The Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (the APO) publishes the Myanmar Health Systems in Transition Policy Notes Series outlines the challenges facing Myanmar in meeting the goal of achieving universal health coverage by 2030 and ways these can be tackled. The set of 4 Policy Notes series draws from the Myanmar Health System in Transition review of 2014.
The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar’s goal of achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030 is beset with several challenges. To outline these challenges and to advise how these can be tackled, the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (the APO) has released the Myanmar Health Systems in Transition Policy Notes Series.
The concise 4 part series draws evidence from the Myanmar Health Systems in Transition review, which was released in 2014. The Notes delve into the key challenges facing Myanmar in its progress towards achieving UHC, and set out recommendations on how health equity can be improved in Myanmar, how township health systems can be strengthened to provide primary health care and how financial risk protection can be improved in Myanmar.
The introductory Policy Note “What are the key challenges facing Myanmar in its progress towards ...” provides an overview of the challenges to be overcome in making progress towards UHC and sets recommendations on how they can be tackled. The Policy Note recommends increasing financial investment in health as a cornerstone of people-centred development, creating partnerships and governance mechanisms needed to ensure that better health is an outcome of policies and programmes in all sectors, and strengthening the township health system with a new focus on equity and efficiency.
The 2nd in the series “How can health equity be improved in Myanmar?” explores the extent and dimensions of health inequity in Myanmar and advises on what needs to be done. The Policy Note recommends addressing the root causes of health inequity and using an “equity lens” in assessing the impact of policies in all sectors as solutions cannot depend on the health sector alone.
The 3rd in the series “How can the township health system be strengthened in Myanmar?” underscores the importance of township health system in achieving the UHC goal, and the need to strengthen it in both rural and urban areas. It recommends declaring a decade for township health system strengthening and agreeing on an agenda for township health system strengthening development.
The last in the series “How can financial risk protection be expanded in Myanmar?” highlights the daunting challenges of providing financial protection for health needs to the whole population and recommends actions that could collectively lead to significant progress. It recommends raising overall tax revenues, investing more public money for health, exploring other sources for health financing, ensuring financial risk protection for the poor and those in the informal sector, learning from national experience and using existing resources more effectively and efficiently.
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