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Elets Conference: Healthcare market largely untapped in Myanmar – Ambassador, Embassy of The Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Moe Kyaw Aung

Economic growth and greater healthcare awareness demands efficient innovations in the healthcare segment. To tackle the health related issues, international collaboration is a must to deliver the tangible growth result in both economic and developmental aspect. Against the background I would like to brief on the mass effort to pursue universal health coverage which has also become a global priority in recent years.

With regards to health aspect of Myanmar, I would like to take the opportunity to brief a glimpse on Myanmar to promote healthcare for its citizens. In Myanmar all health activities are implemented in conformity with the following strategy laid down by the Ministry of health and sport;

1. widespread dissemination of health information and education to reach the rural areas
2. enhancing disease prevention activities free
3. providing effective treatment of prevailing diseases

Myanmar government adopted national policy in 1993. The policy has placed the health of all goal as a prime objective using primary healthcare approach. One of the prime objective of this policy is to strengthen collaboration with other countries for national health development. The objective of the policy is in line with the ministry strategy to achieve universal health coverage which all people have access to receive serviced healthcare. India and Myanmar enjoy good time tested friendly relations. Comprehensiveness of the relations also cover health sector collaboration through capacity building assistances to Myanmar. Training and Technical assistance in health sector to Myanmar are welcome. Moreover, increasing number of Myanmar patients have been travelling to India to get themselves medically treated, especially in transplant. I am confident that this is a promising sign of collaboration of medical tourism between 2 countries. A number of healthcare institutions and companies are also showing interest to reach out to Myanmar where healthcare market potential is largely untapped. I am also delighted to say that more Indian hospitals and health institutions are proposing to collaborate with Myanmar counterparts.

As India is in the midst of healthcare transformation, promoting collaboration poised to compliment each other’s health sector’s development. In this context innovative technology in health sector is essential to leverage both country’s collaboration in building healthcare ecosystem.

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