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.
HE Union Minister of Health and Sports, Dr Myint Htwe, gave the opening addresses in the meeting- highlighting the benefits of this evaluation -- in helping to ascertain improvements the country’s capacity to deal with potential or actual public health threats. These can quickly lead to increased burden of disease as well as economic loss. Intersectoral participation is crucial for success. Next, Dr Stephan Paul Jost, gave the opening remarks on his very first day as the new WHO Representative to Myanmar. Emphasizing the fact that WHO at every level – global, regional and country - is active to support this process, he commended the national authorities for the leadership in taking this initiative forward. It is an important contribution to national, regional and global health security.