Prevention and control of Communicable Diseases

Malaria and other vector-borne diseases

  • Roll back malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases:
    • Providing technical support to the Ministry of Health for prevention and control of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases:
    • development of policies, strategies and guidelines;
    • training;
    • planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
    • development of information, education and communication strategy and materials;
    • conduct research.
  • Advocacy and resource mobilization.
  • Coordination with partners and dissemination of technical information.
  • Supporting Ministry of Health and other partners in addressing major issues on malaria control such as multi-drug resistance, fake/counterfeit drugs, malaria among migrant workers and ethnic groups, quality assurance of drugs and diagnostics.
  • Facilitating cross-border collaboration.
  • Facilitating human resource development through local and international training.
  • Supporting morbidity control and mass drug administration for elimination of lymphatic filariasis.
  • Providing logistics support

Signing of the Ministerial Call for Action to eliminate malaria

Multidrug resistant malaria has been detected in Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries over the last decade. This may spread to other parts of the world unless contained swiftly and effectively. High level political leaders of GMS countries felt the need to address this resistance threat jointly. In light of this, Health Ministers from GMS countries – Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam - together with WHO Regional Directors from South East Asia and Western Pacific Regions, and partners, passed a ‘Ministerial Call for Action to eliminate malaria in GMS by 2030’.

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Watch for Dengue - the season has started

Dengue is one of the most common mosquitoborne viral infections which can be life-threatening. The dengue season just started in Myanmar. Hence, the time for advocacy and preparedness is perfect. The national Vector borne disease control programme organized advocacy meetings in states and regions, with support of WHO, during May and June 2018.

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High-level malaria meeting in Nay Pyi Taw

There is a concern for antimalarial drugs resistance in Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries- Cambodia, China, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. There is a risk of antimalarial drugs resistance spreading to the global South. The GMS is addressing cross border threat by adopting “One Region One Strategy” approach to eliminate malaria by 2030.

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