This week, Marie Stopes International Myanmar was delighted to host a visit from the UK’s Minister of State for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Desmond Swayne.
Mr Swayne was accompanied by the head of DFID in Myanmar and local journalists, who were given an overview of MSI Myanmar’s work and a tour of our Shwe Pyi Thar centre by Country Director, Dr. Sid Naing.
Mr Swayne was introduced to the services available at the centre and shown how they link up with government facilities. He also heard about the communities that the centre serves, the impact of its services and how the team maintain service quality.
The Minister showed a particular interest in the economic status of the women accessing services and had the chance to speak to a group of pregnant women, who reiterated the value of affordable sexual and reproductive health services.
Speaking to The Irrawaddy, Mr Swayne said of the Shwe Pyi Thar centre:
“It’s a very impressive setup. I’m very interested to see that it’s a free service and that there are satisfied customers.
Certainly our intention is to see an extension of healthcare services available to a large element of the population.”
The visit coincided with the 10th anniversary of DFID’s support to Myanmar, and Mr Swayne stated that the UK planned to increase its support to the country from £62 million to £84 million per year.