Press Release
Over 14 million children nationwide to be immunized against Japanese Encephalitis

One of the largest public health interventions ever conducted in Myanmar, the Japanese Encephalitis vaccination campaign, kicking off today, will help stop this rising and potentially fatal disease among children.
Yangon, 15 November 2017 - With increasing numbers of children across Myanmar suffering from Japanese Encephalitis, the Ministry of Health and Sports, with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today launched a nationwide immunization campaign aimed at protecting more than 14 million children and preventing future outbreaks.

Myanmar Influenza information and update

As advised by Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar, the total number of laboratory-confirmed, seasonal Influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 cases is 20 as at today 26th July 2017. This includes three deaths. In this regard, WHO is actively collaborating with the national health authorities to provide all necessary timely support regarding prevention, detection and response to influenza.

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.


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