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Coordination Meeting for Improving Prison Health Care in Myanmar

Guided by Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister and Dr. Thar Tun Kyaw, Permanent Secretary for Health and Sports. A truly important gathering on Health in Prisons, with the objective to obtain guidance, input and suggestions on improving prison health care in Myanmar and the process of development of National Strategic Framework on Health Care in Prisons (2019-2023).

#AHRN provided an overview of current and future Prison Health activities, the importance of through care before, during and upon release, emphasizing the need for early care for people who are detained in holding cells at police stations, with specific focus on drug dependency, mental health and withdrawal/overdose, mmt and infection control, and the urgency for inclusion of prison staff, notably occupational health for guards.

“Prisons are the Community, guards and inmates come from the Community and return to the Community”.

Chapeau Sayagyi Willy and Ma Thinzar!

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Joint Community Advocacy Meeting in the Sagaing Division

AHRN participated in a joint Community Advocacy Meeting in the Sagaing Division, Mawlaik District Administrative Office. We were honored with the active presence of three Members of Parliament, District Administrative Officer, District Medical Officer, District Police Officer, Community members, Civil Society Organizations and NGOs participated it in this well attended and dynamic event.

During the Opening speech, Daw Cho Cho Lwin (Member of Parliament) well aware and complimented NGOs working in Mawlaik, emphasized the value of partnerships, the key role of communities and the importance of communication. Member of Parliament U Tin Mg Win (Member of Parliament) expressed the need for enhanced coordination, and urgency to coordinate collaboration to enhance current activities, while he valued and appreciate the work of NGOs, it is also for other important to learn more about NGOs (supported) activities. CSO leader U Than Tun Aun expressed gratitude and his support NGO/INGO’s activities.

The (I)NGO present, provided an overview of their current work. #AHRN explained about our Harm Reduction, Drug Use and HIV activities and answered the questions raised by MPs, DMO.

In conclusion of this memorable and successful event, it was noted by the MPs that communities would benefit from more engagement and the production and distribution of Information, Education and Communication material, there was a strong call to advocate with donors to support for Health activities in Mawlaik, and increased activities and campaigns to reach and attract communities throughout Mawlaik Township.

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The highlight of the good collaboration efforts between MoHS and AHRN

 

The training on Harm Reduction, Drugs and Dependency was conducted at the Homalin General Hospital on 23-24 June 201. By the AHRN team and lead by Ma Thinzar Tun, Program Director of AHRN Myanmar, with kind funding support of GFATM. Participants were AHRN staff from Nant Taw, Naung Po Aung (Homelin) and 10 Basic Health Staff (BHS) from MoHS. The participants actively participated at the training, highlighting the true fact:

“We are one in sharing the same goal of reducing Drug Use related Harms –regardless if we are Public or Private actors, we are partners!”