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 Sunday, February 25, 2018, USAID announced the launch of a two-year, $10 million HIV/AIDS project at a ceremony organized by Community Partners International (CPI) in Yangon, Myanmar. The USAID HIV/AIDS Flagship (UHF) Project aims to scale up HIV prevention, testing and treatment services utilizing NGO and private sector health providers for people living with HIV and key populations: people who inject drugs (PWID), female sex workers (FSW), and men who have sex with men (MSM) including transgender people (TG).
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, under-served 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.