Humanitarian Health Action

Myanmar news and feature stories


  • 12 December 2017

    Bangladesh moves to protect Rohingya children from diphtheria

    Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – The Government of Bangladesh, with the support of UNICEF, the World Health Organization and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, today launched a vaccination campaign against diphtheria and other preventable diseases for all Rohingya children aged 6 weeks to 6 years living in 12 camps and temporary settlements near the Myanmar border.

  • July 2016

    Myanmar: WHO and Health Cluster partners support rapid health assessments and response in flood-affected areas, Rakhine State

    Since the beginning of July 2016 heavy monsoonal rains have hit several areas of Myanmar, resulting in floods in five townships of Rakhine State and putting other States and Regions of the country (Sagaing and Magway regions, Chin state) on high alert for flooding risk. Around 27,000 people have been affected by flooding according to Government and UN estimates, and many remain displaced due to high water levels in their townships.

  • April - June 2016

    WHO Newsletter

    Myanmar switches from trivalent to bivalent Polio vaccine, plans introduction of Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV). Training and capacity building to non-governmental partners: WHO Tuberculosis team visits CESVI projects in Pyin Oo Lwin. Blood donations from citizens throughout Myanmar mark World Blood Donor Day 2016. WHO supports the School Health Team of the MoHS to scale up prevention activities and health interventions in schools. World No Tobacco Day: Get ready for Plain Packaging. WHO opens new Sub-Office in Nay Pyi Taw


  • September 2008

    World Health Organization bulletin - Groundbreaking approach to disaster relief

    The humanitarian response to Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar on 2 and 3 May, heralds a fundamentally new approach to relief coordination. As a result, a unique survey showed what really happened to the survivors. Sarah Cumberland reports.

  • 9 July 2008

    Photo story: WHO starts early recovery efforts

    9 July 2008--Humanitarian relief efforts are now shifting from the emergency response to early recovery. The emphasis is on restoring health facilities and providing essential services, including measles and polio immunizations, and nutritional campaigns. This photo story describes the activities undertaken by WHO and its partners.

  • 4 June 2008

    WHO sets up disease surveillance system in Myanmar

    New Delhi 4 June 2008--A system to detect and report potential disease outbreaks early in Myanmar’s cyclone-affected areas has been put into action by the World Health Organization and health cluster partners. The Early Warning Reporting System (EWARS) has been established to support the Ministry of Health to provide quick and accurate information on diseases.

  • 30 May 2008

    US$ 28 million needed for Myanmar health-care plan

  • WHO Health Action in Crises thanks donors for their immediate support and calls for continued assistance for Myanmar