Stakeholders meeting on Joint External Evaluation of International Health Regulations

H.E Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister of Health and Sports, giving the opening address at the stakeholders meeting on JEE in Nay Pyi Taw.

National and international stakeholders on Joint External Evaluation met at Naypyidaw on 6 Feb 2017. The Joint External Evaluation is a voluntary, collaborative process to assess a country’s capacity under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health threats. These may occur naturally or due to deliberate or accidental events, allowing countries to identify urgent needs for the national health security system. Myanmar’s Ministry of Health and Sports, other concerned ministries, WHO, FAO and other UN and international organizations attended this meeting.

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. Discussions highlighted that in 2015 in SEAR an estimated 4.74 million people developed TB and over 710,000 died from the disease. Despite considerable efforts by state and non state actors, the annual decline of TB incidence remains 1.5% to 2% -- which is considered too slow to achieve WHO’s End TB targets and sustainable development goals by 2030.

Joint symposium on Maternal Death Surveillance and Response – collaborative efforts to ending preventable maternal mortality

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Dr Anoma Jayathileke, WHO Technical Officer RMNCAH, sharing experience at MDSR symposium.

Maternal deaths are still an important public health problem in Myanmar. Maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR) serves as a continuous cycle of routine identification, notification, quantification and determination of causes and avoidability of maternal deaths. Importantly, the use of this information serves to respond with actions that will prevent future deaths. Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar, is putting great efforts to end preventable maternal mortality, to attain the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. With combined support from World Health Organization, United Nations Population Fund and other partners, the Ministry has launched the MDSR system in September 2016 -- which is being rolled out to 17 States and Regions during 2017.

First case of Zika Virus infection detected in Myanmar; mosquito control measures must be at the forefront of the fight against vector-borne diseases

On Thursday 28 October 2016 the Ministry of Health and Sports announced that a first case of Zika virus infection has been confirmed in Myanmar, in a foreign national who is currently pregnant. In light of this case, increasing preventative measures to control the spread of mosquitoes that can transmit Zika and other infections has become an even more relevant public health intervention.

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