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MY-NORTH: Health and Sustainable Development in Myanmar

Competence building in Public Health and Medical Research and Education. By describing, analysing and evaluating the health and health care of people of Myanmar, the project will develop local evidence-based policy and practice which ultimately contribute to sustainable development and improved health among the population of Myanmar.

Signing ceremony October 7th  2011 - Letter of Intent for collaboration between University of Oslo and University of Public Health

Signing ceremony October 7th  2011 - Letter of Intent for collaboration between University of Oslo and University of Public Health. Director General of Department of Medical Science Dr. Than Zaw Myint; Minister for Health Dr. Pe Thet Khin; Professor Espen Bjertness; Rector of University of Public Health Professor Nay Soe Maung.

Contribute to an eLearning Library in Myanmar

The Myanmar Government plan to establish eLearning systems in all universities. Modernization of teaching methods is one factor in reinventing an academic culture of high standard in Myanmar. However, the low band-width (low Internet speed) in universities hinders the creation of a Myanmar Education- and Research Network, and also important connections to international research- and education systems. Currently there are 15 medical and allied universities in Myanmar.

MY-NORTH has built the infrastructure for eLearning in one of them, University of Medicine 1 (UM1), Yangon. We are in the process of developing a library of eLearning lectures which can be accessed in a local intranet at UM1. After further development and investments in Myanmar the hope is that this library can be accessed by all health institutions. Meanwhile we will distribute eLearning lectures to all medical and allied universities to be used in local intranets.

Read more, please contribute with eLearning lectures or quizzes, internet resources, pbl.

Sub-projects

News

  • dhis2-660px From paper based- to electronic health information (DHIS2) in Myanmar Mar. 6, 2017

    In accordance with the National Health Plan (2017-2022), Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar, is in the process of developing a comprehensive Health Information Strategy. The Ministry has decided that there will be one common national platform for health information in Myanmar, namely DHIS2. The choice of DHIS2 fulfils an aim of the MY-NORTH-project.

  • Dr Thein Thein Htay to be awarded Doctor Honoris Causa in 2017 Jan. 17, 2017

    The Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, has nominated Dr Thein Thein Htay to be awarded Doctor Honoris Causa in 2017. She has accepted the nomination, and will receive the degree at the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, on September 1st, 2017.

  • meeting-jan11-660px Meeting with H.E Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister for Health and Sports Jan. 17, 2017

    Professor Espen Bjertness had a good meeting with H.E Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister for Health and Sports on 11. January 2017. The Minister was appointed in March 2016 after the election in November 2015.

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About the MY-NORTH project

MY-NORTH has been developed over a long time, initiated through collaboration between Institute of Health and Society, UiO, and MOH/University of Public Health, Yangon, starting in 2009. The collaboration later expanded to University of Medicine 1, Yangon; Institutes of Basic Medical Sciences and Informatics at UiO; and Prince of Songkla University and Mahidol University in Thailand.

Myanmar is under rapid development towards democracy, and the government has made several new reforms in that direction. There are plans to pay more attention to education, including medical research training and research dissemination at university level. The project aims to improve capacity and quality in basic medical sciences and public health in Myanmar, through education, research, surveillance and dissemination of research findings.

By describing, analysing and evaluating the health and health care of people of Myanmar, the project will develop local evidence-based policy and practice which ultimately contribute to sustainable development and improved health among the population of Myanmar.

Objectives

  1. Strengthened capacity in public health- and basic medical training and research competence at Myanmar higher education institutions.
  2. Improved quality of information and data available in Myanmar that can be used for healthy public policies

Background

The medical curricula at graduate- and post graduate level in Myanmar are in need for modernisation.  There is also a lack of population-based health data from Myanmar.

The country is affected by both non-communicable- and infectious diseases, and has health indicators at the lower end of the scale. According to Myanmar National Health Plan (2011-2016), “Development of Human resources for Health” and “Promoting Health Research” are important program areas that need to be emphasized, and according to Ministry of Education, “improvement of quality in education” is prioritized. Universities in Myanmar and The Ministry of Health express the importance of securing health services to the population, and re-establishing an academic culture, including research, international publications and curriculum improvement. In order to build well functioning health services, national health information systems are needed as well as training of health personnel and academics to make use of collected data to feed into national health plans and to inform local health workers.  Thus, competence in research methodologies and a modern curriculum in public health and basic medicine will be important.

Financing

18 000 000 NOK from NORAD (the Norwegian Agency for development Cooperation)

Partner institutions

  • University of Public Health, Yangon, Myanmar
  • University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Ministry of Health, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
  • Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Prince of Songkla University, Songkla, Thailand
  • University of Oslo:
  • Institute of Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine;
  • Department of Anatomy, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine;
  • Department of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Start and finish

2014 – 2018

Publications

  1. E-learning resources in Myanmar. Espen Bjertness, Thein Thein Htay, Nay Soe Maung, Zaw Wai Soe, Saw Sanda Aye, Ole Petter Ottersen, Tippawan Liabsuetrakul, Per Grøttum, Magnus Hovland, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam. Lancet 2016; 388: 2990-2991
  2. Urban-rural differences in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases risk factors among 25-74 years old citizens in Yangon Region, Myanmar: a cross sectional study. Htet AS, Bjertness MB, Sherpa LY, Kjøllesdal MK, Oo WM, Meyer HE, Stigum H, Bjertness E. BMC Public Health 2016; 16(1): 1225.
  3. Worldwide trends in blood pressure from 1975 to 2015: a pooled analysis of 1479 population-based measurement studies with 19·1 million participants. NCD Risk Factor Collaboration. Lancet 2016
  4. Measuring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries: a baseline analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015GBD 2015 SDG Collaborators, Lancet 2016
  5. Consumption of fruits and vegetables and associations with risk factors for non-communicable diseases in the Yangon region of Myanmar: a cross-sectional study. Kjøllesdal M, et al. BMJ Open 2016 Aug 26
  6. Prevalence and determinants of hypertension in Myanmar - a nationwide cross-sectional study. Bjertness MB, Htet AS, Meyer HE, Htike MM, Zaw KK, Oo WM, Latt TS, Sherpa LY, Bjertness E BMC Public Health. 2016 Jul 18;16:590.  
  7. A century of trends in adult human heightNCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Elife. 2016 Jul 26;5.
  8. Worldwide trends in diabetes since 1980: a pooled analysis of 751 population-based studies with 4.4 million participants. NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Lancet. 2016 Apr 9
  9. Indigenous and tribal peoples' health (The Lancet-Lowitja Institute Global Collaboration): a population study. Anderson I, Robson B, Connolly M, Al-Yaman F, Bjertness E, et al. Lancet. 2016 Apr 20
  10. Trends in adult body-mass index in 200 countries from 1975 to 2014: a pooled analysis of 1698 population-based measurement studies with 19·2 million participants. NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC),  Lancet. 2016 Apr 2
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Published Jan. 29, 2016 1:05 PM - Last modified Aug. 30, 2017 11:11 AM

Contact

Project leader: Professor Espen Bjertness

Project Coordinator: Vibeke Christie

Participants

Detailed list of participants