With the convening of the National League for Democracy-dominated parliament and the formation of the U Htin Kyaw cabinet– including the appointment of Dr Myint Htwe as the new minister for health – we, along with our conflict-affected communities, are hopeful that there is finally light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.
Like millions of our countrymen and -women, we hope the NLD’s campaign promise of change means a strong repudiation of the centralised policies of successive military and quasi-military governments..…. For more information please visit the link below. http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/19702-community-health-we-care-for-our-own.html
Statement of Burma Health System Reform Seminar
More than ninety delegates from Burma’s ethnic health organizations, border-based community health organizations, medical professionals, academics, lawyers, women and youth organizations, education, environment, and other community-based organizations have held a Seminar on “Health Reform towards a Devolved Health System in Burma” from March 24 to 25 at a location on the border.
The Seminar discussed policies and programs of ethnic health organizations, Burmese government’s health policy and programs as well as humanitarian work involved in the peace process being implemented by the government and ethnic armed groups.
Burma’s health indicators:- among the worst in the world
– Life expectancy is 56 years
– 40% of all Burmese children under the age of 5 are moderately stunted
– Burma has more than 50% of all malaria-related deaths in Southeast Asia
– 70% of the population lives in rural areas, but rural health centers have only increased from 1,337 to 1,565 since 1988
– In Burma, there is one midwife per 20,000 population
Our HISWG partners are also part of the Health Convergence Core Group and therefore fully endorse the 9 principles regarding health programming in Burma:
1. Current health services, which are based on the primary health care approach, must be maintained and expanded.
2. The role and structure of the EHOs must be maintained.
3. Communities and community-based health organizations must be involved in the decision-making process and the implementation of health care services in the Ethnic States.
4. INGOs must cooperate with local CBOs and EHOs by promoting their roles and capacity.
5. Health care programming should not create conflict among the community and between the health care providers.
6. Development of a national health policy and system should be according to the framework of a Federal Union.
7. Health programming and policy should complement and support the federal aspirations of the ethnic peoples throughout the peace process.
8. Any acceptance of health-related humanitarian and development aid must be in line with the existing health infrastructure that has been established by EHOs and CBOs.
9. The implementation of any health activities in ethnic areas should have approval from the local ethnic health organizations.
– HISWG members in 2013 provided primary health care services through a combination of mobile teams and clinics to a target population of 500,000 people.
– HISWG members have a currently active health workforce of over 2600 people
– In 2013, HISWG members treated a total of 187,353 cases in Eastern Burma including
– 23,386 malaria cases
– 21,033 diarrhea cases
– 68,359 cases of acute respiratory infections
The HISWG is a collaboration of seven ethnic health organisations and multi-ethnic community based organisations. They have been working together since 2002 to strengthen the health system Continue Reading
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