This chapter includes the following articles.
Following years of poor governance, limited resources and international sanctions, much work needs to be done in order to bridge the gap between Myanmar’s ill-equipped public health system and internationally recognised norms. The government and foreign donors are ramping up efforts in the fight against HIV, malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and maternal and child mortality as well as the increasing prevalence of non-communicable disease (NCDs). After decades of isolation, the sector is now open to foreign investment, allowing 70% ownership in clinics and hospitals. Both private and public sector players are taking significant steps to adjust to the evolving landscape of the country in an effort to improve the provision of medical care. The education system is also undergoing revitalisation. With many of the country’s development goals relying on the improvement of education and the expansion of vocational training, the transformation is well under way. Although the Ministry of Education has numerous hurdles to overcome, an increased budget, growing support from the global community, and the reopening of Yangon University are all positive signs for the future of Myanmar’s education system.
This chapter contains an interview with Dr Ye Moe Myint, Hospital Administrator, Pun Hlaing Hospital; and an education viewpoint from Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister of Australia.