Bilateral Consultation on the Thailand-Myanmar Partnership on Universal Access to ARV Treatment for Migrants

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This bilateral consultation was part of the South-South Cooperation initiative to promote Universal Health Coverage (UHC), particularly in terms of access to HIV/AIDS continuum of care as a model for other developing countries which are working towards achieving UHC.


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WHEN: November 4 – 5, 2013 WHERE:  The Sukosol Hotel Bangkok

Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA), The Joint UN Initiative on Migration, Healthand HIV in Asia (JUNIMA), and UNDP Thailand, co-organised a bilateral consultation on the Thailand-Myanmar Partnership on Universal Access to ARV Treatment for Migrants. The bilateral consultation was honored by the attendance of Dr. Chanvit Tharathep, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, Dr. Kyaw Khaing, Acting Director of International Health Division, Myanmar, Ms. SuchadaThaibantao, Deputy Director of TICA, and Mr. Luc Stevens, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, along with other notable speakers and guests from both Thailand and Myanmar.

This bilateral consultation was held for 2 full days. The first day focused on updates and presentation about the latest situation on migrants’ health and access to essential health care services. The second day was spent on group works in which participants brainstormed ideas and strategies to ensure the continuum of care for migrants from Myanmar to Thailand.

The outcome of the bilateral consultation was a time-bound road map which covered 4 main areas including 1) capacity of healthcare system 2) capacity of community health system 3) harmonization of treatment, care, and support, and 4) financing for migrants’ access to healthcare services. The implementation of the road map was expected to carry out within the next 18 months with full engagement from participants from both Thailand and Myanmar.

At the closing of the consultation, Dr. Sumet Ongwandee, Director of Bureau of AIDS, TB and STIs, on behalf of Thailand, particularly said "for this meeting, I think we have addressed many key issues that were identified as barriers for both countries in moving forward together or the better health of the migrants. In addition, Dr. Kyaw Khaing, on behalf of Myanmar, thanked all participants for the work on the final road map which would lead to achieving the universal access to ARV treatment for migrants. He also expressed his wish to extend the good relationship between Myanmar and Thailand in the future”.



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