Primary Health Care (PHC)

The Primary Health Care project uses a convergent approach to improve the health status of vulnerable people in four conflict-affected townships in Kayin State. It contributes to peace, and brings together the Ministry of Health and Sports and Ethnic Health Organizations. Basic health services are strengthened through better coordination, training, supervision and supplies. Communities are empowered to achieve better health and feedback mechanisms are introduced. 

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Atención primaria de salud
Fortalecimiento del sistema sanitario
Educación sanitaria
01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022
CHF  10’190’000
Contexto Over the last half a century of isolation, and with limited resources, Myanmar has seen low levels of basic health services, poor infrastructure, shortage of trained health staff, a chronic shortage of essential drugs and supplies, and high levels of out-of-pocket payments for health. This situation, magnified by conflicts and geographical remoteness, has led to considerable inequities in the utilization of health services in the conflict-affected Kayin State. Since the National League for Democracy came into power in 2016, the Ministry of Health and Sports has initiated a reform process to improve the health status of its population and formulated the National Health Plan 2017-2021. Considering the role Ethnic Health Organizations play in providing health services in Ethnic Armed Organizations controlled areas. Although the government expenditure for health has been increasing since 2011, it still remains low compared with other ASEAN countries.
Objetivos Disadvantaged people in rural communities, including conflict-affected and vulnerable populations, have access to better basic health infrastructures and services and are enabled to contribute to local health governance through enhanced individual and organizational capacities, which contributes to sustainable peace.
Grupos destinarios The project will serve a population of 678’000, including 20’000 pregnant women and 60’000 children under 5 years of age in more than 800 villages in 4 conflict-affected Townships in Kayin state: Kawkareik, Kyainseikkyi, Myawaddy and Hlaingbwe
Efectos a medio plazo
  • Equitable provision of quality basic health care services is improved in rural areas of target townships
  • Communities are empowered to improve health status and governance
  • Government and ethnic health systems in southeast Myanmar are coordinated and strengthened, creating trust between them

Resultados previstos:  

  • Delivery of quality maternal and child health services to targeted beneficiaries from village health committees; community-based referral systems also between EHO and MoHS are institutionalized; health facilities in target areas refurbished; facility-based health staff outreach activities and communication facilitated.
  • Target communities are mobilized to take part in health promotion efforts and they are able to identify health emergency conditions; gender and inclusive community structures are identified and capacitated.
  • Improved service quality, availability and readiness; data quality strengthened; coordination mechanism among different stakeholders improved; and actions to contribute to convergence and conflict transformation are supported.

Resultados de las fases anteriores:  

  • Fostered coordination between government health departments and EHOs, which was initiated only through facilitation from this project.
  • Development of sustainable emergency referral system; 3521 emergency referrals of pregnant women, of which for the first time 647 patient referrals from EHO clinics to MoHS installations.
  • Standardized MCH curricula across the ethnic health organizations and curriculum review by MoHS, joint trainings.
  • Training for Basic Health Staff and for more than 400 skilled birth attendants from both MoHS and EHOs sides, and support for outreach services visits to 200 villages, including 61 EHO villages.
  • Successful expanded immunization program, to cover beneficiaries in areas that never received immunization before, with high level commitment and actions from MoHS to provide vaccines, technical support and cold chain supplies to EHOs; immunization of 2’481 children.
  • 445 inclusive and gender diverse Village Health Committees were established, empowering the communities to improve their health status.
  • Through extensive facilitation of the project, EHOs participated fully in the formulation and the drafting process of NHP, which now recognizes the role of EHOs in health service provision.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
ONG internacional o extranjera
Sector privado
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Sector privado extranjero Norte
  • Save the Children Federation

Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores
  • Switzerland participates in the government sector coordination for health, MHSCC.
  • The multi-donor trust fund “Access to Health”, which is currently chaired by Switzerland, will provide additional Malaria, Tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS services in the same townships.
  • Regular exchange with other Swiss funded Multi-Donor Trust Funds LIFT (for nutrition component) and Joint Peace Fund (for peace dividend).
  • Regular exchange with other bilateral health projects in Kayin State from USAID.
Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    10’190’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    7’452’400
Fases del proyecto Fase 2 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022   (Fase en curso) Fase 1 01.03.2014 - 31.12.2018   (Completed)