Myanmar MOH Shares Vision for a NPHI in Southeast Asia
On November 15, 2016, officials from the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports met with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC), the International Association of National Public Health Institutes, and Public Health England. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss their vision and goals for establishing a Myanmar Centers for Disease Control in the context of the existing public health system in Myanmar.
“ A Myanmar CDC would strive to prevent diseases which will affect the population in the coming years like the U.S. CDC. ”“”
The Minister of Health and keynote speaker, Dr. Myint Htwe, envisions a Myanmar CDC that would strive to prevent diseases which will affect the population in the coming years like the U.S. CDC.
Dr. Htwe supports the establishment of the Myanmar CDC which would work to control infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases (hypertension, heart attacks, diabetes), mitigate the threat of natural disasters, and promote environmental and occupational health. He stated that the Myanmar CDC would provide training to update health workers' public health skills across the entire health sector.
The establishment of a Myanmar CDC would ensure coordination of public health expertise, address critical capacity gaps, and ensure the translation of public health data into effective action.
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