Myanmar has suffered from years of military rule and isolation, but is now on the road to democratization and active global engagement. The new government is committed to lifting the rural population out of poverty and offering universal health access.

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

In Myanmar, Pathfinder engages key stakeholders and mobilizes resources to remove barriers women face in accessing contraception.

Why pathfinder works in Myanmar

Pathfinder International has a historical commitment to Myanmar, having played a major part in the formation of the Family Planning Association of Myanmar (then Burma) in 1960. Today, Pathfinder advocates for increased resources for funding for family planning and sexual and reproductive health services in Myanmar. Pathfinder also works closely with national and local stakeholders to improve the policy environment, increasing support for family planning programs.

Myanmar faces a high rate of maternal mortality and hopes to achieve an ambitious goal of lowering that rate from 240 per 100,000 live births to 105 per 100,000 live births by 2015 as a part of its Millennium Development Goals. Many maternal deaths still occur in rural areas, where women are less likely to give birth in a health facility or receive assistance from a skilled health provider. Poverty, unsafe abortion, rough terrain, and a shortage of midwives are also major contributors to maternal deaths. 1 in 5 women in Myanmar are unable to access contraception to delay, time, and space their pregnancies, representing a tremendous unmet need.

Pathfinder's approach

Recognizing Myanmar's need for quality sexual and reproductive health services, Pathfinder continues to explore, identify, and advocate avenues for increasing access to family planning. Pathfinder has worked closely with key stakeholders such the national Ministry of Health, multilateral agencies such as UNFPA and WHO, and international NGOs to increase understanding of Myanmar's need for family planning programs and assistance.

For the past three years, Pathfinder has received funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to support efforts to scale up best global practices in family planning and related reproductive health services. In July 2014, we supported the organization of a Family Planning Best Practices Conference in Naypyitaw with the Myanmar government, which will be followed by a series of workshops at the state levels to reach more townships with state-of-the-art technical information and instructional materials, and to provide opportunities for township health staff to share ongoing effective practices and innovations. The work continues in close collaboration with the Department of Health, with advice and support of local and international NGO partners and donor agencies.


Our Projects

Family Planning in Myanmar

Addressing Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs in Myanmar

Maternal & Newborn Health Advocacy Contraception & Family Planning

Pathfinder continues to explore, identify, and advocate for increasing attention and funding for sexual and reproductive health programs in Myanmar.

Related Publications

March 2014

Cue Cards for Counseling Adolescents on Contraception - Myanmar (Multiple Languages)

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.

Related News

Conference shines spotlight on family planning in Myanmar

Family Planning Conference
Pathfinder International joins Myanmar’s Ministry of Health in hosting the three-day Family Planning Best Practices Conference beginning Monday, June 30, 2014.

Pathfinder International Celebrates New Commitments to Family Planning

Photo of family planning services in Burundi
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.
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