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.
The developments in Myanmar have caused us great concern, and we have been working to understand the impact on our staff there and on our work. We are pleased to say that staff members are currently safe and well, and we sincerely hope that you and your colleagues are also safe.
We have established a regular communication with the Myanmar team to track any changes or developments. In the meantime, we anticipate that programmatic activity with Myanmar stakeholders will be postponed. However, where it is possible, background programme activity will continue.
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 After fifty years of neglect under a military dictatorship, the country is facing staff worker shortages and outdated curriculum and equipment.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.
In Myanmar we proudly partner with:
For further information about THET’s work in Myanmar, please contact our Country Programme Coordinator, Kat Brassington