Myanmar releases national strategic plan on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (2017-2021)
The National Strategic Plan on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in Myanmar (2017-2021) was formally released on 31 August 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw in a dissemination workshop jointly organized by the Ministry of Health and Sports and HelpAge International Myanmar Country Office. The dissemination workshop was attended by around 100 participants from the Ministry of Health and Sports and other relevant ministries, Universities, WHO and other UN Agencies, INGOs, NGOs and Professional Associations.
Dr. Thandar Lwin, Deputy Director General of the Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health and Sports said that development of this strategic plan on prevention and control of NCDs was a milestone and landmark achievement. She said that this national strategic plan document developed with the aim ‘Everyone in Myanmar lives a healthy and productive life- free of avoidable disability and death due to NCDs’ will guide efforts of government and all concerned partners for prevention and control of NCDs efficiently in Myanmar for next five years. She thanked HelpAge International for supporting the Ministry of Health and Sports for developing this plan.
Mr. Gofred Paul, Country Director of HelpAge International congratulated the Ministry of Health and Sports for its leadership and achievement and said that the success of the Ministry of Health and Sports in implementation of this National Strategic Plan will not only improve the well-being of people in the country but it will also make Myanmar economically stronger. He also thanked and appreciated the efforts and contribution of officials from the Ministry of Health and Sports and other ministries, technical consultants, colleagues from HelpAge International, WHO, other UN agencies, Universities, IGOS, NGOs, Professional Associations and individuals who contributed in developing this national strategic plan on prevention and control of NCDs. He also expressed gratitude to the European Union and Age International for their financial support.
Dr. Tej Ram Jat, Programme Manager Public Health, HelpAge International made a presentation on the consultative process followed during last 10 months for development of the strategic plan. The Ministry of Health and Sports took full ownership of the development of the strategic plan through the NCD Unit and HelpAge International supported the full process. The engagement of all concerned ministries, WHO and other UN agencies, Universities, IGOS, NGOs and Professional Associations was ensured. The situation of NCDs in Myanmar was thoroughly analyzed and a series of consultations and smaller meetings were organized to get inputs and feedback from all the concerned stakeholders. This was followed by several rounds of review and feedback from the Department of Public Health and the Ministry of Health and Sports.
Dr. Myint Shwe, Director NCD Unit of Ministry of Health and Sports presented the overview, objectives, strategic components, proposed strategies, monitoring framework and costings of the proposed strategic interventions. The core values adopted in this strategic plan are equity, inclusiveness, accountability, efficiency and sustainability. And, the overarching principles are: geographical representation, primary health care, decentralized planning, systems approach, community engagement, multi-sectoral action, life-course approach, human rights approach, equity based approach, evidence-based strategies, universal health coverage as well as balance between population-based and individual approaches. The strategic plan also provides costings of the proposed strategic interventions and details out the monitoring and evaluation framework for concurrent monitoring of the progress towards implementation of the proposed strategic interventions.
Presentations were followed by discussions wherein the participants discussed about the implantation of this strategic plan and expressed their commitment for ensuring successful implementation of the proposed strategic interventions.