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Myanmar has undergone sweeping economic and political reforms since it transitioned to a civilian government in 2011, and then opened up to foreign investment two years later. But the health care system is still reeling from over 50 years of neglect.
While neighboring countries have made huge progress in combating communicable diseases, in Myanmar malaria and tuberculosis continue to be the leading causes of morbidity and mortality.
But the opening of the country’s economy has created new opportunities for both the public and private health sectors to provide better services to the population as it moves toward the goal of universal health coverage — one of the key targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more.