by J. Stephen Morrison, RADM Thomas Cullison, Murray Hiebert et al.
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), November 2013
For decades, going back to 1962, when a military junta seized power, the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar (also called Burma) was one of the world’s most repressive countries. Malgovernance has left the health of Myanmar citizens in peril, and left the public health system in a shambles. From 2011, a historic top-down revolution commenced, politically, economically, and socially. Now there is strong reason for hope; indeed, the pieces are in place to accelerate the rehabilitation of health in Myanmar, if there is a strategic focus, political will, coordinated action, and strengthened partnerships.