August 19, 2016

Myanmar-Korea Joint Symposium on Hepatitis, Malaria and Tuberculosis held

THE Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) held a Myanmar-Korea Joint Symposium on Hepatitis, Malaria and Tuberculosis at the Department of Medical Research (DMR) in Yangon yesterday in order to promote international research cooperation to control communicable diseases across the country.
KOICA has implemented the project of ‘Reinforcement of Research Ability for Communicable Diseases in AMRC at DMR (LM) in Myanmar’ from 2014 to 2015.
Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital has been supporting the project by participating in KOICA’s university partnership project, a part of the Public Private Relationship program.
The symposium was planned by both Korea and Myanmar researchers to monitor current research progress of hepatitis, malaria and tuberculosis, and share those processes with KOICA’s project. Mr. Chang Chul-hun, Professor of Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital said, “Myanmar has requested the bringing of international interest and support since 70% of the Myanma people reside in Malaria outbreak areas and more than 70% of newborns are exposed to hapatitis B.” He also mentioned, “This project will help Myanmar to overcome communicable diseases and to strengthen the relationship between Korea and Myanmar.”
Dr. Kyaw Zin Thant, Director General of DMR, Dr. Myat Phone Kyaw, Deputy Director General of DMR and Mr. Cho Sung-Hoon, Resident Representative of KOICA Myanmar Office as well as lesser officials attended the meeting.— GNLM


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