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Strengthening the national capacities for diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.


National Health Laboratory in Myanmar

Ministry of Health of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Institut Pasteur

Institut Pasteur International Network

Agence française de Développement


The project intends to reinforce capacity for diagnosis and laboratory surveillance of some infectious diseases that cause SARI. Specifically, the project aims to capacitate the National Health Laboratory in Myanmar for the diagnosis of viral and bacteriological pathogens and apply this improved and strengthened competence to the benefit of individual and public health. This is done by building a network for the diagnosis and surveillance of SARI in two pediatric hospitals in Yangon, meeting operational constraints, and strengthening capacity to detect public health events of international concern (PHEIC) and consequently better match with IHR in Myanmar.

The specific operational objectives of this proof-of concept network for SARI surveillance is to document viral and bacterial pathogens causing SARI in Yangon and to detect any potential emerging/new pathogens or significant outbreaks.

Core of the project:

The project assists the Myanmar National Health Laboratory to reinforce capacities including new equipment and required consumables which are delivered to the National Health Laboratory according to the needs assessment. Trainings, within areas in need, which include laboratory techniques, equipment maintenance and bio-banking, are conducted at IPC and on-site.

ECOMORE also aspires to design a proof-of-concept sentinel surveillance for SARI in Yangon. Our ICU-based sentinel surveillance allows early detection of emerging pathogens or outbreaks related to SARI in two pediatrics hospitals in Yangon. About 600 SARI will be documented in children with samplings to test for 17 viruses, including some that are atypical and all common bacteria causing severe respiratory diseases over a period of 18-24 months. An in-house data manager is also being trained within the IPC Epidemiology & Public Health Unit.


By the end of the project, germs involved in SARI will be more accurately identified, which will result in more appropriate treatments. Sentinel monitoring model will provide an early warning tool for detecting outbreaks or emerging pathogens, while a network for the diagnosis and monitoring of SARI in hospitals’ICUs will support the National Health Laboratory in meeting operational constraints to detect public health events of international concern (PHEIC) and consequently better match with IHR in Myanmar. Ultimately, this study will provide a proof-of-concept initiative to the Ministry of Health to guide the public health policy.

Financial support:

Agence française de Développement

* For more information, please visit the ECOMORE Project website.