Since 2012, Myanmar has made extraordinary gains against malaria. The confirmed number of malaria cases declined by 85% between 2012 and 2018, and the reported number of deaths by 95%. In 2018, only 19 deaths in Myanmar were officially attributed to malaria (1). However, the continued presence of malaria in remote and under-served communities, and the emergence of Myanmar as a hotspot of multidrug resistance, mean that we must guard against complacency. With support from the Access to Health Fund, Community Partners International (CPI) is working closely with community partners and other stakeholders to eliminate pockets of multidrug-resistant malaria through mobile mass screening in 10 prioritized townships in Kayin and Mon States in southeastern Myanmar, as part of an integrated package of health services.
With support from the Access to Health Fund, Community Partners International is working with ethnic and community-based health organizations in Myanmar to improve community health facilities. This initiative is helping to refurbish and equip 16 facilities so that they can deliver a basic essential package of health services to conflict-affected, hard-to-reach and under-served communities.
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.
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.