On May 27 and 28, 2019 , Myanmar, 85 representatives from 60 civil society organizations (CSOs) delivering health services in Tanintharyi Region gathered in Dawei at a forum focused on universal health coverage (UHC) organized by Community Partners International (CPI) in partnership with Pyi Gyi Khin. The forum is part of a nationwide effort by CPI to raise awareness and understanding among health CSOs about UHC, and support their engagement and involvement in delivering a basic essential package of health services to their communities under the National Health Plan, 2017-2021 (NHP).
On March 13, 2019, Community Partners International (CPI) and the Myanmar Health CSOs Network organized an information sharing session with 85 Myanmar parliamentarians in Nay Pyi Taw to refocus attention on, and build momentum for, a national health insurance system to help Myanmar attain universal health coverage (UHC).
Health providers in Myanmar are continuing efforts to contain a nationwide measles outbreak that has infected more than 1,300 people and led to the death of one child. The Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) has launched supplementary immunization campaigns in affected states and regions, but low immunization coverage in many communities across the country poses a significant challenge to measles control.
For children who become infected with measles, vitamin A deficiency due to undernourishment is a recognized risk factor that can lead to severe measles. In Kawkareik Township, Kayin State, Myanmar, the Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW) and the MoHS District Health Department are cooperating to ensure that children under five receive vitamin A supplements to help prevent severe measles in case of infection.
On February 15, 2019, around 50 pregnant and reproductive-age women in the Yangon suburb of South Dagon, Myanmar, gathered to learn about the hepatitis B virus (HBV), including the nature of HBV, transmission pathways, treatment options and prevention. This health education session was part of a pilot study, led by Community Partners International (CPI) in collaboration with the Myanmar Liver Foundation (MLF) and the B. K. Kee Foundation, to develop a workable and effective community-based model to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HBV in low-income peri-urban communities in Myanmar.
On January 7th, 2019, around 200 people gathered at a symposium in Yangon to explore approaches to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Myanmar. The symposium, part of the 47th Myanmar Health Research Congress, was organized by the Department of Medical Research (DMR), the Ministry of Health and Sports (M0HS) and Community Partners International (CPI) to raise awareness of, and engagement with, efforts to achieve health for all in Myanmar.
Despite significant progress in recent years, Myanmar continues to face many challenges to ensure that children thrive. Community Partners International (CPI) is supporting a cooperative initiative between the Government of Myanmar and the Karen Ethnic Health Organizations Consortium to use cash transfers to boost the health of children in the first 1,000 days of life in contested areas of Kayin (Karen) State.
In Myanmar, an estimated 116,800 babies are born premature (before 37 completed weeks of gestation) each year. Among children under five, 21% of deaths are attributed to premature birth complications. A growing body of evidence suggests that kangaroo mother care (KMC), where mothers hold premature babies skin-to-skin to prevent hypothermia and support early breastfeeding, is one of several key ways to help premature babies survive and thrive.
As Myanmar continues to implement challenging reforms in public health and social services, there is a pressing need to develop research expertise and generate the evidence base to guide and inform effective decision-making, service planning and implementation. To highlight the need for and help strengthen qualitative research capacity, Community Partners International (CPI) organized a three-day research training workshop in Nay Pyi Taw from November 6 to 8, 2018, attended by 32 representatives from the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) Health Literacy Promotion Unit (HLPU), the Department of Social Welfare (DSW), PhD students from the University of Public Health (UPH) in Yangon and CPI staff.
On October 20 and 21, 2018, the B. K. Kee Foundation hosted the second Myanmar Liver Symposium in Yangon, Myanmar, in collaboration with the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports, the Myanmar Liver Foundation, Stanford University School of Medicine’s Center for Innovation in Global Health and Community Partners International (CPI). Dr. Thet Khaing Win, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Sports, Dr. Tin Myo Win, Chairman of the Union Peace Commission and U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Scot Marciel gave the welcoming remarks.
As part of an ongoing series of forums throughout Myanmar to raise awareness of and engagement with Universal Health Coverage (UHC) among civil society organizations (CSOs), Pyi Gyi Khin and Community Partners International (CPI) organized a CSO Health Forum in Loikaw, Kayah State, on August 20 and 21, 2018. The forum brought together around 60 representatives of 15 CSOs implementing health care activities in Kayah State, the Director of the Kayah State Health Department and staff from all seven of Kayah State’s Township Health Departments.