Prevention and control of Communicable Diseases


EPI and Polio

Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance system for polio eradication was established in 1996 in Myanmar. There are seventeen regional surveillance officers in each state and division and three coordinators with support staff in centre. Measles and neonatal tetanus surveillance was integrated with AFP surveillance in 1999.
Expanded programme on immunization (EPI) and polio eradication network assists the Ministry of Health in:


  • assisting in AFP surveillance which includes reporting, investigation, and sample collection, transportation of sample to lab in Yangon and follow-up of all AFP cases.
  • assisting in reporting, investigation, sample collection, transportation of sample to lab of all measles outbreaks.
  • assisting in reporting and investigation of neonatal tetanus cases.
  • assisting in investigation of other vaccine preventable disease outbreaks.
  • assisting in surveillance of avian influenza.
  • assisting in capacity building of health staff through trainings and workshop locally and abroad.


  • assisting in planning, training, supervision and monitoring, logistic support and financial support in conduction of supplementary immunization activities.
  • assisting in development of training materials, guidelines, plan of action, trainings, supervision and monitoring, technical support in strengthening routine immunization.
  • assisting in planning, implementation, training, development of guideline, training materials, supervision and monitoring of measles and tetanus campaigns.
  • assisting in vaccine management.
  • assisting in measles mortality reduction.

Pneumococcal Vaccine (PCV) introduced in Myanmar, strengthening routine immunization activities

On 1st July 2016 Dr Myint Htwe, Minister of Health and Sports for Myanmar, launched the introduction of pneumococcal vaccine (PCV) during a high-level ceremony held in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw. The PC vaccine – protecting against diseases such as pneumonia, one of the leading killers of children under 5 year in Myanmar - has been introduced throughout the country on the same day. All new birth cohorts will receive the new vaccine. During the ceremony held at the Ministry of Health and Sports, representatives from GAVI, UNICEF and WHO congratulated the Government of Myanmar for launching this new vaccine and for their proven commitment towards improving children’s health in the country.

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Myanmar switches from trivalent to bivalent Polio vaccine, plans introduction of PCV vaccine

On 29 April 2016 Dr Myint Htwe, newly-appointed Minister of Health and Sports for Myanmar, launched the National Immunization Week with a high-level ceremony held in Nay Pyi Taw. The launch of the Myanmar Immunization Week happened in correlation with WHO’s World Immunization Week and represented an important policy statement of the new Government of Myanmar.

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