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 2014, Pathfinder will work with local partners to organize a 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.
In the Lake Victoria Basin, growing populations, shrinking resource bases, and persistent human health concerns demonstrate the need for integrated development approaches that combine population, health, and environmental (PHE) interventions.
At this week's International Conference on Family Planning, the global health community celebrates progress toward the FP2020 commitments made at the London Summit on Family Planning and the announcement of five new national family planning commitments.