Bridging the Gap: Ethnic Health Organizations Present Plans of Action to Contribute to Health for All in Myanmar
On Wednesday January 22, 2019, more than 80 representatives from the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS), international governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and ethnic health organizations (EHOs) gathered in Yangon to witness five EHOs present their Plans of Action up to 2021 for developing their service readiness to deliver a Basic Essential Package of Health Services (BEPHS). The seminar, entitled “Health Systems Updates in the Ethnic Areas of Myanmar” showcased the key role and future potential of these EHOs in supporting Myanmar’s aspiration to attain universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030.
Dr. Si Thura, Executive Director of Community Partners International, reviews progress towards universal health coverage in Myanmar and identifies the key actions required to build the momentum needed to reach this goal.
In this period of reform, Myanmar has an unprecedented opportunity to achieve historic gains in advancing health for all. On Universal Health Coverage Day, I urge all of us who are involved in this cause to renew our efforts, and push forward progress so that we can reach every person with affordable, quality health care.
World AIDS Day: “I visit patients’ houses secretly to look after them when they are too ill to go to hospital.”
Thiri, 37, found out that she was HIV positive during a routine checkup while pregnant in 2013. She was afraid and alone. “I was so scared that others would find out that I had HIV so I didn’t leave the house for a long time. I couldn’t tell my parents.”
In Myanmar, violence against women and girls is a silent emergency. It takes many forms: domestic and intimate partner violence perpetrated within families; unwanted touching and sexual harassment on public transport; and violence occurring in conflict zones where women are particularly vulnerable. In a national survey carried out in 2015 and 2016, one in seven women in Myanmar reported that they had experienced violence since the age of 15. The real number is likely to be many more.
Community Partners International (CPI) is supporting efforts to end tuberculosis (TB) in Myanmar by promoting access to TB testing and treatment for conflict-affected, hard-to-reach and underserved populations. A crucial element of success in reaching these populations is to ensure strong cooperation between the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) and the ethnic and community-based organizations that provide the first line of health services in these contexts.