Hospitals receive support from Myanmar Neonatal and Emergency Paediatric Care Programme

Providing quality care

Dr. Aye Chan Oo, M.D, M.P.H, Programme Officer, Royal college of Paediatric and Child HealthMay 2020
MoHS/2020/ Dr. Ye Htut
04 June 2020

Under extra pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals at all levels around Myanmar urgently require supplies, equipment and training. UNICEF and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) are supporting the Myanmar Neonatal and Emergency Paediatric Care Programme (MNEPCP), which is a collaboration between the Myanmar Paediatric Society and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the UK.

The Myanmar Neonatal and Emergency Paediatric Care Programme has been providing quality care in Myanmar’s hospitals since 2016 and is currently supporting 21 hospitals in Ayeyarwady, Magway, Sagaing Regions and Kayin State. 

"In this time of global pandemic, the most important thing for the healthcare workers is to prepare with full protections that can help reduce the risk of getting infected. UNICEF and MEPNCP have supported the healthcare workers in neonatal care units with hospital uniforms in order to help reduce workplace infection,” said Dr. Aye Moh Moh Win, Paediatrician at Myawaddy district hospital.

In April, each hospital’s neonatal and paediatric care unit received US$500, to enable the purchase of additional essential items, such as masks, gloves, gowns and patient monitors. Zoom meetings with hospital medical superintendents and paediatricians have also identified other needs. Ongoing trainings via Zoom webinars will share updated COVID-19 information. Over the coming months, the Myanmar Neonatal and Emergency Paediatric Care Programme will continue to support the neonatal and paediatric care units by supplying ventilators, oxygen concentrators, personal protective equipment and technical assistance, including upgrades of the mobile app for infection control and treatment.