On March 12, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar, Dr. San San Aye, Director General of the Department of Social Welfare (DoSW), and Dr. Si Thura, Executive Director of Community Partners International (CPI), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) supporting a three-year initiative by CPI to provide Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Gender-based Violence (GBV) prevention and response services to conflict-affected communities in four townships of Kayin State, Myanmar.
More than 280 representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) working in the health sector across all of Myanmar’s States and Regions, Members of Parliament, and representatives from the Ministry of Health and Sports, the Ministry of Social Welfare, donor organizations and international non-governmental organizations gathered in Nay Pyi Taw to participate in Myanmar’s Third Civil Society Forum on February 27 and 28, 2018.
On February, 24, 2018, a third CPI-supported Health Post opened in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to provide lifesaving health services to Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Situated in the Potibonia (Camp 16) area of Cox’s Bazar, and operated by CPI local partner Prottyashi, the Health Post provides facility-based and outreach health services to approximately 6,000 people who live in surrounding neighborhoods.
On February 3, 2018, the six-day Trauma and Emergency Management training workshop held at the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand, successfully drew to a close. The workshop was attended by 33 medics from 15 clinics serving conflict affected, underserved and hard-to-reach communities in southeast Myanmar where access to medical care for traumatic injuries is limited and landmine contamination remains high. This was the 19th consecutive year that this workshop has been held.
On January 24, 2018, representatives from the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) and ethnic and community-based health organizations gathered together at the State Health Department in Loikaw, Myanmar, to mark the Kayah State launch of Community Partners International’s (CPI) Better Health Together (BHT) project.