Fighting malaria amongst high-risk communities: Myanmar rubber plantations workers receive malaria diagnosis and treatment

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U Tin Naing Soe prepares to conduct a Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) in Kwali Camp rubber plantation, Mon State, Myanmar.

In the seemingly uninhabited jungles of Myanmar’s Mon State, hundreds of people work every night collecting rubber, making their way through acres of dense forests. As they go on with their heavy work, they need to be wary of small but dangerous threat: the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

Surveillance of birth defects: a key strategy for reducing newborn and child mortality

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Despite significant progress in Millennium Development Goals over the past decade, ending preventable maternal newborn and child mortality remains an unfinished agenda and one of the world’s most critical challenges. At the same time, birth defects have been recognized as a global public health concern since they are progressively contributing to a greater proportion of infant and childhood mortality. WHO estimates that, globally, about 7% of all neonatal deaths are caused by birth defects.

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.

Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: Maternal Death Review and Surveillance (MDSR) System launched in Myanmar

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A mother with her newborn child in Northern Shan State.

Despite the progress made during the Millennium Development Goals era, maternal mortality in Myanmar still remains unacceptably high – with latest Population Census results estimating Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in the country at 282 deaths per 100,000 live births. In 2015, almost 3000 women died in Myanmar before, during or soon after giving birth.