Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health

Violence, Injuries and Disabilities

Injury prevention is a key for promotion of safe communities. WHO Myanmar is providing technical support to strengthen capacity for multi-sectoral interventions to prevent violence and unintentional injuries. Some examples of WHO Myanmar support in this area are:

  • establishing surveillance system for injuries;
  • training of health professionals, factory owners, managers and workers in unintentional injuries prevention;
  • improving technical capacity of health workers, NGOs and communities for community based rehabilitation.

Key messages for safety on Myanmar roads

Do’s for driving
Wear helmet on motorcycle. Child motorcycle passenger must wear the helmet. Fasten seat belt. Use car safety seat for baby and young child. Slow down and stop before reaching pedestrian crossing the road. Keep maximum safe distance from the front car to have adequate time and distance to stop safely. The best is to use the “three-second rule” - your car should pass a fixed object 3-4 seconds after the car ahead of you passed the same object. On express way, it should be at least 4 seconds.

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Keeping safe on Myanmar roads!

Road crashes are major causes of deaths in Myanmar. From 2013 to 2015, number of road deaths increased rapidly from 2,464 to 3,612. The WHO estimated Myanmar road death rates, increased from 15 to as high as 20.3 per 100,000 Pop., a jump from the 6th to 2nd rank within its WHO Region.
Individuals can protect lives on Myanmar roads through the followings:

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Launching the fourth Global UN Road safety week

The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, 8-14 May 2017 was celebrated worldwide. It highlighted managing speed with the slogan: Save Lives: #SlowDown. WHO’s technical information was used as follow:

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WHO supports the School Health Team of the Ministry of Health and Sports to scale up and strengthen prevention activities and health interventions in schools

The School Health team of the Ministry of Health and Sports presented an assessment of the situation for school health in Myanmar at a meeting attended by the Deputy Director General of Public Health Department, Dr. Yin Thandar Lwin, officials of the Ministry of Health and Sports and by the Medical Officer responsible for School Health of WHO Myanmar.

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Road Safety in Myanmar: data collection begins on the Yangon-Mandalay Highway

Deaths and injuries related to road crashes remain one of the most pressing public health concerns for low- and middle-income countries around the world. As reported in the latest WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety in 2015, 90% of road traffic deaths occur in these countries, even if they only possess 54% of the world’s vehicles. Despite the increased adoption of road safety strategies and policies which target the issue, more has to be done to reverse this alarming trend.

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