The widespread human rights abuses in eastern Burma have an impact on the health of communitiesGross violations of human rights, including expulsion, forced labor, attacks by soldiers on civilians, injury from landmines and destruction or theft of food were distributed eastern Burma , with more than half of households in displaced areas incidents in the 12 months before the survey in 2004. The study, completed by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is, Backpack Health Worker Team and other institutions, published in the October 2007 issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Richards with Montefiore Medical Center, Catherine I. Lee and Thomas J. Lee with the Global Health Access Program and Cynthia Maung and Mahn Mahn with the Back Pack Health Worker team.. The authors explain that the combination the collection of data on human rights violations and population-level health status allows quantification of the relationship between abuse and health, complement qualitative methods and facilitating advocacy. ‘It’s just this type of hard evidence of the human toll of military misrule that the Burmese military regime has tried to suppress,’says study co-author Chris Beyrer, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights.Continue Reading