October 21, 2017

National forum targets universal health coverage by 2030

Local and foreign CSOs and officials from the health ministry gather at a civil society consultation meeting on health.
Local and foreign CSOs and officials from the health ministry gather at a civil society consultation meeting on health.

A national conference in Nay Pyi Taw later this month will discuss strategies toward implementing universal health coverage in Myanmar by the year 2030, one of its organizers said Monday.
The first-ever Myanmar Health Forum will take place 28-29 at Myanmar International Convention Centre II, Health Ministry permanent secretary Prof Thet Khine Win said.
The forum will highlight the need for huge investments in the health sector, he said, adding it will provide an opportunity for those involved in the sector to have their say.
Experts will share their experience and views on development of the health sector through plenary talks.
Around 700 people from the health ministry and related ministries, international development partners, INGOs, NGOs and civil society organizations, are expected to attend the two-day forum, a health ministry official said.
Local and foreign CSOs are holding a civil society consultation meeting ahead of the forum from 20-22 July in Yangon.
“The results of the meeting will be presented to the health forum,” said Dr Sid Naing of Marie Stopes International, an NGO focused on current health situation in Myanmar.
Dr Theingi Myint, Director of the Maternal and Reproductive Health Unit, Public Health Department, said Myanmar has seen a drop in the number of infectious disease outbreaks, but maternal and child mortality rates remain high.
Myanmar’s infant mortality rate is 62 per 1,000 live births while the mortality rate for children under five is 72 per 1,000 live births according to the 2014 nationwide census. The highest mortality rates are reported in Magway and Ayeyawady regions, as well as Chin State.
“An inadequate number of medical staff is one of the major challenges Myanmar is facing,” Dr Theingi Myint said.

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