Conflict in Myanmar has been ongoing for over fifty years and has led to massive population displacements, service disruptions, and shortages of trained health care workers. Reproductive health outcomes have subsequently suffered. Though the political landscape of the country has recently changed, many people fleeing volatile regions of the country have congregated in the slum settlements surrounding Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. Little data exists on the health of women in this rapidly evolving area. This multi-methods needs assessment aims to understand the availability and accessibility of reproductive health services in the peri-urban Yangon region, explore women’s experiences and unmet needs, and identify mechanisms by which comprehensive service delivery can be improved. Informed by Separated by borders, United in Need, this project is being undertaken as a partnership between researchers at the University of Ottawa, the National YWCA of Myanmar, and CRHC.
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