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Through our field branches — the Global Health Access Program (GHAP) on the Thailand-Burma border and Yangon-based Friends for Health (FFH) — Community Partners International works with local partners to research, write and publish evidence-based artlcles and reports that influence best practices and health policy at the international, national and regional levels. In Issues and Ideas, you’ll find CPI program briefs, insider insights, stories from the field and explanations about Burma / Myanmar.
A new report by Ibis Reproductive Health and Global Health Access Program (GHAP) documents a widespread public health emergency in populations affected by the decades-long conflict in eastern Burma / Myanmar. The consequences include maternal mortality rates that dwarf the rates in Thailand and Burma as a whole, leaving women in eastern Burma with the worst pregnancy outcomes anywhere in Asia. "Separated by Borders, United by Need: An assessment of reproductive health on the Thailand-Burma border" demonstrates little access to family planning resources, including sexual and reproductive health information, a pervasive need for increased access to skilled birth attendants, and high rates of unplanned pregnancy, maternal mortality, and harm from unsafe abortion. . . . Read the full story
"The costs of widespread artemisinin resistance in terms of lives lost and resources used, in Asia and Africa, would be immense," write Frank Smithuis, director of Medical Action Myanmar, and Nick White, professor of tropical medicine at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, in a March 29, 2012 New York Times op-ed, The Place to Head Off Malaria. "Myanmar is the next frontier in the spread of artemisinin resistance, and the likely conduit for its spread west . . .The world cannot afford to lose this battle."