The Health Promotion Unit of the Department of Public Health under the Ministry of Health and Sports received the Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health at the WHO Headquarters, Geneva, during the 72nd session of the World Health Assembly on 24 May.
The prize was awarded in recognition of the department’s Community Health Clinics and its contribution to public health, including providing diabetes treatment and healthcare to aged people in rural areas, where about 70 per cent of the country’s population resides.
The Community Health Clinics for non-communicable diseases launched in 2018 and the community health clinic model cover 560 out of the 1,849 rural healthcare clinics nationwide. Mobile health clinics staffed by local health professionals, who live and deliver services within their communities, offer services not only at rural health centres, but also in hard-to-reach areas.
The Health Promotion Unit received the 2019 Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health for their achievements, and shared the US$50,000 prize with India’s team.
The prize was accepted by Dr. Than Lwin Tun, the Director of the department, Deputy Director Dr. Nan Naing Naing Shein, and Dr. Nyein Aye Tun.
The awards ceremony was also attended by Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe and senior officials of the ministry.—MNA
(Translated by Tun Tun Naing)by Tun Tun Naing))