WHO urged to review programmes in Myanmar

DSC_0163 72Union Health Minister Dr Myint Htwe has called on the World Health Organization to revamp the budget allocations and to review the monitoring process and evaluation of all activities being carried out in Myanmar using WHO-funding.
“Myanmar calls for the effective and efficient utilisation of WHO’s resource being allocated on the country level and whether we are allocating the resources appropriately in terms of priorities. That is very important for us,” said Dr Myint Htwe at the WHO South-East Asia Region’s annual Region Committee meeting, which is currently meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
He urged the world health body to review in particular the budget allocation for the areas which still need to be strengthened in order to provide momentum to move forward as a country.
He also said that Myanmar is carrying out a holistic review of all the activities carried out by INGOs on the country-level, requesting the WHO’s South East Asia Regional Office to give a helping hand in order to increase the impact of the WHO works in the country.
Following his request at the meeting, Ms Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, pledged that a technical assessment team of SEARO will come back Myanmar to review the country’s programmes.
Myanmar is working to overhaul the country’s health system along with conducting training to improve the quality of staff and medical ethnics.
“WHO itself needs to assess its programmes so that important programmes can get more funding than others,” he said during an interview with the Global New Light of Myanmar.
Asked whether his  request to review the WHO’s programmes is related to the recent measles outbreak in Myanmar, the Union minister said his request is not concerned with the deadly measles outbreak in Naga  Self-Administrative Zone, and he just urged the WHO to reinforce its activities in the country.
Health ministers of WHO South-East Asia Region also reaffirmed their commitment to achieve time-bound targets to control, eliminate and eradicate neglected tropical diseases, which continue to burden marginalised populations.
The Regional Committee is WHO South-East Asia Region’s highest decision-making body, and includes health ministers and senior health ministry officials of the 11 member countries of the Region – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste.

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