Myanmar Influenza information and update

As advised by Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar, the total number of laboratory-confirmed, seasonal Influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 cases is 20 as at today 26th July 2017. This includes three deaths. In this regard, WHO is actively collaborating with the national health authorities to provide all necessary timely support regarding prevention, detection and response to influenza.

Stakeholders meeting on Joint External Evaluation of International Health Regulations

H.E Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister of Health and Sports, giving the opening address at the stakeholders meeting on JEE in Nay Pyi Taw.

National and international stakeholders on Joint External Evaluation met at Naypyidaw on 6 Feb 2017. The Joint External Evaluation is a voluntary, collaborative process to assess a country’s capacity under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health threats. These may occur naturally or due to deliberate or accidental events, allowing countries to identify urgent needs for the national health security system. Myanmar’s Ministry of Health and Sports, other concerned ministries, WHO, FAO and other UN and international organizations attended this meeting.

Call for action to ‘bend the curve to end TB’ in South East Asia - at recent Regional Ministerial Meeting

WHO SEARO organized a key meeting, at ministerial level, to accelerate action towards ending TB as a public health problem by 2030. The meeting of Hon Health Ministers of South East Asia Region (SEAR) Member States was held 15-16 March 2017 in New Delhi, India. Many important technical and financial partners participated. Discussions highlighted that in 2015 in SEAR an estimated 4.74 million people developed TB and over 710,000 died from the disease. Despite considerable efforts by state and non state actors, the annual decline of TB incidence remains 1.5% to 2% -- which is considered too slow to achieve WHO’s End TB targets and sustainable development goals by 2030.

Launching UN joint programme on Cervical Cancer prevention and control in Myanmar

Prof Thet Khaing Win, Permanent Secretary for MoHS, delivering an opening speech at the launching ceremony of Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control in Myanmar.

The UN Global Joint Programme on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control for Myanmar was launched with a visit of inception mission to Naypyidaw 6-9 March 2017. Mission team members included WHO (headquarters, regional and country offices), IAEA and IARC, with UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and UNAIDS also participating in this initiative. The launching ceremony was inaugurated, on behalf of Ministry of Health and Sports, by Permanent Secretary Prof Thet Khaing Win.

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