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.
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 under-served 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.
On October 23 and 24, 2019, more than 300 delegates from civil society organizations (CSOs) nationwide gathered in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, at the Fourth National Forum of Myanmar Health Civil Society organized by Pyi Gyi Khin (PGK) with support from Community Partners International (CPI). They were joined by more than 80 representatives from international and national non-government organizations, donor agencies, and the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS). At the forum, delegates explored the role and progress of health CSOs in supporting the attainment of universal health coverage (UHC) in Myanmar. In addition, CPI unveiled a new mobile application to support the development of the Health CSOs Network in Myanmar.