Preparation for the New Project
on Reproductive Health
with Community Initiative in Myanmar
2002, JOICFP proposed a RH project in Myanmar with financial
assistance from JICA, in cooperation with the Department of
Health (DOH), Ministry of Health (MOH), and by June 2004,
the first preparatory study mission had taken place. From
6th to 23rd July, the second preparatory mission, comprising
three JOICFP staff, a JICA representative and an independent
consultant visited Myanmar to organize Project Cycle Management
(PCM) workshops to develop the Project Design Matrix (PDM).
The facilitator makes a point
during group discussions in Kyaukme
PCM workshops with 20 representatives each were held in the
project areas, namely Kyaukme and Naungcho Townships in Shan
State to exchange and discuss the opinions for better understanding
of the real RH issues in Myanmar, and identified suitable
methods to solve RH problems based on the community needs.
community representatives explained that abortion was a concern,
but that people were afraid to seek medical services as they
had little trust in them. Other issues presented included
lack of education, difficulties in transportation, lack of
supplies, gender issues, and management weakness.
Constructing an 'objective tree'
in group work in Naungcho
on the above problem analysis, three major approaches were
identified to solve the problems. The major approaches are:
1) to improve the quality of RH services provided at township
level and downwards, with special focus on safe motherhood,
2) to improve awareness and knowledge on RH issues among community
people, particularly women in reproductive age, and 3) to
enhance management and technical capacity of the DOH and other
The workshops specifically aimed to raise the awareness and
build the ownership of the community toward community-oriented
RH, and the identified approaches and output from the workshops
were incorporated into the PDM.