Health Policy and systems research workshop organized at University of Public Health, Yangon
A training workshop was organized in the University of Public Health, Yangon for faculty and researchers from University of Public Health and other medical universities from Myanmar along with officials from Department of Medical Research and Department of Public Health on Health Policy and Systems Research. The workshop was jointly facilitated by Dr. Mrigesh Bhatia from London School of Economics and Dr. Tej Ram Jat from HelpAge International. Prof. Khay Mar Mya, Rector of the University of Public Health delivered the opening speech and welcomed the facilitators and participants. Highlighting the importance of health policy and systems research she said that this workshop will help in improving knowledge and skills of the participants in the areas related to health policy and systems research. The participant were oriented on the topics of historical background of health policy and health systems, introduction to health planning and priority setting, overview of health sector reforms in developing countries, health policy and systems research and its importance, key steps and methodologies in conducting health policy and systems research.
Group exercises and hands-on practice sessions were conducted on identifying priority research areas and questions in Myanmar using small group work and nominal group technique. SWOT analysis was also conducted to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for health policy and systems research in Myanmar. Strategies for strengthening capacities on health policy and systems research in Myanmar were also discussed. The workshop was jointly sponsored by the World Health Organization and HelpAge International under European Union supported public health capacity building programme.