Handover of seasonal influenza vaccine to national health authorities (22 June 2018)

Credit: WHO Myanmar
Receiving seasonal flu vaccine by national health authorities at Yangon Regional Public Health Department

July to September is the usual influenza season in Myanmar coinciding with the monsoon. Seasonal influenza is a serious public health problem in every country. It can cause severe illness and death, especially in high risk populations. An influenza outbreak can take an economic toll, in lost productivity and strained health services.

Press Release
Myanmar receives special support from the UN to stop country’s tobacco scourge

8 MAY 2018 | NAY PYI TAW – Myanmar has been selected as one of 15 countries worldwide to receive dedicated international support from the United Nations through the “FCTC 2030 project” to accelerate implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The project aligns with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes explicit attention to tobacco control.

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.

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.