Étiqueté : Myanmar


[Myanmar] Myanmar’s health leaders stand against military rule

Responding to the military coup of Feb 1, 2021, the citizens of Myanmar are on the airwaves, the web, and the streets peacefully protesting their outrage and unreserved rejection of this unlawful and anti-democratic act. Emergency Medicine (EM) doctors have led the resistance through a Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM), minimising work in government hospitals under military rule. The CDM has spread throughout the health workforce, resulting in closure of public hospitals as well as medical and nursing universities. Clinical services have drastically diminished, leading to a health system suddenly in crisis.


[Myanmar] COVID coup: how Myanmar’s military used the pandemic to justify and enable its power grab

Myanmar’s popular leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been in custody since the country’s military seized power in a coup on February 1, has been charged with a new crime: that of violating the country’s National Disaster Management Law. It’s proof, if any were needed, of the extent to which the country’s military leaders are willing to subvert the COVID crisis to their own ends.


[Myanmar] Medics in Myanmar on strike against military amid COVID-19 crisis

Front-line healthcare workers from more than 70 medical units and hospitals across the country announced a strike on Wednesday, refusing to work for the military regime. The developments raise fresh concerns about Myanmar’s coronavirus response and vaccination programme, which began on January 27, days before the coup.


[Myanmar] COVID-19 Impact – Time for Myanmar to accelerate education reforms

While the health care sector has been on the forefront in managing the pandemic, the education sector is yet to come to terms of overcoming the disruptions in the learning opportunities of for children. The Global Education Monitor (GEM) Report 2020, released by the UNESCO points out that ‘over half of the world’s student population still affected by full or partial school closures’. It estimates that on average 100 school days have been lost by each student globally during the last academic year. While Myanmar’s children too faced similar disruptions and it is also opportunity to accelerate reforms that would ensure inclusive education, meeting the aspirations of all sections of population.


[Myanmar] COVID-19 Impact on Employment and Labour Market in Myanmar

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the livelihoods of workers and families in countries around the world. In Myanmar, the pandemic could ultimately lead to a socioeconomic crisis if the right policies and plans are not well designed and implemented. The COVID-19 Impact Assessment on Employment and Labour Market in Myanmar presents the findings to help guide the Government of Myanmar and the social partners in their unrelenting efforts to support affected businesses and vulnerable workers.


[Myanmar] Suu Kyi readies to win ‘Covid election’

Myanmar’s ruling party — the National League for Democracy (NLD) — is in the final stages of preparing for parliamentary polls scheduled for Nov 8. These elections have taken an unexpected turn, largely as a result of the pandemic sweeping the world. Now, the country’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, appears destined to be returned to power, albeit with a reduced majority.


[Myanmar] COVID-19 Recovery: Myanmar Needs to Move Towards Digital Transformation

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced lockdowns across the globe, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of digital technologies in various aspects of human life. Restrictions in mobility, closing of economic activities, social distancing norms, shutting down of education and health services, entertainment and mass gatherings have all led to people moving to digital platforms to stay connected with each other and engage in necessary economic and social activities. Contact tracing applications, e-permits, e-clinics, e-health bulletins, dashboards of data, cloud-based clinical data hosting, sharing and collaboration between public health researchers, awareness building apps and chatbots have come to play a significant role during this pandemic period. However, such a transition has not been smooth as many developing countries faced severe forms of digital inequality, especially in rural areas. Cities and young people have adopted to the digital world faster compared to those living in rural areas. ICT infrastructure is also a major constraint. For example in Myanmar over 50 per cent communities do not have access to ICTs. It is in this context, addressing challenges of e-governance, particularly in creating a digital interface between citizen and government.

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