"Fight Zika smart", says Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, World Health Organization South-East Asia Region

Clusters of birth defects are strongly suspected to be linked to the Zika virus. Managing risk means following smart public health practice.
The strongly suspected link between Zika virus and infants being born with unusually small heads and other neurological disorders has been declared by WHO a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. There is an urgent need to coordinate efforts at the global level to investigate and understand the relationship between these conditions better, just as there is a need to take all measures necessary to prevent Zika’s spread.

WHO and UNAIDS conduct a review of HIV and TB collaborative activities in Myanmar together with the Ministry of Health

WHO and National TB Programme staff conduct a survey amongst TB patients in Meiktila, Mandalay region.

In January 2016 the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS carried out an in-depth review of the current status of Tuberculosis and HIV in Myanmar and of the collaborative activities implemented to address these diseases. The review was conducted in close collaboration with the National Tuberculosis and AIDS Programmes of the Ministry of Health, and with financial support from USAID and the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

National Seminar on Comprehensive Oncology Healthcare Services in Myanmar conducted in Nay Pyi Taw in January 2016

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Dr. Myint Han, Director General, Department of Medical Services delivering a welcome address at the conference.

On 11 January 2016, Directors General and senior officials from the Ministry of Health joined university rectors and professors from the Universities of Medicine, senior pathologists and medical and radiation oncologists to take part in a national seminar on comprehensive Oncology Healthcare Services in Myanmar. At the heart of the seminar were discussions on the improvement and expansion of comprehensive cancer care services across the nation.

WHO facilitates training on malaria microscopy technique and field assessment of malaria laboratories

Participants of training on malaria microscopy technique and field assessment of malaria laboratories.

A refresher training on malaria microscopy techniques was facilitated by the National Malaria Control Programme of the Ministry of Health and by WHO from 7 to 11 December 2015. The training aimed to review and assess the capacities of technical staff to carry out effective microscopy analysis of malaria, which is central for the fight against the disease in Myanmar.

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