Projects

Resilient Adolescents and Integrated Life Skills (RAIL) project, Dawei, Myanmar

A RAILS monthly group meeting

This project responded to calls from the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports, and key UN stakeholders, to expand the IMSA design and integrate that approach to address adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in the government schooling system in Dawei, Tanintharyi Region.

The RAILS project is implemented jointly with Burnet Institute Myanmar and Child Fund Myanmar. It is modelling a best practice approach for improving adolescent health and life skills education (LSE) at the school level. The model connects existing and relevant elements of the education and public health sectors with in-school students to address the socio-cultural and systemic barriers that prevent adolescents from accessing quality health services.

A baseline study was conducted to assess the knowledge, attitudes and perception of students, teachers and basic health staff around the SRH/LSE curriculum, and around available adolescent sexual and reproductive health services in Dawei Township.

This design is informed by two other Burnet Institute initiatives in the Magway region of Myanmar. This project has three objectives, namely:

  • Improved SRH education and LSE in the state schooling system from grade five

  • Increased access to health services for young people, provided by school health teams and basic health staff

  • More sensitised environments for schools and students around on-line safety

The project will implemented in ten state schools in Dawei, Tanintharyi Region.

Timeline

  • July 2018 – June2019
  • July 2019 – June 2020

Collaborators

  • Director, School Health Unit, Ministry of Health and Sport, Myanmar
  • Deputy Director, School Health Unit, Ministry of Health and Sport, Myanmar
  • Director General, Basic Education Department, MOE, Myanmar
  • Deputy Director, Department of Educational Research Planning and Training, Ministry of Education

Funding

  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)

Contact Details

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

Doctor Elissa Kennedy

Co-Program Director, Maternal and Child Health; Co-Head Global Adolescent Health

Telephone

+61392822119

Email

elissa.kennedy@burnet.edu.au