Increasing anti-venom production to prevent snakebite fatalities across Myanmar

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A phase of the production of anti-venom at the Production Centre (Myanmar Pharmaceutical Factory) of the Ministry of Industry.

Snake bites are well-known medical emergencies in many parts of the world, especially in rural areas. The incidence of snake bite mortality is particularly high in South-East Asia, home to many different venomous snakes, and farmers, rural workers and children are often the most at risk. In 2009, snake bites were included in WHO’s list of neglected tropical diseases, recognising how snake bites represent a common occupational hazard and result in thousands of deaths and chronic physical handicap cases every year.

Dr Myint Htwe elected as Myanmar's new Minister of Health

Dr Myint Htwe is a public health expert with extensive experience in a variety of public health sectors. Currently, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Myanmar Academy for Medical Sciences (MAMS); he also holds the positions of: Chair of the Preventive and Social Medicine Society of the Myanmar Medical Association (MMA), Chair of the Ethics Review Committee of the Department of Medical Research of the Ministry of Health and Vice-Chair of the Yangon Liver Foundation.

WHO Myanmar hosts a Symposium and exhibition on Maternal and Child Health at the 8th Asia Pacific Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Nay Pyi Taw

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Dr Sai Mauk Kham, Vice President of Myanmar, visits WHO Booth during the Conference.

Improving access to reproductive and sexual health and ensuring health rights across Asia-Pacific was the main focus of the Asia Pacific Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (8APCSRHR), in its eight edition this year. The Conference took place at the MICC-2, Nay Pyi Taw, and was hosted in Myanmar by the Ministry of Health and the Maternal and Child Welfare Association, with the support of WHO and other health partners like UNFPA and the 3MDG Fund.

Findings of the 2014 Myanmar STEPS survey on Diabetes Mellitus and Non-Communicable Diseases risk factors presented in Nay Pyi Taw

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Testing for blood glucose levels.

The WHO STEPwise approach to non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factor surveillance – the STEPS Survey - focuses on obtaining core data on the established risk factors that determine the disease burden of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases in a country. By using the same standardized questions and protocols, all countries can use STEPS information not only for monitoring in-country trends, but also for making comparisons across countries.

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