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.

Developing guidelines for the clinical management of Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever

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Dengue and DHF can have serious health consequences; the disease is transmitted through the bites of infected Aedes mosquitoes.

On 6 September 2016 the vector-borne diseases (VBD) team of WHO Myanmar convened a technical workshop to develop the National Clinical Management Guidelines for Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF), in support of Myanmar health authorities and with the collaboration of experts and academics from the Universities of Medicines of the country. Dengue and DHF is a vector borne disease prevalent in Myanmar which can have serious health consequences; the disease is transmitted through the bites of infected Aedes mosquitoes.

WHO leads a seminar on “The significance of Health for Development” for Parliamentarians working on health issues in Myanmar

His Excellency Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister of Health and Sports, Myanmar in a lively address to Parliamentarians and a panel of experts chaired by Dr Than Win (Chair of the Amyother Health Committee [Upper house]), on the Significance of Health for Development in Myanmar.

In April this year the first civilian government in over a quarter of a century assumed power in Myanmar, and the Hluttaw (Parliament) Development Strategy aims to inform and build capacity among newly elected Members of the Parliament.
As part of the United Nation’s support to the Myanmar’s Hluttaw Development Strategy 2016-21, WHO led a seminar on the central role played by health in the development context of the country. The Seminar took place in Nay Pyi Taw from 23 to 25 August 2016.

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.