Projects

Young People Matter formative study in Myanmar

Myanmar has a large adolescent population.

Burnet’s Young People Matter Program focuses on two key initiatives within the Myanmar Monastic school system: a formative study and a long-term project.

The five-year project that began in 2016 focuses on improving delivery of current state-approved Life Skills Education; engaging with parents and community leaders and working with essential health staff to improve young people’s health.

Burnet’s Country Program Manager for Myanmar, Ms Lia Burns, says there is limited knowledge about adolescent health and experience in the country due to a poor evidence base. However global evidence suggests adolescent health services are fragmented and poorly coordinated.

“The formative study provides evidence of current knowledge and attitudes of teachers, students, parents, health workers and key stakeholders related to adolescent reproductive health and menstrual hygiene management in Monastic schools and the surrounding community,” Ms Burns said.

Almost a third of Myanmar’s population experiences major challenges to their development, including early marriage, unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions, poor nutrition, limited education, sexually transmitted infections and human trafficking of girls and women for sexual exploitation.

Timeline

Five years from 2016

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Lia Burns

Country Program Manager, Myanmar

Telephone

+61392822180

Email

lia.burns@burnet.edu.au