Saturday, April 1, 2017

A great step forward for access to healthcare in Myanmar

Yesterday, Myanmar took one big step forward on the path to achieving universal health coverage when State Counsellor Daw Aung Sung Su Kyi launched its new National Health Plan 2017-21. This is the first, medium-term NHP of the democratically-elected government. What I was most excited to see was the vision of guaranteeing an Essential Package of Health Services to the entire population of Myanmar by 2030, moving the country on the path toward universal health coverage. It focuses not just on disease priorities but also on health inequities – a key challenge globally. The Plan also puts primary health care investments at its core – improving service delivery, infrastructure, health workforce and financing. Importantly, the Plan was drafted through a consultative... Read More