Ooredoo and Pact Myanmar have signed an agreement to provide mobile health clinic services in Central Myanmar, the Qatari firm said.
The services will include two mobile clinics which will support 143 villages, improving access to basic health and nutrition services for over 75,000 people.
In addition to increasing coverage of basic health services, the project will provide treatment to 700 children under the age of five suffering from severe malnutrition and in critical need of care.
The project will also support the township health department in strengthening its health management information system (HMIS) by providing mobile technology to improve data quality and efficiency.
Initial funding for the project has been provided for one-year, but the agreement between the partners will be valid for five years, offering the possibility of a longer-term health program with broader coverage, Ooredoo said.
Starting in December, Pact will extend clinical services to an area currently served under an existing community health and livelihoods project implemented by Pact.
The Ooredoo Mobile Health Clinics Initiative provides healthcare services in rural areas that do not have easy access to medical facilities. Launched in partnership with the Leo Messi Foundation in 2013, the programme aims to reach two million children by 2016, focusing on Ooredoo’s markets in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.
At the signing ceremony, Ooredoo Myanmar CEO Ross Cormack and Pact Country Director Richard Harrison said this Public-Private Partnership (PPP) has “great potential” for leveraging the resources of the private sector, and the technical skills and local connectivity of the public sector to measurably improve the health and development of Myanmar people.
“We believe there is huge opportunity to promote better health for children in Myanmar,” Cormack said.