Myanmar’s National Cancer Control Plan reaches finalization stage

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Prof. Dr Khin Cho Win of the Ministry of Health and Sports and participants discuss the National Cancer Plan.

During a workshop held at the University of Medicine 1 in Yangon on 30 June 2016 the Myanmar National Cancer Control Plan for 2017-2021 was finalized after careful analysis and discussions. The plan - set to be endorsed by the Ministry of Health and Sports by August 2016 – was finalized by senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Sports, Rectors of the University of Medicine 1 and University of Public Health, professors and senior clinicians from different Departments of the Universities of Medicine 1 and 2 and the University of Public Health, Oncologists from the Defense Services Medical Academy and the focal person for Cancer from the World Health Organization in Myanmar, who worked together over the course of 2016 to draft this important document.

WHO and Health Cluster partners support rapid health assessments and response in flood-affected areas, Rakhine State

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A rural health centre inaccessible due to flooding, Rakhine State.

Since the beginning of July 2016 heavy monsoonal rains have hit several areas of Myanmar, resulting in floods in five townships of Rakhine State and putting other States and Regions of the country (Sagaing and Magway regions, Chin state) on high alert for flooding risk. Around 27,000 people have been affected by flooding according to Government and UN estimates, and many remain displaced due to high water levels in their townships.

Pneumococcal Vaccine (PCV) introduced in Myanmar, strengthening routine immunization activities

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A 2 month-old infant is among the first babies in Myanmar to receive PCV injection.

On 1st July 2016 Dr Myint Htwe, Minister of Health and Sports for Myanmar, launched the introduction of pneumococcal vaccine (PCV) during a high-level ceremony held in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw. The PC vaccine – protecting against diseases such as pneumonia, one of the leading killers of children under 5 year in Myanmar - has been introduced throughout the country on the same day. All new birth cohorts will receive the new vaccine. During the ceremony held at the Ministry of Health and Sports, representatives from GAVI, UNICEF and WHO congratulated the Government of Myanmar for launching this new vaccine and for their proven commitment towards improving children’s health in the country.

WHO supports the School Health Team of the Ministry of Health and Sports to scale up and strengthen prevention activities and health interventions in schools

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The School Health Team of Ministry of Health working on the National Plan with the WHO Technical Officer.

The School Health team of the Ministry of Health and Sports presented an assessment of the situation for school health in Myanmar at a meeting attended by the Deputy Director General of Public Health Department, Dr. Yin Thandar Lwin, officials of the Ministry of Health and Sports and by the Medical Officer responsible for School Health of WHO Myanmar.

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