Since 2013, helping to protect the health of women, babies and the most vulnerable.

  • With the Ministry of Health and Sports, developed a strategy for the first-ever nationwide training of thousands of providers in basic emergency obstetric and newborn care, including a standardized learning resource package that has already been used to train more than 250 master mentors.
  • Enhanced contraceptive choices for women in Myanmar through national-level adoption and use of a standardized contraceptive implant learning resource package and development of a pool of master mentors on long-acting and reversible contraception.
  • Introduced first-ever accreditation systems for basic medical education and nursing and midwifery education programs for assuring quality of health professions, in collaboration with Myanmar Medical Council and Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Council.
  • With the Ministry of Health and Sports, developed national standards and tools to standardize and improve the quality of maternal health care at hospital and health center levels, and implemented quality improvement approaches in health facilities at the township level and below to improve the quality of care for the most vulnerable families in rural communities.

Our Work in Myanmar

This project aims to improve health outcomes by increasing the availability and quality of equitable maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and tuberculosis services for the poor and most vulnerable populations, who in turn demand high-quality services. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Essential Health Services Project will dramatically increase access to, equitable utilization of, and effective demand for high-quality MNCH services, in collaboration with the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports, the private sector, civil society and ethnic health organizations. Townships will be prepared to work with communities to effectively steward the health care system at township levels and below, ensuring a pro-poor focus.

The goal of this project, led by URC and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is the prevention and control of malaria. The project works with Myanmar’s National Malaria Control Program and various government and nongovernmental organizations to support policies that enable the development and implementation of malaria prevention and control models at the community level. Jhpiego is working to improve the capacity of service providers including basic health staff and community volunteers to better integrate malaria with maternal and child health services. Other partners on this project include the American Refugee Committee, Duke University, Myanmar Health Assistant Association and Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association.

With support from the Access to Health Fund managed by the United Nations Office for Project Services, Jhpiego is continuing to provide high-quality technical assistance to the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS), while fully empowering the MOHS to own, lead and use human resources for health (HRH) data, analysis and systems. Jhpiego is supporting the MOHS in the following four ways, which together will build a responsive, strong and effective national HRH management system: 1) strengthen governance for HRH; 2) support and strengthen capacities of MOHS (HRH focal group) to develop HRH forecasting models; 3) conduct HRH forecasting by using HRH forecasting models, including supply-based and demand-based HRH forecasting models; and 4) enhance the usage of HRH data for decision-making. This investment will position HRH to feed data and priorities into the annual operating plans and the next National Health Plan and HRH Strategic Plan, both ending in 2021. Overall, this project aims to build a more responsive national HRH system that will help the MOHS to distribute the health workforce to create more equitable access to quality health services for communities across Myanmar.

Building on the success of Jhpiego’s 3MDG-funded work, the Access to Health Fund managed by the United Nations Office for Project Services is supporting Jhpiego to strengthen nursing and midwifery pre-service education (PSE) to support implementation of a newly revised integrated midwifery curriculum, establish a midwifery question bank and strengthen preceptorship systems. Moreover, Jhpiego works closely with regulatory bodies for assuring the quality of health professional education by supporting regulatory bodies to establish accreditation systems for Myanmar. This project is focusing on four targeted areas and implementing interventions where strategic investment can produce significant results by 2020. Under this project, Jhpiego is: 1) institutionalizing changes in midwifery PSE so that graduating midwives are skilled and competent (i.e., job ready, fit for service); 2) rapidly preparing selected midwifery schools to deliver nursing PSE to mitigate the nursing shortage; and 3) supporting the Myanmar Medical Council and Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Council to begin the accreditation process with up to 59 PSE institutions, using the very first accreditation systems for health professional education programs.

Under an initiative funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Jhpiego, in partnership with WaterAid, is working to improve the health, gender equality and wellbeing of communities in Myanmar through inclusive, sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities. In particular, this project promotes safer births as a result of improved WASH and infection prevention and control measures. The project supports improvements in township hospitals in Myanaung, Kyangin, Pantanaw, Zalun and Laymyethna in Ayeyarwady Region to improve the quality and safety of health care at the time of birth, including hygiene behaviors and practices, and gender and socially inclusive WASH facilities.

In 2019, Chevron initiated a new social investment project with Jhpiego in support of the Ministry of Health and Sports’ efforts to expand Learning and Performance Improvement Centers (L&PICs) to remote and rural areas of Myanmar. This initiative aims to improve health worker capacity by adapting the proven L&PIC model, which is a competency-based training platform using master trainers and simulation models in a skills lab to support in-service capacity building. Two Learning and Performance and Improvement corners, which are smaller versions of L&PICs more suitable for rural clinical sites, will be opened at health facilities in rural areas of Southern Rakhine State to support the development of health worker skills. In addition, mobile skills stations will be tested that can be relocated to provide on‐site skills practice and skills assessment to providers in multiple remote areas. When implemented, the two Learning and Performance and Improvement corners and mobile skills stations can provide onsite skills practice and skills assessment to doctors, nurses, midwives and other basic health staff in rural and remote areas.

Country Contact

Leah Thayer, Country Director
Tel. 95 (9) 452262078/9
No.118/A Kokkai Yeik Tha Street
Bahan Township
Yangon, Myanmar

Current and Recent Donors

Access to Health Fund

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Chevron

Family Planning 2020

GE Foundation

Merck for Mothers

Three Millennium Development Goal Fund

United Nations Foundation

USAID