The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Celebrating one of 17 new primary health centres in Myanmar
Mobile telecom operator Ooredoo, Myanmar’s Ministry of Health and Sports, UNOPS, and regional government and community attended the ceremony.
"By partnering with UNOPS to build primary healthcare facilities in rural and peri-urban areas of Myanmar, we're overcoming the barriers to health service delivery in areas of Ooredoo's operations: lack of appropriate infrastructure," said Rene Meza, Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo Myanmar. "We are pleased Ooredoo is able to connect the people in these areas, enabling them to receive quality healthcare service and securing them a better future."
Funded by Ooredoo Myanmar, the $3.1 million centres will provide newborn and child health services, and help fight communicable diseases.
They will improve access to quality health services for more than 90,000 people in eight states and regions: Mon State, Kayin State, Kachin State, Shan State, Tanintharyi Region, Bago Region, Ayeyarwady Region and Yangon Region. Locations were selected based on Myanmar's needs and with support from the Ministry of Health and Sports.
Solar panels will provide light in case of emergencies and water tanks will store rainwater. There will also be sanitation facilities, waste disposal equipment and drug storage rooms.
Managing some of the largest development funds in Myanmar, UNOPS sustainably improves health, livelihoods, rural development and agriculture across the country.
Upon completion, Ooredoo will provide internet connectivity to the centres, which will be handed over to the Ministry of Health and Sports to operate.
"UNOPS is pleased to partner with Ooredoo Myanmar and the Ministry of Health and Sports," said Andrew Kirkwood, Director and Representative of UNOPS Myanmar. "This project is a great example of progress that can be made when the private sector gets involved with organizations like UNOPS and governments to improve the lives of the people."