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Myanmar

From the moment a child is born they face innumerable health risks, from pneumonia to diarrhoea. In the UK these are largely prevented but in Myanmar, where children live shorter lives than anywhere else in Southeast Asia, this is not the case.

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In Myanmar

50/1,000

children under 5 die every year. 2/3 of these are preventable.

Since 2014, we have been working to change this, supporting a partnership between the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Myanmar Paediatric Society.

Despite the chronic need for improved child and newborn services, Myanmar’s health system’s struggles reach far beyond paediatrics. After fifty years of neglect under a military dictatorship, the country is facing staff worker shortages and outdated curriculum and equipment.

Through our office in Yangon which opened in early 2017 we are working closely with the Ministry of Health and Sports and other local health institutions to support the strengthening of health systems in Myanmar.

Over the last three years, we have supported two further health partnerships in Myanmar, between the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Medicine 1, and Addenbrooke’s Abroad (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and Yangon General Hospital.

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In Myanmar we proudly partner with:

  • Ministry of Health and Sports,
  • Health Education England,
  • Yangon General Hospital,
  • University of Medicine 1,
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health,
  • Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh,
  • Addenbrooke’s Abroad (Cambridge University Hospital NHS FT),
  • Imperial College,
  • Royal College of GPs,
  • Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy,
  • Royal College of Physicians.

Current Project:

AIM: To develop an improved and more strategic relationship between health institutions in Myanmar and the UK.

By March 2018 we aim to have:

  • Enabled a new agreement between the Ministry of Health and Sports and Health Education England
  • Aligned health partnership work more closely with the priorities of the Ministry of Health and Sports
  • Improved the capacity of health partnerships through the provision of technical support
  • Engaged with Burmese diaspora living in the UK with a view to enhancing their contributions to the development of the Myanmar health system.

 

For further information about THET’s work in Myanmar, please contact our Country Coordinator, Laura Macpherson.