The Myanmar health sector has faced enormous challenges and pressures since the military coup in February 2021. Health services from public health hospitals have been disrupted. Many development assistance programmes and health projects of international organisations have been halted. As a result of the uncertain political situation, the Cambridge Yangon Trauma Intervention Partnership (CYTIP) that has been running since 2013 also has had to cease activities.
To respond health service disruption and immediate need of patients, Cambridge Global Health Partnerships (CGHP) has provided financial and technical assistance to the telemedicine project so called, Tele Kyanmar Project in Myanmar since August 2021.
Additionally, CGHP has created teaching and clinical management video clips. These are short and social media friendly so can be watched by health care professionals in Myanmar. This video tutorial project is in partnership with Royal College of Paediatrician and Child Health (RCPCH). Both programmes are funded by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET).
Inspired by Dr Thinn Thinn Hlaing, a Burmese doctor living in the UK, this partnership is designed to address Myanmar’s devastatingly high volume of trauma cases – the majority of which are linked to road traffic accidents, a leading cause of death among those under the age of 40.
Improving patient care from the point of injury through to rehabilitation our train-the-trainer model, has helped 1,000 health professionals in Myanmar acquire new trauma management skills. We have also enabled multidisciplinary team working, with nursing, physiotherapy and medics coming together to work on complex trauma cases. Partners in Yangon have also been working with the Cambridge team to develop a new national trauma pathway, ensuring patients have improved outcomes following trauma.
The telemedicine partnership between CGHP and Myanmar began in mid-2021. Through a reflective learning approach, our support is flexible and responsive to the needs of healthcare workers, amidst the rapidly changing socio-political situation in Myanmar. The Programme Manager for East of England Stroke Telemedicine and another senior NHS consultant, are backstopping the activity.
The telemedicine project has so far achieved the following:
As telemedicine is a relatively new technology, the telemedicine team is gradually introducing this user-friendly electronic health care system to patients and service providers. The project is short, but we expect to receive further funding to continue our work into 2022.
In Myanmar, medical schools are closed and many emergency care settings and public hospitals are not open. Therefore, we have developed a wide range of video clips (available to watch here) for medical students and health care professionals, to aid them in managing emergency cases and on the frontline of conflict. The low bandwidth short videos are uploaded to YouTube and shared on Facebook and Telegram Channels. Working with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), CGHP has so far arranged two video tutorial filming sessions. These took place in August and November 2021. The next tutorial is planned in January 2022.
This project also enables Burmese diaspora and CUH staff to exchange learning and experiences. Additionally, this enables Burmese health care professionals and health care professionals in the UK to work collaboratively, facilitating improved team working across the NHS. Our achievements to date:
What is a health partnership?
A long-term link between health institutions in high and low/middle-income countries, health partnerships facilitate the flow of ideas and expertise between the different healthcare systems to strengthen services and improve patient outcomes. Health partnerships achieve this through training programmes, sharing and learning, based on the healthcare needs of the overseas partner.
Interested in getting involved?
If you would like to get involved with either project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are really appreciative of what Cambridge clinicians are able to offer our own health professionals as we strive and invest to ensure safer and better care for all patients in our country. We hope that the friendship between the Ministry of Health, Myanmar, and Cambridge will continue to thrive for our mutual benefit and understanding, to uplift the health status of the people living in Myanmar.Professor Pe Thet Khin Minister of Health, Myanmar 2014
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