Millennium goals to boost health aid

Ei Thinzar Kyaw

The Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG) will increase this year's health aid budget by US$40 million. 

Moreover, Sweden, Switzerland, Britain and the US of the 3MDG's seven donor countries have agreed to extend the fund period until 2018. The period was first set to finish by 2017. 

3MDG, largest international fund provider for Myanmar's health sector from 2012 to 2017, said in its annual report that US$284 million had been provided. 

It was able to fully implement the projects in 2016, exceeding the targets. In the project areas, 25,000 pregnant women received care from experts more than four times and 25,000 babies were delivered. Under the HIV/Aids-control project, services were provided for 76,000 drug addicts who used injections. 

The 3MDG also upgraded 22 midwifery schools, cooling systems and medical storage in 264 townships across the country and built 74 rural health centres and sub-centres in remote areas. It also helped the Ministry of Health and Sports draw the national health plan 2017-21

Partner organisations of the 3MDG are providing health-care services in conflict areas in cooperation with health NGOs.