November 13, 2016

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MMA-ObGyn Society/MMA, MNMA affirm Joint Statement on Collaborative Practice

maximum coordinative and collaborative efforts between MMA, ObGyn Society/MMA and MNMA are aimed at improving maternal and neonatal health in Myanmar.
maximum coordinative and collaborative efforts between MMA, ObGyn Society/MMA and MNMA are aimed at improving maternal and neonatal health in Myanmar.

The Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Myanmar Medical Association – (ObGyn Society/ MMA) and Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association (MNMA) signed the joint statement on Friday, affirming maximum coordinative and collaborative efforts.
In the opening remark, Dr. Tin Tin Lay, Director-General, Department of Health Professional Resource Development and Management, Ministry of Health and Sports, said “With particular regards to in-service capacity building and continuous professional education (CPE) for midwives, the role of the Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Myanmar Medical Association and Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association are playing in critical role as in other countries where these associations are working closely to make policy advocacy and to work with Ministry of Health and Sports to improve the skills and competencies of midwives”.
In the introductory remarks, Dr. Mya Thida, the president of ObGyn Society/MMA, said, “Midwifery services play the most important role in reducing maternal and perinatal death in Myanmar. As we all know that maternal mortality and infant deaths are still high in our country according to 2014 census. In order to improve maternal and neonatal health is unfinished agenda and we need to meet the target of sustainable development goals in 2030”.
Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society was established in February 1964 under Myanmar Medical Association. Now it has active members of 350 and the society has involved in midwifery care and Reproductive Health care of Myanmar in many aspects in collaboration with MOHS, NGOs, INGOs, UN Agencies and other partners including Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association (MNMA).
Professor Daw Yin Mya, the president of MNMA, said “Working closely in collaboration with government and non-governmental agencies will strengthen readiness and response for any kind of public health emergencies at all levels as well as social activities on midwifery services” in the introductory remark.
The Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association (MNMA) is one of the largest local NGOs in Myanmar and has a diverse range of experience on maternal and child health services in Myanmar such as Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), Food Security Project, Child Protection and Nutrition Support for children Sexual and Reproductive Health programme providing training for pre-service midwives on maternal, new born, and child health.
The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), supported by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), facilitates the process of Joint Statement on Collaborative Practice and a call to actions between Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, Myanmar Medical Association (MMA/ObGyn Society) and Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association (MNMA).
This purpose of the joint statement is to record a commitment of collaboration between the two professional associations to build the capacity of midwives and advocate for improved standards of care.

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