Report Launch: Health in Eastern Myanmar — "The Long Road to Recovery"

February 19, 2015
CPI Partner Saw Eh Kalu Shwee Oo of the Karen Health and Welfare Department at the press conference in Yangon

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The Health Information Systems Working Group, a consortium of CPI partners in eastern Myanmar, today released “The Long Road to Recovery,” a report advocating for structural reform of the national health care system to protect nascent improvements in the region’s health.

“There is no doubt there have been positive changes,” says Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Cynthia Maung, founder of the Mae Tao Clinic and a co-author of the report. “But the people of eastern Burma (Myanmar) continue to face critical health challenges, and an increase in resources and support is desperately needed to scale-up health services to needed levels.”

Based on the most rigorous and large-scale research on health status currently conducted in the country — a survey of more than 6,500 households encompassing a population of more than 450,000 people in conflict-affected eastern Myanmar —  “The Long Road to Recovery” shows that gains in access to key health services and improved health trends remain dependent on the country's still fragile peace and reform process, and additionally, that these gains are threatened by continuing high rates of malnutrition, malaria and mortality, particularly among women and children under age five.

“We have a long way to go in obtaining sustainable peace,” adds Mae Tao Clinic's Dr. Cynthia. “To respond to the health challenges facing eastern Burma we must capitalize on the existing infrastructure built by ethnic and community-based health organizations.”

For more than 15 years, CPI has been a partner in strengthening services in Myanmar, training health workers and helping design, implement and monitor large-scale public health programs in remote, under-served and conflict-affected communities. 

"The Long Road to Recovery" highlights the effectiveness of CPI's approach. For the vast majority of people in eastern Myanmar, official government health facilities remain unavailable or inaccessible: 70% of the survey’s respondents accessed treatment from CPI-supported health programs, and just 8% from government facilities.

"The Long Road to Recovery" in the news:

The Irrawaddy: "Ethnic NGOs Key to Addressing East Burma's Large Health Care Issues"

The Straits Times: "Health Situation on Myanmar Side of Thai Border Still Dire"

Voice of America: "Progress Seen in Building a Healthcare System in Rural Myanmar"

Karen News: "No Quick Fix for an Ailing Health System"

Myanmar Times: "Health stats in eastern Myanmar echo Somalia: report"

Democratic Voice of Burma: "Report Shines Light on Health, Human Rights in E Burma"

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