Govt al­lo­cates K3 bil­lion for health re­search

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - AUNG PHAY KYI SOE aung­phayky­[email protected]

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.’

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