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.
The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative is increasing its advocacy efforts in India this year, expanding into a new state and pursuing national-level advocacy through the private sector. The India offices of Jhpiego and Pathfinder International will join as AFP’s local partners to support this expansion, which results from a recent supplement award.
The Road To 2030: Keeping Reproductive Health Supplies in Myanmar’s Universal Health Coverage Scheme
Preparations for universal health coverage are progressing steadily in Myanmar. Reproductive health supplies, including contraceptives, are already a priority for the government.