Laying the Foundation for the Myanmar CDC

From August 22-26, U.S. CDC and the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) hosted a delegation from Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) in Atlanta, GA.  The delegation included Dr. Soe Lwin Nyein, Director General of the MOHS Department of Public Health; Dr. Than Win, Deputy Director General for Disease Control; and Dr. Than Tun Aung, Deputy Director General for Disaster & Epidemiology.  Dr. Dora Warren, Country Director for U.S. CDC in Myanmar, also joined the visit to welcome the delegation.  WHO supported the study tour as an opportunity for the MOHS to learn about the U.S. public health system as they work to establish their own national public health institute--the Myanmar CDC.  The group visited CDC’s Emergency Operations Center, the Georgia State Department of Public Health, and the Georgia Public Health Laboratory, and discussed public health priorities in Myanmar with a range of subject matter experts. 

A Myanmar CDC would strive to prevent diseases which will affect the population in the coming years like the U.S. CDC.

Dr. Myint Htwe, Minister of Health & supporter of Myanmar CDC

As the group learned about public health successes and challenges in the U.S., Dr. Soe Lwin Nyein explained that establishing the Myanmar CDC is critical for the future of public health in Myanmar—that having a dedicated public health entity will allow the MOHS to generate visible impact in strengthening the public health system and to demonstrate to decision makers that investment in public health pays off.  Based on the outcomes of this study tour, U.S. CDC Atlanta, U.S. CDC Myanmar, IANPHI will continue to support the MOHS to achieve its vision for a public health entity that can strengthen disease control and response programs, build a stronger public health workforce, and improve the public health laboratory system in Myanmar. 

Myanmar CDC