Prevention and control of Communicable Diseases

Tuberculosis (including TB - HIV)

Providing technical assistance to the National TB Programme (NTP), particularly on:

  • Developing TB control policies and strategies; and contributing to national health sector development plans
  • Building capacity to sustain, improve and further intensify the implementation of the Stop TB Strategy
  • Scaling up and strengthening the involvement of all care providers in TB control
  • Improving community awareness and utilization of sound TB control services
  • Ensure increased and earlier TB case-finding
  • Facilitate the introduction of new tools for TB control
  • Scaling-up TB/HIV collaborative activities and the programmatic management of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB)
  • Measuring progress towards Millennium Development Goals, in particular the TB-related targets
  • Designing and disseminating information, education and communication messages, including research
  • Advocacy and raising commitment for TB control
  • Improving operational research to strengthen TB control, in collaboration with relevant agencies such as the Department of Medical Research
  • Facilitating partnerships with technical, development and financial agencies
  • Serving as secretariat to the TB Technical and Strategic Group which aims to coordinate partner organizations’ work on TB control
  • Mobilization of technical and financial resources for all components of TB control
  • Organizing external reviews of the NTP
  • In-country presence of WHO TB Advisors and a network of 80 staff supporting the fight against TB at central, regional and community-levels

Call for action to ‘bend the curve to end TB’ in South East Asia - at recent Regional Ministerial Meeting

WHO SEARO organized a key meeting, at ministerial level, to accelerate action towards ending TB as a public health problem by 2030. The meeting of Hon Health Ministers of South East Asia Region (SEAR) Member States was held 15-16 March 2017 in New Delhi, India. Many important technical and financial partners participated.

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Providing Training and capacity building to non-governmental partners: WHO Myanmar Tuberculosis team visits CESVI projects in Pyin Oo Lwin

Providing training to partners delivering services in the field is an important opportunity to strengthen the capacities of health workers who are the primary respondents to complex health issues. For this reason, a joint WHO and National Tuberculosis Program mission visited the projects of the Italian NGO CESVI in Pyin Oo Lwin and neighbouring areas in June 2016, to provide technical advice and updates on Tuberculosis care at primary health facility level.

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