What Comes Next?
As the Global Health Team enters their fifth and final year of the PREDICT project, they are sharing data with local communities and making recommendations to reduce risk. Through education and collaboration, they hope that the people of Myanmar will have the resources and desire to continue investigating disease surveillance and prevention long after the Smithsonian team leaves.
The Myanmar government has been a critical partner throughout the project, working directly with the Smithsonian team to conduct field surveillance, train scientists and analyze samples in-country. And more than 500 individuals have already received hands-on training in biosecurity, temperature-controlled supply chain management, personal protective equipment, laboratory analysis, and the safe handling and sampling of various animals since the project began.
This work was funded by USAID PREDICT and, in part, by the Smithsonian's Women's Committee, and the Judy and John McCarter, Jr. Global Health internship. This project is a collaboration with three of Myanmar's government ministries: the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI); the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS); and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC).
It would not be possible without the following collaborators in Myanmar: Department of Medical Research, MOHS; the Livestock, Breeding, and Veterinary Department (LBVD), MOALI; Forestry Department, MONREC; State Health Department, Kayin; Regional Health Department, Yangon; Township Health Department, Hpa-an; Township Health Department, Hmawbi, Taikkyi; LBVD, Kayin State; LBVD, Yangon Region; Forestry Department, Kayin State; Officials from Hlawga National Park, Yangon; Township Administrative Department, Hpa-an; Township Administrative Department, Yangon; and respected community members and volunteers in Hpa-an, Hmawbi and Taikkyi.