As Myanmar changes, PATH is there
After decades of isolation, political and economic reforms are ushering in new rights and opportunities for Myanmar. The country of 51 million is a place of ancient traditions mixed with rapid change and modernization. Challenges with health care now need to be addressed, from an under-resourced system to unequal access to care.
PATH began working in Myanmar in 2012. Our work there is an extension of our expertise in public-private solutions, technology, and innovation that we have delivered in Southeast Asia since 1980. PATH is well-suited to work in Myanmar because we specialize in building collaborative, locally appropriate solutions that are designed to be self- or government-sustained long after donor funding trends have moved in another direction.
Our work in Myanmar
PATH partners with government, businesses, and civil society organizations to improve nutrition and newborn care, support women’s reproductive health, and strengthen immunization.
Nutrition: PATH’s flagship project in Myanmar is improving nutrition by fortifying rice with essential vitamins and minerals. Working with local partners to manufacture, market, and distribute fortified rice, we are creating a self-sustaining market for a highly nutritious food that helps children grow strong and thrive.
Immunization and vaccines: PATH is helping Myanmar overcome barriers to nationwide immunization of all children. We are also supporting the introduction of new vaccines to protect against diseases such as Japanese encephalitis, a deadly brain infection spread by mosquitoes.
Reproductive health and family planning: PATH protects women from cervical cancer by introducing screening and treatment methods that are affordable and accessible. We also advised government officials on a “total market approach” to family planning, strategically targeting public resources while simultaneously creating a commercial market for contraceptives.
Newborn care: Our work in Myanmar began with a project to reduce infant deaths. We improved the skills of community-based midwives to save vulnerable infants in their first moments of life and increased awareness of and access to emergency care.
From rice paddy to table, we're helping break the cycle of malnutrition
Our goals, work, and impact in Myanmar
An overview of our work in the Mekong, particularly Vietnam and Myanmar