Lin Lin Htet
I work in both clinical and program sector of SRH Projects in various local and INGO in Myanmar since 2008. I provided the quality family planning services, health education and awareness raising activities to improve knowledge and sustainable use of FP methods for all WORA including marginalized and young key affected population;
benefited more than 10,000 women and girls in Cyclone Nargis and Cyclone Giri affected areas and in Northern Rakhine State where we had to work very hard to overcome the religious and cultural barriers. I was also a Trainer in Myanmar of MISP for RH in crisis situation (2009-2011). From 2012 onward, I mainly work in program sector and continuously contribute in family planning by developing IECs and providing technical support for partner organizations.
In the post-cyclone Nargis rescue trip, we took various drugs and supplies needed for emergency treatment. On the very first day at one camp, a woman came to our clinic and asked for OC pills that she used regularly and missed due to the cyclone. As we didn't take the family planning commodities, I couldn't provide the pills and she seemed depressed. I was really sorry that we failed to take into account the need of women and girls. This sparked my passion for Family Planning.
We faced social, cultural and financial barriers to achieve effective demand and sustainable use of family planning including lack of support from partners, families and community for women and girls. According to my experience, short-term project and funding makes difficulties to achieve sustainability. We tried to increase knowledge and demand for Family Planning. When the community starts change, we have to phase-out from that area which still need to get assistance for sustainability.
As a least developing country and very few percent of Government Spending in Health Sector, we have to depend mainly on international aids and funding. So, we are facing insufficient, inconsistent and unpredictable funding from both national and international source. In Myanmar, all the modern Family Planning methods are not available, accessible and affordable for all women and girls and unmet need for family planning is high.
I hope in the next five years, most of the women and girls in my country are being able to access to SRHR information and services without any discrimination.
I am also dedicated to contribute as much as I can in mitigation of unmet need for contraception among the most vulnerable population.