CPI supports research partnerships that bring together community-based and civil society organizations in Myanmar and international academic institutions to generate evidence to guide, assess and inform health care planning, prioritization and program implementation, support advocacy and influence wider policy-making within the national health system. We empower communities to set their own research agenda and lead participatory research initiatives that meet international standards and ethical principles
Community-Oriented Primary Care for Hepatitis B Period: 2016 - Ongoing Donor(s): Tides Foundation, B. K. Kee Foundation CPI is implementing a study to develop and implement a community-oriented primary care (COPC) model for Hepatitis B prevention and treatment for people in the outskirts of Yangon. We use qualitative research to identify barriers to and facilitators of receiving Hepatitis B infection related health services. We are following 100 women and newborns for the first two years of the project as we link them to treatment, and follow up with a community-based screening system to link their household members – who are at higher risk of HepB – to services.
Asia-Pacific Research for Mental Health Services (ASPIRE-MHS) Period: 2017 - Ongoing CPI is working with Johns Hopkins University to identify strategies to bring to scale a trans-diagnostic psychotherapy program for common mental disorders in Myanmar. A prior trial showed that a trans-diagnostic program called the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) is effective in reducing the burden of depressive, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress symptoms among Myanmar people living in Thailand. Institutions throughout Myanmar have expressed significant interest to integrate CETA into their ongoing services. This project uses a quasi-experimental study design, the disrupted time-series approach, to rigorously evaluate the process by which different organizations advance through three implementation phases (1) pre-implementation, (2) implementation, and (3) sustainability as they integrate CETA into ongoing services. In conjunction with Johns Hopkins University, CPI is establishing Research Ethics Training curriculum for Myanmar Researchers.
Participatory Research Initiative (PRI) Period: 2016 - Ongoing Donor(s): Tides Foundation CPI launched this initiative in 2016 to facilitate academic research partnerships focused on key public health issues between Myanmar ECBHOs, CSOs and leading international academic institutions, and to demonstrate and disseminate models for community based participatory research in Myanmar.