Young People Matter In Myanmar

Burnet Institute

03 January, 2017

IMAGE: Myanmar has one of the youngest populations in Southeast Asia

In Burnet’s latest edition of IMPACT magazine, Burnet researchers explain the institute’s work with youth in Myanmar, where 28 per cent of the population is aged under 25.

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Almost a third of Myanmar’s population experiences major challenges to their development, including early marriage, unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions, poor nutrition, limited education, sexually transmitted infections and human trafficking of girls and women for sexual exploitation.

Burnet Institute’s Myanmar program focuses on adolescent health, recognising that investment in this group is critical for development of positive health, and skills for social participation in adulthood.

Burnet’s Country Program Manager for Myanmar, Ms Lia Burns, says there is limited knowledge about adolescent health and experience in the country due to a poor evidence base. However global evidence suggests adolescent health services are fragmented and poorly coordinated.

She says Burnet’s Young People Matter Program focuses on two key initiatives within the Myanmar Monastic school system: a formative study and a long-term project.

“The formative study provides evidence of current knowledge and attitudes of teachers, students, parents, health workers and key stakeholders related to adolescent reproductive health and menstrual hygiene management in Monastic schools and the surrounding community,” Ms Burns said.

The five-year project that began in 2016 focuses on improving delivery of current state-approved Life Skills Education; engaging with parents and community leaders and working with essential health staff to improve young people’s health, explained Ms Burns.

“There is a global call for international partners and national governments to work together to create a more comprehensive evidence base for action in practice and policy, and Burnet is responding to that demand – because it matters.”

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