Addressing Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs in Myanmar
With funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Pathfinder continues to explore, identify, and advocate avenues for increasing access to contraceptives and other reproductive health services in Myanmar.
Pathfinder has worked closely key stakeholders such the national Ministry of Health, multilateral agencies such as UNFPA, and bilateral donor agencies as well as international and local NGOs to increase understanding of Myanmar's need for family planning programs and assistance.
In May 2013, Pathfinder presented results of an assessment to stakeholders at the Women Deliver conference, which examined gaps in donor and national budget support for family planning and reproductive health, and Myanmar's successes to date to meet maternal and child health goals.
In June of 2014, Pathfinder teamed up with local partners to organize the Best Practices Conference in the capital Naypyitaw to foster greater exchange of information across townships on existing good project models and adequate budgeting to further scale up those models. Read the news story here.
In May 2015, Pathfinder continued its work on increased access to family planning in Myanmar by organizing the Southern Shan State Family Planning Conference to support Myanmar's commitment towards the global FP2020 movement. In partnership with the Ministry of Health, UNFPA, and Myanmar Partners in Policy and Research, and with continuing support from the Packard Foundation, this state level conference brought together 120 participants to discuss solutions to current roadblocks for family planning, including national and state health officials and frontline health staff from all 21 townships alongside international and local technical assistance partners such as PSI, MSI, and Ob/Gyn specialists. Read the full report in English here, or summary report in Myanmar language here.
The set of cue cards is designed to help a range of community- and facility-based providers to counsel adolescents and young people on their contraceptive options.
Supported by Pathfinder International, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Packard Foundation, the Health of the People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin initiative, or HoPE-LVB, has employed the PHE model to address food insecurity, weak health infrastructure, environmental degradation, high maternal and infant mortality, and inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene.
The political landscape in Myanmar is undergoing a big change. Together with other positive developments discussed ahead, this presents a favorable political environment to push for health reforms and create a foundation to advance quality and rights issues in reproductive health.