CSIS Press Briefing Eliminating Malaria in Myanmar
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will host a press briefing to discuss the results of an unprecedented effort to reach across political and ethnic divides to eliminate malaria in Myanmar. Convened jointly by the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the Institute for Global Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the conference included senior officials from the Myanmar government, opposition, and minority communities including Myanmar’s office of the President, the Ministry of Health, Myanmar military medical experts, members of Parliament, the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy; and the Shan, Karenni, and Kayin ethnic minorities.
The dialogue also featured entities that actively support malaria elimination in Myanmar. These include the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, the U.S. Pacific Command, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health; the World Bank; the World Health Organization; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance.
A joint conference statement from the participants will be issued during the press briefing.
Dr. J. Stephen Morrison
SVP and Director, CSIS Global Health Policy Center
Dr. Christopher Plowe
Director, Institute for Global Health,
University of Maryland School of Medicine
President, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
From the Government of Myanmar
Dr. Thein Thein Htay
Deputy Minister of Health
Brigadier-General Tin Maung Hlaing
Director of Defence Medical Research Services
From the Opposition
Dr. Tin Myo Win
Senior Health Adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi, National League for Democracy
From Myanmar’s Ethnic Minority Communities
Eh Kalu Shwe Oo
Director of the Kayin Department of Health and Welfare
The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, founded in 1903, is the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health.