotted approximately $USD18 per capita while the regional average of south-east Asia was approximately $USD70 per capita. Burma needs to budget more money for healthcare. The mortality rate of children under the age of five in Burma is 9.3% higher than the global average, and children are not the only place where issues arise. Almost 1 in 4 Burmese citizens between 30-70 die from a noncommunicable disease (NCD) of either a cancer,…

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