In fiscal 2019, Daiichi Sankyo launched mobile clinic services in Myanmar in cooperation with Plan International Japan. This project is conducted with the support of local NGOs, local government, and district health administration. No conflict of interest with our business transactions has been identified, although we will continue to monitor the activities through constant site visits and regular reporting in order to reduce risks.
Myanmar Project implementation structure
Myanmar’s child and maternal mortality rates are high, with an under-five mortality rate of 51 per 1000 live births (2016) versus 3 per 1000 live births in Japan. Moreover, the health disparities between rural and urban areas are pronounced, and the under-five mortality rate in rural areas has been reported to be approximately twice as high as that in urban areas.
In Nyaung-U District in the Mandalay Region, where the project is operating, most health institutions and health workers concentrate in urban areas, and very limited health services are provided by village-level health centers. In addition, the lack of information and awareness among community residents regarding diseases, treatment, and health services, and their inability to visit distant hospitals for financial reasons make it difficult for them to access healthcare services. Against such a background, we have initiated the following activities in this district with the aim of providing health and medical services and enlightening the residents on diseases and medical care: (i) mobile healthcare services with vehicles, (ii) capacity building for healthcare workers and community health volunteers, and (iii) capacity building and awareness-raising activities for the local residents. Through these activities, we work on improving access to healthcare.
This project began in April 2019 with a scheduled duration of 3 years and includes key performance indicators (KPIs) such as reduced neonatal and under-five mortality rates, improved maternal health screening rate, and reduced incidence of malnutrition/anemia. A kick-off ceremony was held in October 2019.
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We will continue to monitor the activities on an ongoing basis to check the progress of the project. These activities are also part of our Access Accelerated initiative.