Over the past year, Soapbox have assisted with a UNICEF-funded WaterAid-led, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities programme to improve maternity services in Myanmar.
Working with the Government of Myanmar and key stakeholders to assess the need for WASH in healthcare facilities, the main aim of this project was to address current gaps in information on infection prevention and control (IPC) and good hygiene practices, generating a longer-term programme of improvements. A report on findings will be published later this year but in the meantime, we are thrilled to announce that we will continue to work with WaterAid and country partners in Myanmar to build on this programme to improve the quality of maternal healthcare by strengthening health systems.
The new project ‘Supporting Safe Births in Myanmar’ is funded by the Australian Government’s flagship program ‘Water for Women’ which aims to improve health, gender equality and well-being of Asian and Pacific communities through inclusive, sustainable WASH. The project seeks to improve the quality and safety of healthcare at the time of birth. Focusing on hygiene and cleanliness, Soapbox will support the design of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process that will identify and prioritise WASH-related needs, and support monitoring and evaluation.
In addition to WaterAid, partners on this project include Jhpiego (Consortium Partner), the Government of Myanmar’s Department of Medical Services, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Medical Research and Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation.
The inception phase of the project will begin in Spring 2018 and we look forward to sharing progress.