In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked Myanmar’s health system as the second-worst in the world. Its people endured short life expectancies, poor health outcomes, and the highest out-of-pocket health expenses in Southeast Asia. Since then, Myanmar has begun reforming its health system aggressively and announced its plan to achieve universal healthcare coverage by 2030. This is an ambitious goal, especially in light of Myanmar’s current health system.
In this video, medical doctor and scholar Phyu Phyu Thin Zaw highlights the changes Myanmar has already undertaken and the challenges the country still faces as it works to improve its healthcare system.
A free classroom-friendly discussion guide for this video is available for download below.