Govt allocates K3 billion for health research
The Ministry of Health and Sports has been allocated K3 billion for research to boost its clinical and public health services.
THE Ministry of Health and Sports has been allocated K3 billion (US$1.9 million) for research in its budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 to improve its clinical and public health services, especially in the areas of paramedics, nursing and midwifery.
“Never in the history of the Ministry of Health and Sports has this kind of funding been dedicated for health research,” Health Minister Dr Myint Htwe said yesterday at the opening ceremony of the 47th Myanmar Health Research Congress.
“We have to thank the government especially due to the fact that there are limitations in the overall budget and also our country is not that rich,” he added.
The funding is primarily intended for use in strengthening capacity and capability of researchers and research scientists in terms of establishing good research management practices, practicing responsible research and promoting the application of good clinical practice guidelines.
It will also be used for conducting more clinical trials and ensuring the strict practice of research ethics as well as increasing the capacity of members of the Ethical Review Committees (ERC) in universities and departments under the ministry. A portion of the budget will also go into developing the national health research agenda.
Dr Myint Htwe noted that while the budget is still relatively low compared with the research budget of other countries, it will be a good start to rekindle interest in conducting research and promoting research in the country.
The ministry said the research budget will be supplemented with research funds from foreign universities and institutions such as UN agencies and NGOs working in Myanmar.
Currently, there are more than 40 or so World Health Organisation (WHO) collaborative projects or programmes run by the ministry and there are built-in research components in these projects, the minister said.
Dr Myint Htwe affirmed that the Myanmar Health Research Congress is an effective knowledge- and experience-sharing platform for researchers, clinicians, public health professionals, and administrators in the context of effectively serving the country’s population.
“All of us, especially young research professionals, should make the most of this research congress through application of some of the key findings of research projects presented here in real life situations either in the clinical domain or in public health domain,” he said.
‘Never in the ministry’s history has this much funding been dedicated for health research.’