Mobile Health Clinic
The Mobile Health Clinic project is improving access to basic health care, maternal and child care and child nutrition services in Central Myanmar. The project provides mobile clinics in rural areas that otherwise lack health services. It builds on existing Pact programming that trains community health volunteers and supports Village Development Funds that provide loans for medical care for families without financial means. Clients receive quality health services at no out-of-pocket expense, closing gaps in care.
Swan Yi uses WORTH, Pact’s savings-based economic empowerment model, to help women better support themselves and their families. In addiition to helping women save money and access credit, WORTH provides intensive training and support to build members' capacity as successful entrepreneurs. The project incorporates leadership skills to support the health and education of women, their families and communities. Since 2013, Swan Yi has established more than 1,200 savings groups with more than 30,000 members. These groups have accrued more than $1.5 million through weekly savings, enabling women to take nearly 100,000 loans worth more than $5.7 million. Swan Yi also incorporates an advocacy curriculum rooted in empowerment principles, educating members on topics including labor law, domestic violence, divorce and children’s and land rights. Continuous self-learning helps women develop business literacy and numeracy skills to start, manage and sustain their businesses.
SHINE: Sustainable Health Improvement and Empowerment
SHINE is an integrated health and livelihoods program that empowers rural communities to improve their lives in lasting ways. With trainings and workshops, community members learn about maternal and child health, disease management, and village banking. The project then supports communities to organize themselves around these issues to deliver solutions for improvement. SHINE trains community-chosen health volunteers who diagnose, treat, and refer cases of diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria; uses Village Development Funds to empower communities to decide and fund development priorities; launches mothers groups for community-based health education support; and employs Pact's signature WORTH model to help women and older girls save money and start small businesses.
Ahlin Yaung Renewable Energy Program
The Ahlin Yaung (“light” in Myanmar language) Project is working to provide renewable energy access to 1 million low-income people in rural Myanmar by 2021. Myanmar has one of the lowest electrification rates in Asia, with the national electricity grid reaching only a small part of the population, mostly in urban areas. Ahlin Yaung uses Pact’s Village Development Committees (VDCs) and WORTH savings groups to manage the program at the community level. VDCs, through community-managed revolving funds, provide funding for households to purchase photovoltaic equipment on hire-purchase. WORTH groups manage community solar charging stations, which charge special batteries for household lighting and mobile device charging, to distribute electricity to communities. Both the revolving fund and WORTH group models generate interest and income for other village development activities. Ahlin Yaung also provides funding to villages to purchase photovoltaic equipment at the community level.
Shae Thot: The Way Forward
Shae Thot uses an integrated, holistic approach to alleviate poverty and improve health in villages in Myanmar by tackling problems in a range of areas, including maternal and child health, livelihoods, food security and water, sanitation and hygiene. By partnering with local organizations and working closely with communities, Shae Thot is building local capacity for decision-making and long-term planning, creating impact that will last long beyond Pact’s presence. With activities in nearly 2,000 villages, the project has trained hundreds of thousands of community members and health workers in child health and nutrition, provided mobile-clinic health and family planning services to tens of thousands, increased the percentage of women who give birth with a skilled birth attendant, provided wide-ranging hygiene training to stem the spread of disease and improved potable water access.