WHO in Myanmar
The World Health Organization (WHO) in Myanmar provides leadership and technical support to the Ministry of Health and other health partners working in the country. The mission of WHO is the attainment of the highest possible level of health by the people of Myanmar. WHO core areas of work focus on:
a) communicable and non-communicable diseases (i.e. HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases – among others);
b) strengthening health systems and promoting universal health coverage;
c) improving preparedness and surveillance mechanisms for emergencies, epidemics and natural disasters.
WHO works in partnership with Myanmar’s Ministry of Health through a coherent Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), which aligns closely with the priorities of the National Health Policy, Strategies and Plans and is harmonized thanks to the efforts of the different agencies of the United Nations (UN) system.
The current CSS is for 2014-2018, and its strategic priorities are:
(1) Strengthening the health system.
(2) Enhancing the achievement of communicable disease control targets.
(3) Controlling the growth of the non-communicable disease burden.
(4) Promoting health throughout the life course.
(5) Strengthening capacity for emergency risk management and surveillance systems for various health threats.
In addition to these five priority areas, WHO will continue working as directed by its governing bodies and will actively cooperate with Myanmar on any other public health challenges.
WHO works closely with all health stakeholders in Myanmar for the development of National Health Plans – looking at effective strategies and planning, resource mobilization, implementation and monitoring processes – and provides technical advice for the development of the health sector in the Country. WHO is the lead agency in the health sector and it actively collaborates in all development processes and capacity building of the health system.
Do you know that:
- The Myanmar Country Coordinating Mechanism (M-CCM), chaired by the Union Minister of Health, has expanded to become the Health Sector Coordination Committee (M-HSCC) covering Maternal, Newborn, Children and Adolescent Health (MNCAH), health system strengthening, emergency response and operational research in addition to existing programme areas –HIV, TB and malaria. WHO plays a critical role as secretariat or active member of the Technical and Strategy Groups that serve as technical bodies of M-HSCC.
- WHO is the lead agency coordinating the Humanitarian Health Cluster operating in Myanmar. The Health Cluster is responsible for implementing life-saving activities in crisis-affected areas: from supporting mobile clinic in hard-to-reach areas to overseeing the work of rapid response teams and the distribution of health kits during emergencies and disasters.
- In line with the regional priority of increasing immunization rates, Myanmar completed successful nation-wide immunization campaigns in recent years with support from WHO, UNICEF and other partners. In 2014, the Measles and Rubella campaign targeted over 17.4 million children aged between 9 months to 15 years with the measles-rubella vaccine; in late 2015 and early 2016, a Polio campaign targeted all children under 5 years across Myanmar with Oral Polio Vaccination, and more than 4.5 million children were immunized against the crippling disease.
- The National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), with technical support from WHO Myanmar and from the Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance (ERAR), set the goal to eliminate malaria in Myanmar by 2030, consistent with the draft Malaria Elimination Strategy in the Greater Mekong Subregion. In addition, 18 regional leaders from the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) committed to achieving a malaria-free Asia Pacific region by 2030 during the East-Asia Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, in November 2014.