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 donors agencies as well as international and local NGOs to increase understanding of Myanmar's need for family planning programs and assistance.
Most recently, Pathfinder presented results of an assessment to stakeholders at the Women Deliver conference in May 2013, 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 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.
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.
Demographic expert Dr Tauseef Ahmed, while speaking at a workshop organised by non-government organisations Subh-e-Nau and Pathfinders, said that if we fail to invest in the youth, not only they will be unskilled and uneducated but they will stay unemployed.
Pathfinder International joins Myanmar’s Ministry of Health in hosting the three-day Family Planning Best Practices Conference beginning Monday, June 30, 2014.