Joint Media Statement

In Myanmar, the month of April, despite being a period of festivities, is found to be the most dangerous one for the numbers of injuries and deaths related to road traffic accidents during this particular month. According to official information received from the Road Transport Administration Department, the annual data for 2017 related to crashes, injuries and deaths showed a rising trend compared to 2016. And the highest numbers of deaths were reported in April for both the years. During April 2017 alone, the road traffic crashes had led to a total a number of well over 3,000 cases of injuries and over 600 deaths.

Monsoon preparedness

A WHO staff on an assessment of disaster affected communities

Myanmar is prone to various natural hazards. Historical data show that there have been natural disasters every few years. The humanitarian community in Myanmar, represented by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), developed and regularly updates the inter-agency Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) Plan to support the Government of the Union of Myanmar in preparing for, and responding to, hazards that may affect the country.

Japanese Encephalitis vaccination campaign achievement

Children happily showing vaccination cards

The Ministry of Health and Sports with the support from development partners, WHO, UNICEF, GAVI and PATH, launched nationwide Japanese Encephalitis vaccination campaign in the last quarter of 2017. It was the second largest public health intervention in Myanmar after measles rubella vaccination campaign in 2015.

Antimicrobial resistance

Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of microbes to resist the effects of antibiotics – that is, the germs are not killed, and their growth is not stopped. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist, may spread to others. Misuse and overuse of antimicrobial drugs in human and animals have put every nation at risk from antimicrobial resistance.

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