Plan International begins maternal health and nutrition project in Kachin State with WHO and CERF support

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Maternal and child mortality rates in Myanmar remain some of the highest in South East Asia. It has been estimated that out of the around 916,000 live births in the country, 18,800 are stillbirths, while 8,500 infants die on the first day 1. The Myanmar Census report for 2014 estimated an infant mortality rate of 62 deaths per 1,000 live births and an under-five child mortality rate of 72 deaths per 1,000 live births. In terms of maternal mortality, leading causes of death include postpartum hemorrhages, prolonged and obstructed labour, infections and unsafe abortions 2 - all complications which are preventable with access to quality healthcare.

World Diabetes Day 2015 celebrated at the Ministry of Health in Nay Pyi Taw

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14 November 2015 marked World Diabetes Day, the official WHO health day mandated by the World Health Assembly for the prevention and control of this widespread disease. Diabetes is a global epidemic which kills one person every seven seconds and over 5 million every year. The number of people with diabetes globally is projected to increase alarmingly from 457 million in 2014 to 592 million by 2035.

16 – 22 November 2015: WHO launches first World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Increased resistance to antibiotics has been detected in all parts of the world and represents one of the greatest challenges to global public health today. A growing number of infections — such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and gonorrhoea — are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective. Antibiotic resistance leads to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality.

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

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Team visits highway police station along the Expressway.

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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