Dr Win Han Oo presenting at MWC2018
Importance of community delivered models to achieve malaria elimination in Myanmar was one of the key messages from Burnet researcher Dr Win Han Oo at today’s Malaria World Congress in Melbourne.
Dr Win was a key speaker in the session focused on ‘Expanding access to malaria interventions and the future of health financing.’
“The key message is that we (Myanmar) have committed to the Malaria Elimination Strategy but in order for this to happen we need to redefine and modify the current communities (capacity) to meet the elimination needs,“ Dr Win explained.
“This could be achieved through the different partners, the Ministry of Health, the elimination NGOs and the communities all talking together. We need to bring together everyone in the same place and use the same language so we can achieve this goal.
Image: Dr Win presenting at MWC2018. Courtesy of ACREME
“They (the Ministry of Health, Myanmar) are very much aware of the growing problem of drug resistance on the border. They have their regular therapeutic efficacy study.
“When we talk about the global problem of malaria in Myanmar people traditionally try to contain the problem, but the concept has been elevated. Elimination is the only solution to contain malaria.
“We are committed to eliminate malaria by 2030 and we are making progress. In Myanmar we have 15 provinces and from the start of this year five provinces have been declared malaria-free.”
Image: Dr Win in front of a Burnet research poster in the Global Village