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myanmar/burma country study | breaking barriers: advocating srhr

Myanmar Burma Country Study (1)

Political developments in Myanmar/Burma prompted ARROW in 2013 to undertake a small-scale scoping study to re-evaluate and refine its advocacy strategies for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and to strengthen partnerships for advocacy with civil society organisations (CSO) working on SRHR in the country. The study aimed to identify the status of and the potential for SRHR advocacy by CSOs in Central Myanmar/Burma and in Eastern states along the Thai-Myanmar/Burma border, and increase the current knowledge base on SRHR issues, gaps, and challenges. The study was reviewed in 2015 to include an overview of key progress made on SRHR goals by civil society, government and other non-government stakeholders in the country. This report presents the results of the scoping study.

This report contains an overview and analysis of government policies and services that were implemented under the Thein Sein Administration—the Government of Myanmar from 2011 to 2015. At the time of writing, a new government-in-waiting led by the winners of the 2015 elections—the National League for Democracy (NLD)—took administrative power in February 2016. It is hoped that the new government will take steps towards making progress on key SRHR policy areas outlined in this report.