Myanmar Mental Health Society hosted their 3rd Mental Health Conference in Yangon, 29-30 November 2014. Asia Australia Mental Health’s Professor Chee Ng joined international speakers including China’s Ma Hong, and Thailand’s Amporn Benjaponpitak in this prestigious mental health scientific meeting.
Myanmar is the largest country strategically located in mainland South-East Asia, with many neighbours- sharing a border with the People’s Republic of China, on the east and south-east by the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Kingdom of Thailand, on the west and south by the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, and on the west by the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Republic of India.
Myanmar has a population of 50,495,672 (UNO, 2009), and neuropsychiatric disorders have been estimated to contribute to 9.2% of the global burden of disease (WHO, 2008). This scientific meeting is therefore addressing a public health priority area, and the scheduled presentations cover the wide range of mental health challenges, opportunities, trends and issues currently facing communities in Myanmar and abroad.