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23 Nov 2012 description

MANILA, 23 November, 2012 - The World Health Organization (WHO) today hailed a commitment by leaders at the 7th East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to throw their support behind the drive against malaria in the Region.

The leaders, including President Barack Obama of the United States of America, pledged their governments' backing for efforts to reduce malaria cases and deaths by 75% by 2015, and to contain resistance to antimalarial medicines.

13 Nov 2012 description


Nay Pyi Taw, 6 November 2012: Myanmar’s Ministry of Health today officially introduced a new vaccine to protect children against five potentially life-threatening diseases. Introduction of the Penta valent vaccine marks a milestone in Myanmar’s child immunization. It was announced in a ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Health with WHO and UNICEF.

02 Nov 2012 description
Policy Brief

New Roll Back Malaria report highlights malaria burden in Asia-Pacific

Australia urges accelerated action against malaria in the region

23 Oct 2012 description

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 9,000 multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) cases occur in Myanmar each year. Extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) has been reported since 2007.

In 2011, only 2% of MDR-TB cases received adequate diagnosis, treatment and care. Undiagnosed or mismanaged MDR-TB cases lead to further spread of the disease.

The Ministry of Health is committed to fighting MDR-TB. In 2009 the National TB Programme (NTP) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched an MDR-TB pilot project in 10 townships in Yangon and Mandalay.

27 Sep 2012 description

HANOI, 27 September 2012 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that measures to stop the spread of malaria parasites resistant to the drug artemisinin need to be expanded following growing evidence that resistance has now emerged in southern and central Viet Nam and in southeastern Myanmar. This follows confirmation of artemisinin resistance on Cambodia’s and Myanmar’s borders with Thailand.

07 Sep 2012 description

SEAR/PR 1549

Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 7 September, 2012: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal and Myanmar have a critical shortage of trained health workers. These countries have fewer than 23 health workers (doctors, nurses and midwives) per 10 000 population which is considered the minimum health workforce needed to achieve 80% coverage of essential health interventions. More people lack access to health-care providers in the WHO South-East Asia Region than in WHO’s African Region.

06 Sep 2012 description

Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 6 September, 2012: Health Ministers from WHO’s South-East Asia Region renewed their commitment to improving disaster risk management in the health sector. Member countries are increasing investments and building capacities for all phases of disasters: risk reduction, preparedness, response and recovery. The Health Ministers deliberated on this issue at WHO’s 65th Regional Committee Meeting from 5 to 7 September.

05 Sep 2012 description

SEAR/PR 1551

Yogyakarta, 5 September 2012: Eleven countries in WHO’s South-East Asia Region are now on track to declaring the Region Polio free, this was recognized during an event at the WHO’s Regional Committee Meeting in Yogyakarta, today. The last case of wild poliovirus in the Region was reported on 13 January 2011 in India making a regional polio free certification possible in early 2014. However, the Region remains at risk with poliovirus circulating in the endemic countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

27 Jun 2012 description


  • Instability in Rakhine State that started since 28 May has resulted in displacement of over 52 200 people who are accommodated in 66 camps/villages according to official Government sources.

  • 50 people died and 54 injured and over 2230 houses, business and communal buildings were burned and destroyed.

  • The Government had imposed curfew in, Sittwe, Thandwe, Kyaukphyu, Yanbye, Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships and the ‘State of Emergency’ was declared in Rakkhine State on 10 June.

06 Jun 2012 description

6 June 2012, Bangkok: WHO has called on countries to invest more in strengthening the resilience of communities to save lives during disasters and emergencies. The UN health agency today applauded the efforts of community-based NGOs and community health volunteers at a Regional Meeting on Disaster Risk Management in Health in Bangkok.

24 Apr 2012 description

24 April, Yangon: Noncommunicable diseases are top killers in WHO’s South-East Asia Region, causing an estimated 7.9 million deaths every year. Cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and mental disorders can be prevented through effective public health approaches that address risk factors, such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and harmful use of alcohol. Interventions are needed from multiple sectors such as health education, food and nutrition, environment, transport and communications.

18 Apr 2012 description

New Delhi, 17 April 2012: Health experts from the 11 Member States of WHO’s SouthEast Asia Region met in New Delhi on 16-17 April to discuss and brainstorm about universal health care in the Region. WHO is urging countries in the Region to give priority to public health and the health needs of the poor through appropriate technology and health systems that are anchored at the community level.

13 Apr 2012 description


  • On 11 April 2011 at 15.38 PM Western Indonesian Time (UCT+7), a 8.5 Richter scale/RS earthquake hit 346 kilometres south west of Simeuleu with 10 kilometres depth.

  • U.S. Geological Survey reported the magnitude of the earthquake as 8.7 RS which took place at a depth of 33 kilometres.

  • The tremor was felt in 5 provinces in NAD, North Sumatera, West Sumatera, Lampung and Bengkulu provinces. The local residents were in panic. The tremor was also felt in Singapore and Malaysia.

12 Apr 2012 description


  • On Wednesday, 11 April 2012 a huge earthquake of magnitude 8.6 hit North Sumatra,
    Indonesia, triggering an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert.

  • The quake hit 431 kilometres off the city of Banda Aceh at 0838 GMT, and was followed by another undersea quake measuring at 8.2.

  • Tremors were felt as far afield as Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Srilanka and Myanmar

  • Tsunami warnings were issued and evacuation ordered

22 Mar 2012 description

New Delhi, 22 March 2012: The number of people with tuberculosis in the WHO South-East Asia Region has decreased by about 40% since 1990, due to improved detection and treatment. According to the World Health Organization, half a million people in the Region die every year from the disease. The South-East Asia Region has almost half of all the world’s tuberculosis cases, and five of the world’s 22 TB high-burden countries. India alone accounts for a quarter of all new cases.

21 Mar 2012 description

Yangon, Myanmar, 22 March 2012: The Mass Measles Campaign rolls out today in Myanmar to immunize 6.4 million children aged between nine months to five years across the country. The large scale measles immunization campaign is spearheaded by the Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UN Foundation, CDC and the American Red Cross. Simultaneously launched in each state and region, the duration of the campaign is for ten days from 22 to 31 March 2012.

09 Jan 2012 description


1.) The Sixty-fourth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia was held in Jaipur, India from 6 to 9 September 2011.
It was attended by representatives of all the eleven Member States of the Region, UN and other agencies, nongovernmental organizations having official relations with WHO, as well as observers.