Addressing Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs in Myanmar

Sono Aibe, Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at Pathfinder, shakes hands with Director General Soe Lwin Nyein of the Department of Public Health after the signing of a three-year MOU with the Myanmar Ministry of Health.

In May 2015, Pathfinder organized a Family Planning conference in Shan State with UNFPA, modeled after the national conference. Health staff from 21 townships discussed bottlenecks to service delivery and came up with action plans.

In Myanmar, Pathfinder advocates work closely with national and local stakeholders to increase resources and funding for family planning and sexual and reproductive health services.

The Myanmar delegation at the International Family Planning Conference at Addis Ababa in 2013 where the Government of Myanmar announced its FP2020 commitment.

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

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