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Myanmar

Since 2013, we have worked in these technical areas:

Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Malaria Prevention and Treatment

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Our impact

  • 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.
  • Established five learning and performance centers, thereby institutionalizing in-service capacity-building and continuous professional education at the state and regional levels.
  • Developed a competency-based registration and licensure system for midwifery with the Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Council, using skills test assessments.
  • 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.

Current programs


  • Maternal and Child Survival Program

    The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Global Health’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) focuses on 25 high-priority countries with the ultimate goal of preventing child and maternal deaths. MCSP is introducing and supporting high-impact, sustainable reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) interventions in partnership with ministries of health and other partners. In addition to contributing to high-level technical and policy dialogue at the global level, MCSP provides tailored technical assistance to help countries meet specific priorities and contextual needs of local, sustainable RMNCH programs. For information on what MCSP is doing in this country, visit here: http://www.mcsprogram.org/where-we-work/burma/.

  • Essential Health Project

    This project aims to improve health outcomes by increasing the availability and quality of equitable maternal, newborn and child health 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 Project will dramatically increase access to, equitable utilization of, and effective demand for high-quality health services provided by the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports’ Essential Package of Health Services, in collaboration with 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.

  • Defeat Malaria Activity

    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 better integrate malaria with maternal and child health services at the national policy and community provider levels. Other partners on this project include the American Refugee Committee, UMD-Institute of Global Health, the Myanmar Health Assistant Association and the Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association.

  • Support to Strengthen Management of Human Resources for Health

    The goal of this project, funded by the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund, is to help Myanmar achieve universal coverage of high-quality and equitable health services. This will be accomplished by: 1) strengthening the capacity of relevant departments within the Ministry of Health to maintain, update and utilize human resource information and data to inform forecasting and decision-making about human resource policies; 2) improving the Department of Human Resources for Health (DHRH) and the capacity of relevant organizations (e.g., the Myanmar Medical Council, Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Council, Myanmar Medical Association and Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association) to strengthen quality assurance processes and quality frameworks; 3) strengthening technical capacity of the DHRH and staff from related departments and institutions through short courses and targeted training; and 4) strengthening evidence on management of human resources for health at national, state/region and township levels of the health system.

  • Improving Midwifery for Maternal and Newborn Health Services

    The Three Millennium Development Goal Fund is supporting Jhpiego to assist the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) in its efforts to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in Myanmar by strengthening the midwifery profession. This is being accomplished by measurably increasing the capacity of Myanmar’s midwifery cadre in order to improve the overall quality of services for those in need. By strengthening scalable midwifery education and training systems, Myanmar’s midwives will ensure consistent, competent and safe clinical care for future mothers and newborns. To accomplish this goal, Jhpiego is collaborating with the MOHS to develop a policy and regulatory framework guiding high-quality pre-service education. Jhpiego is supporting improvements in both midwifery education and the midwifery education system by helping schools to update midwifery curricula, perform a task analysis and build the capacity of faculty to deliver skills-based training.

  • Improving Maternal Health in Myanmar: A Scalable Model

    With support from the GE Foundation, Jhpiego is implementing this quality improvement initiative to strengthen maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services at three health facilities in and around Yangon that represent three different levels of the health system: Central Women’s Hospital (national referral hospital), Thanlyin District Hospital and North Dagon Township Hospital. Jhpiego adapted and tested learning resource materials and training approaches to fit the Myanmar context, including: clinical skills standardization for in-service training, clinical teaching skills development and use of master mentor and low-dose, high-frequency approaches to deliver ongoing capacity-building of MNCH providers. This work has led to a wealth of evidence-based, standards-driven processes and tools for strengthening health care, demonstrating the catalytic and value-added effect of public-private partnership between the health ministry, private sector and international nongovernmental organizations.

Current programs

Maternal and Child Survival Program

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Global Health’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) focuses on 25 high-priority countries with the ultimate goal of preventing child and maternal deaths. MCSP is introducing and supporting high-impact, sustainable reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) interventions in partnership with ministries of health and other partners. In addition to contributing to high-level technical and policy dialogue at the global level, MCSP provides tailored technical assistance to help countries meet specific priorities and contextual needs of local, sustainable RMNCH programs. For information on what MCSP is doing in this country, visit here: http://www.mcsprogram.org/where-we-work/burma/.

Essential Health Project

This project aims to improve health outcomes by increasing the availability and quality of equitable maternal, newborn and child health 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 Project will dramatically increase access to, equitable utilization of, and effective demand for high-quality health services provided by the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports’ Essential Package of Health Services, in collaboration with 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.

Defeat Malaria Activity

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 better integrate malaria with maternal and child health services at the national policy and community provider levels. Other partners on this project include the American Refugee Committee, UMD-Institute of Global Health, the Myanmar Health Assistant Association and the Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association.

Support to Strengthen Management of Human Resources for Health

The goal of this project, funded by the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund, is to help Myanmar achieve universal coverage of high-quality and equitable health services. This will be accomplished by: 1) strengthening the capacity of relevant departments within the Ministry of Health to maintain, update and utilize human resource information and data to inform forecasting and decision-making about human resource policies; 2) improving the Department of Human Resources for Health (DHRH) and the capacity of relevant organizations (e.g., the Myanmar Medical Council, Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Council, Myanmar Medical Association and Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association) to strengthen quality assurance processes and quality frameworks; 3) strengthening technical capacity of the DHRH and staff from related departments and institutions through short courses and targeted training; and 4) strengthening evidence on management of human resources for health at national, state/region and township levels of the health system.

Improving Midwifery for Maternal and Newborn Health Services

The Three Millennium Development Goal Fund is supporting Jhpiego to assist the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) in its efforts to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in Myanmar by strengthening the midwifery profession. This is being accomplished by measurably increasing the capacity of Myanmar’s midwifery cadre in order to improve the overall quality of services for those in need. By strengthening scalable midwifery education and training systems, Myanmar’s midwives will ensure consistent, competent and safe clinical care for future mothers and newborns. To accomplish this goal, Jhpiego is collaborating with the MOHS to develop a policy and regulatory framework guiding high-quality pre-service education. Jhpiego is supporting improvements in both midwifery education and the midwifery education system by helping schools to update midwifery curricula, perform a task analysis and build the capacity of faculty to deliver skills-based training.

Improving Maternal Health in Myanmar: A Scalable Model

With support from the GE Foundation, Jhpiego is implementing this quality improvement initiative to strengthen maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services at three health facilities in and around Yangon that represent three different levels of the health system: Central Women’s Hospital (national referral hospital), Thanlyin District Hospital and North Dagon Township Hospital. Jhpiego adapted and tested learning resource materials and training approaches to fit the Myanmar context, including: clinical skills standardization for in-service training, clinical teaching skills development and use of master mentor and low-dose, high-frequency approaches to deliver ongoing capacity-building of MNCH providers. This work has led to a wealth of evidence-based, standards-driven processes and tools for strengthening health care, demonstrating the catalytic and value-added effect of public-private partnership between the health ministry, private sector and international nongovernmental organizations.

Current and recent donors


GE Foundation
Merck for Mothers
Three Millennium Development Goal Fund
United Nations Foundation
USAID

Myanmar-related technical and programmatic resources

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Country contact

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