The World Health Organization (WHO) was established as a specialized agency of the United Nations 70 years ago, on April 7th 1948. Every year, this day is commemorated as World Health Day (WHD), to bring focus on a theme of importance for public health. The WHD theme for 2018 is Universal Health Coverage (UHC): ensuring that all people have access to needed health services, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that people do not suffer financial hardship when paying for these services. WHO’s Director General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, recently underlined that "UHC is not just an option. It is the only way to realize health for all".
Malaria Week in Myanmar, 4-8 December 2017
Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) countries - Cambodia, China, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam - dramatically reduced the burden of malaria. At the same time, success may be threatened by antimalarial drug resistance. Ministry of Health and Sports of Myanmar with the support of WHO, Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA), and UNOPS organized a ‘Malaria Week’, from 4 – 8 December 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. A high level meeting convened on 8 December 2017 adopted the ‘Ministerial Call for Action to eliminate malaria in the GMS before 2030’.
WHO was notified by Ministry of Health & Sports, Myanmar, on 24th July 2017 of 13 cases of Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09. According to MoHS data as at 15 October 2017, there were 1,198 cases of severe acute respiratory infection and 401 cases are laboratory confirmed Influenza A(H1N1) pdm09. Among deaths with influenza, 38 deaths were likely due to Influenza whereas 22 were likely due to Influenza with co-morbidities. Majority of laboratory confirmed cases and deaths were from Yangon, Ayeyarwady and Bago Regions.
Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is an important public health problem in South East Asia and the Pacific. In Myanmar, the national Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) with the support of WHO and UNICEF is introducing JE vaccine routinely from 2018. Prior to this, a nationwide catch-up vaccination campaign is targeting 14 million children (9 months to 15 years) during November and December 2017 with the support of GAVI funds. This approach is expected to provide high immunity against JE before incorporation of JE vaccines into the national routine immunization schedule. Both campaign and routine programmes will use WHO prequalified (SA 14-14-2) JE vaccine...