Community health: We care for our own


A boy squeezes his eyes shut as he receives an inoculation against H1N1 at the Mae Tao clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand, in 2010. Photo: EPA

“With the convening of the National League for Democracy-dominated parliament and the formation of the U Htin Kyaw cabinet – including the appointment of Dr Myint Htwe as the new minister for health – [The Health Convergence Core Group], along with our conflict-affected communities, are hopeful that there is finally light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.”


The Health Convergence Core Group (HCCG) is a coalition headed by the Mae Tao Clinic of eight ethnic and community health organisations, including the Back Pack Health Worker Team.  It was formed in 2012 and is a multi-ethnic health governance body working toward devolved healthcare under a future federal system in Myanmar.

Read this article by the Health Convergence Core Group to learn more about the HCCG, Burma’s current national health system, and challenges the coalition faces when working to improve the health system.


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