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Myanmar UK Health Alliance Newsletter

May 2018
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Recent Updates and Highlights:
Diaspora Toolkit
THET has been working on the development of a toolkit for diaspora groups in the UK looking to partner with organisations in Myanmar. The toolkit is designed to assist organisations think through logistical and programmatic considerations as they plan their partnerships and interventions. To access and provide input, access the toolkit through the Myanmar UK Alliance Community of Practice Facebook Group

Thematic Working Groups
Since the January Yangon Event THET has been supporting the implementation of thematic working groups in the five priority areas set out by the Ministry of Health and Sports: Medical Education, Laboratory Services, Nursing, GP services and Data and Health Systems Management. These groups will bring together experts engaged in these areas from Myanmar and UK to provide strategic guidance on the approaches that we can take to strengthen coordination and interventions in these areas. We will continue to update you on the progress made and no doubt many of you will be approached by the groups for your input. 

Thematic Webinars, 2018
The Myanmar UK Health Alliance will be hosting a series of webinars in 2018 that can be accessed for free by partners both in Myanmar and the UK. A schedule for these will be available shortly. We hope these webinars will enable discussion on topics of interest to all partners, and will align with the focus areas of the thematic working groups. For queries or suggestions, please contact Edward Tonkin, THET's Country Programmes Manager: 

Cambridge-Yangon  Trauma Intervention Project (CYTIP) Update
This is a collaboration between Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) and University of Medicine (1) and Yangon General Hospital which started in 2012. A team of 7 Orthopaedic  surgeons from CUH led by Mr. Alan Norrish came to Yangon from 14th to 18th May 2018. In agreement with the local Orthopaedic faculty, the team organized and delivered advanced skill training workshops on limb reconstruction to 19 post-graduate Orthopaedic trainees. The team also attended daily trauma audit meetings, clinics and ward-rounds and exchanged discussions and management plans according to local context.
Four hand surgeons from the British Hand Surgeon Society team came along with CYTIP on the trip to establish an initial relationship with the local hand surgeon team. They had productive meetings with the head of Hand Surgery, Professor U Khin Maung Myint, and agreed to deliver advanced hand surgery training to the post-graduate trainees in the future.
CYTIP Orthopaedics team will come back to Yangon in September to work together with the local faculty on an advanced orthopaedic skills workshop. The CYTIP ICU and Pathology teams are also discussing further visits with their Myanmar counterparts in August and November 2018.

THET M&E Team Visit to Yangon and Mandalay
The THET Monitoring & Evaluation team visited Myanmar from 18th to 25th May 2018. They had useful meetings with many stakeholders and trainees, which led to useful insights on the progress of three partnership projects funded by THET. These partnerships include CYTIP (above mentioned), World Child Cancer with Yangon and Mandalay Children's Hospitals (Paediatric Oncology Units), and Royal College of GP's with the GP Society Myanmar.

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