Risk-free Motherhood in Burma

Partnership objectives

  1. Improve maternal and child health services by boosting midwifery skills and supporting auxiliary midwives.
  2. Upgrade the skills of auxiliary midwives in the areas of maternal and child health to effectively improve the quality of services to pregnant women and women in labor, and prepare for the arrival of future auxiliary midwives as reinforcements.
  3. Promote access to quality reproductive health by developing a standard approach and running a pilot mobile health project.

Despite recent political developments, Burma remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Despite recent political developments, Burma remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Copyright Sanofi

What are the health needs and challenges?

Despite recent political developments, Burma remains one of the poorest countries in the world. According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Burma ranks only 149th on the Human Development Index. Health indicators are extremely low and budgets allocated to health attain only 0.2% of GDP. This situation strongly impacts women's health.

In the urban Dala Township, which has a population of 150,000, maternal mortality is at 177/100,000 and there are six doctors and 21 midwives.

In the rural  Kawkareik District of the Karen State, which has a population of 480,000, there is a maternal mortality rate of 721/100,000 and only one doctor for 19,551 inhabitants and one midwife for 7,230 women.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

For this project supported by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, PU-AMI teams intend to help reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by boosting the skills of midwives via an integrated approach based on community reproductive health workers (auxiliary midwives).

The overall aim of the project is to improve the skills of midwives by means of continuing education and to create a network of auxiliary midwives who will be trained and mentored by experienced midwives to facilitate information sharing and referrals to emergency health centers.



Partnership information

Company(ies) Sanofi

Partner(s) Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Burmese Nurses and Midwives Association, Karen National Union, Myanmar Minsitry of Health, Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Télécom Sans Frontières

Type of Partner(s) Government, NGOs, Professional Associations

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health

Disease(s) Family Planning, Sexual & Reproductive Health, Obstetrics, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Financial Support, Health System Infrastructure - mHealth, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) Health professionals, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Mothers, Patients in needs of treatment, People with low income, Women

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Myanmar

Start Date 2014

More information Sanofi Espoir Foundation

Anticipated completion date Ongoing