Prevention and control of Communicable Diseases

Reproductive Health & Newborn Care

  • Providing technical support to the Ministry of Health in implementation of Myanmar five-year strategic plan for reproductive health (RH):
    • providing skilled care during pregnancy, delivery, new born, postnatal;
    • providing sexual and reproductive health information, education and services for young people;
    • providing of birth spacing and contraceptive services, and reproductive tract infections/sexually transmitted infections information and services;
    • providing post abortion care;
    • providing post menopausal care and screening and treatment of cervical and breast cancer;
    • promoting men's role in support of reproductive health;
    • promotion of community awareness on the knowledge about: pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care, danger sign, role of family and community in birth preparation and referral, transportation in case of emergency.
  • Supporting the Ministry of Health on implementation of gender and women's health programme.
  • Providing support for reproductive health in Myanmar and strengthening linkages between WHO Myanmar and reproductive health partners.
  • Strengthened monitoring and evaluation.

Joint symposium on Maternal Death Surveillance and Response – collaborative efforts to ending preventable maternal mortality

Maternal deaths are still an important public health problem in Myanmar. Maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR) serves as a continuous cycle of routine identification, notification, quantification and determination of causes and avoidability of maternal deaths. Importantly, the use of this information serves to respond with actions that will prevent future deaths. Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar, is putting great efforts to end preventable maternal mortality, to attain the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. With combined support from World Health Organization, United Nations Population Fund and other partners, the Ministry has launched the MDSR system in September 2016 -- which is being rolled out to 17 States and Regions during 2017.

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Surveillance of birth defects: a key strategy for reducing newborn and child mortality

Despite significant progress in Millennium Development Goals over the past decade, ending preventable maternal newborn and child mortality remains an unfinished agenda and one of the world’s most critical challenges. At the same time, birth defects have been recognized as a global public health concern since they are progressively contributing to a greater proportion of infant and childhood mortality. WHO estimates that, globally, about 7% of all neonatal deaths are caused by birth defects.

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Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: Maternal Death Review and Surveillance (MDSR) System launched in Myanmar

Despite the progress made during the Millennium Development Goals era, maternal mortality in Myanmar still remains unacceptably high – with latest Population Census results estimating Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in the country at 282 deaths per 100,000 live births. In 2015, almost 3000 women died in Myanmar before, during or soon after giving birth.

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