A delegate from the WHO at the Myanmar TB Symposium

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Myanmar DR-TB Symposium on the 22nd and 23rd of August. The event was considered an effective intervention toward sharing experience in TB and HIV/TB treatment in order to promote better implementation, local policy change, and Research & Development opportunities for effective practice.

We have high hopes for the future of DR-TB treatment in Myanmar and are very grateful to everyone who helped to pull it together.

We would like to thank the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Myanmar  and the World Health Organization  (WHO) for their collaboration on the agenda and general organisation.

We would also like to thank Lucica Duitu, Execuitive Secretary for the Stop TB Partnership Project, for taking the time to pre-record her keynote speech in light of her absence, and MSF International President Dr Unni Karunakara, who gave the opening speech to the symposium.

Myanmar TB Symposium Agenda

  • Click on the image to the right to download the symposium agenda.

Tackling DR-TB

The symposium succeeded in drawing together leading experts from across Myanmar and other high-burden TB countries in the region, along with international leaders in the field in order to share their knowledge and experience in tackling DR-TB.

The symposium was conducted over two days; day one set out a contextual overview as well as highlighting different approaches to caring for patients with TB and HIV both within Myanmar and from elsewhere in the region.

Day two focused on specific points of attention in the acceleration of DR-TB treatment toward universal access: from needs of particular populations to current innovations for rapid diagnostics and effective treatments regimens as well as resources to meet the needs in Myanmar.

Full presentations can be found here.

In the evening of day one MSF launched a multimedia exhibition, displaying George Butler’s sketches of three patients from our Yangon clinics.

MSF also took the opportunity to launch Myanmar’s first TB&ME blogger, Ko Min Naing Oo. Read his blog to find out more about his struggle with DR-TB.

We are delighted to have shared regional and global experience of treating DR-TB and TB/HIV co-infection and sincerely hope that this event will increase collaboration between different implementing partners in the country and region and stimulate best practice and policy for DR-TB.


For media queries please contact

Eddy McCall (Myanmar), Communications Manager, Myanmar, MSF
Mobile: (+95) (0) 942 027 6805
Email: myanmar-communications@oca.msf.org

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