UK’s International Development Committee visits Myanmar

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05 Dec 2013

Last week, Marie Stopes International Myanmar was proud to host a visit from the UK’s International Development Committee (IDC).

Since 2010 there have been remarkable changes in Myanmar and the UK Government sees these changes as a great opportunity to transform the lives of the people who live there. The IDC was visiting Myanmar to inform their new inquiry that will assess how the UK can promote positive change, particularly focusing on the sectors that currently receive UK aid support including health, wealth creation and governance. 

The visit gave the committee a first-hand understanding of some of the successes and challenges we face in providing access to reproductive health and rights in a transitioning state, and how UK aid’s focus on health in Myanmar is making a real difference to the lives of some of poorest people.

The delegation, including Pauline Latham MP and Michael McCann MP, was shown around our clinic in Mandalay. The group were particularly impressed by the strategies used to ensure that our services our easy to access for young people, such as confidential drop-in services. They met with sex workers, men who have sex with men and youth groups to discuss their challenges and the benefits of integrated services - including contraception, HIV testing and care, cervical cancer screening and referrals in cases of gender violence. 

Sid Naing, our country director in Myanmar said:

Supporting healthcare in Myanmar is one of the most effective ways that UK aid can save lives and create long lasting change in this country. We are delighted that the IDC are holding this vital inquiry and that they were able to meet our clients and see our work.

Read the story of 16 year old Mi Aye who lives in Poner Su, a squatters’ quarter in Bago, Myanmar. Married at 13, she had her first child at 14. She tells how a visit from a Marie Stopes health worker has allowed her to take control of her future.

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