Dr. Min Than Nyunt, Director-General, Department of Health, Ministry of Health, Myanmar and Burnet's Myanmar Country Representative, Dr Phone Myint Win sign the MoU
In a major boost for our public health and research programs in Myanmar, Burnet has been granted access to work across all 14 regions for the first time.
Burnet Myanmar has signed a four-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Myanmar Ministry of Health.
Myanmar Country Representative, Dr Phone Myint Win said the MoU would enable the Burnet Myanmar team to broaden its public health thematic areas to include additional infectious diseases affecting the local population.
“We have previously worked to address public health issues such as HIV, maternal, newborn and child health, and water, sanitation and hygiene promotion. This extended MoU gives us scope to develop programs addressing tuberculosis, malaria and school health along with existing thematic areas,” Dr Phone said.
“It’s very pleasing that we can extend the reach of our programs across 83 townships in all 14 regions and states, a large increase in our previous MoU which included 17 townships across 8 regions and states.”
Burnet Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb said the re-signing of an MoU with the Ministry of Health was a very positive outcome for future research activities.
“This MoU opens up opportunities for us to undertake public health research independent of a project,” Professor Crabb said.
“Burnet has been actively involved in health programs in Myanmar for more than a decade and it is testament to the outstanding abilities and efforts of our staff on the ground that we continue to make a positive impact.”
Research will be conducted in collaboration with the Myanmar Department of Medical Research, National Programs (of disease control, MNCH and School health), the Public Health University, Department of Health and other government approved research agencies and local partners.
Burnet will also expand its implementation approach from capacity building of local organisations to local capacity building, direct service provision to communities, and support to the Myanmar Department of Health.
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