Improving health and nutrition in Myanmar
Myanmar has transitioned towards democracy after decades of social and economic isolation. Years of under-investment in the health care sector left it lagging behind in key indicators of public health and nutrition. However, the new government’s increased focus on the health sector and the recent economic revitalization of the country brings with it opportunities to make up for lost time and improve access to quality health services for all.
PATH is committed to contributing to this health care transformation through strategic partnerships with the government, international and local nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. Active in the country since 2013, PATH brings decades of experience in health innovation to strengthen health systems and services in Myanmar. Our unique contribution is our experience in introducing new technologies appropriate for low-resource environments, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors, and our expertise on a range of public health threats.
Our growing portfolio focuses on the following efforts:
- Nutrition: addressing micronutrient deficiencies through the introduction of fortified rice in Myanmar, improving access to a nutritious staple food for all
- Vaccines and immunization: supporting Myanmar to increase capacity to respond to current threats and possible pandemics, such as Japanese encephalitis
- Reproductive, maternal and child health: improving neonatal care, building capacity in cervical cancer screening and treatment, and improving family planning services
- Malaria: developing new technologies to identify malaria patients who might suffer severe adverse reactions to malaria drugs
- Health systems strengthening: supporting the development of safe health care waste management systems
Moving forward, we will expand this repertoire with projects that leverage PATH’s strengths in health innovation to help people in Myanmar live long and healthy lives.