The 3rd Seminar on Sino-Burmese Border Malaria Elimination Held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar

       To drive the malaria elimination on the Sino-Burmese border, the 3rd Seminar on Sino-Burmese Border Malaria Elimination was held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on September 6-8, 2017, which was sponsored by WHO and hosted by the Ministry of Health and Sports of Myanmar. Mr. Xie Guoxiang, Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar, Dr. Kyaw Zin Thant, Director of Medical Research Division of the Ministry of Health and Sports of Myanmar, Dr. Thandar Lwin, Deputy Director of Disease Control Department, and Dr. Yan Jun, Director, Division of Schistosomiasis and Endemic Diseases, Bureau of Disease Control, China National Health and Family Planning Commission attended the seminar and delivered speeches. More than 50 people attended the seminar including Dr. Zhou Xiaonong, Director of National Institute of Parasitic Diseases(NIPD), Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Mr. Li Yong, Director, Bureau of Disease Control, Health and Family Planning Commission of Yunnan Province, Mr. Zhou Hongning, Director of Yunnan Institute of Parasitic Diseases and other experts and officials from Country Offices of World Health Organization in Myanmar and China, HPA and other international organizations.

       Officials of both sides agreed that this seminar laid a good foundation for deepening the cooperation of Sino-Burmese public health and promoting malaria prevention and control at the border based on the previous two sessions of the seminar on Sino-Burmese border malaria elimination in the context of Chinas "Belt & Road" strategy. The seminar reviewed the draft of “Action Plan on Malaria Elimination on the Sino-Burmese Border (2016-2030)”. Guided by the thinking of “Same Region Same Strategy” and in response to the weak reporting system in Myanmar, the lack of personnel capacity and the lack of reference laboratory, cooperation in four aspects including information sharing, capacity building, health system promotion and active participation of partners is strengthened to reach a consensus so as to better respond to the Greater Mekong Subregion of multiple drug resistance and malaria control among floating population to speed up the process of eliminating malaria in the region. The participants at the meeting also discussed the improvement of the cross-border cooperation mechanism of Sino-Burmese malaria elimination at the border and the establishment of the Sino-Burmese Malaria Elimination Panel and the Working Group and other matters, and decided to seek the support of both governments to further improve the implementation of the 2018-2019 program, prepare for the detailed work plan, and regularly convene a quarterly meeting about China-Burma border counties. Finally, the 4th Seminar on Sino-Burmese Border Malaria Elimination was decided to be held in April 2018 in Ruili City, Yunnan Province, in which customs and other relevant departments were invited to participate.

       During the seminar, the Chinese delegation visited County Hospital and Rural Health Center in Takone to know the working mechanism of health system and disease prevention and control in Myanmar. As the WHO Collaborating Centre for Tropical Diseases, NIPD hosted the first two seminars and convened this one in coordination with the relevant agencies.

   (Center for Global Health and Department of Malaria)