Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology

Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 event in Myanmar

WHO was notified by Ministry of Health & Sport, Myanmar, on 24th July 2017 of 13 cases of Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09. According to MoHS data as at 15 October 2017, there were 1,198 cases of severe acute respiratory infection and 401 cases are laboratory confirmed Influenza A(H1N1) pdm09. Among deaths with influenza, 38 deaths were likely due to Influenza whereas 22 were likely due to Influenza with co-morbidities. Majority of laboratory confirmed cases and deaths were from Yangon, Ayeyarwady and Bago Regions.

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External assessment of Joint External Evaluation on International Health Regulations

Being a key component of Joint External Evaluation (JEE), the external assessment part of the evaluation was conducted by the external assessment team from 3 to 9 May 2017. The team encompassed a multisectoral group of experts from UN and various international organizations. This JEE assessed the country’s capacity under the International Health Regulations (IHR) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health threats.


Advocacy meeting on Codex and INFOSAN

With collective technical support from WHO and FAO, the Department of Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Health and Sports, organized a key meeting with stakeholders in Naypyidaw from 13-15 June 2017 to accelerate actions for food safety in Myanmar.


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

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.

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