World Disability Report & Workshop on Reproductive Health for People with Disabilities

H.E. Prof Pe Thet Khin, Minister for Health viewing the Mini-Exhibition on the activities of the Disability & Reproductive Health programme in Myanmar.

The launching ceremony for “World Disability Report & Workshop on Reproductive Health for People with Disabilities” was conducted at the Ministry of Health in Nay Pyi Taw on 24 November 2011. It was attended by H.E. Professor Pe Thet Khin, Union Minister for Health, H.E. Dr. Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health, H.E. Dr. Win Myint, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health, Directors General from Departments under the Ministry of Health, officials from the Ministry of Health, President of Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association, President from Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation, Director General from Ministry of Education, Officials from WHO, Officials from Department of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Ministry of Education, and special invitees, representatives from two national organizations of people with disabilities: Shwe Min Thar Foundation and Myanmar Physically Handicapped Association, attended the launching ceremony.

The opening speech was delivered by H.E. Professor Pe Thet Khin, Union Minister for Health which was followed by a welcoming address by Ms Alana Margaret Officer, Coordinator, Disability & Rehabilitation, WHO HQ This was followed by viewing of power point slides of the World Disability Report. Next H.E. Union Minister and guests viewed the mini exhibition on the activities of the Disability & Reproductive Health programme in Myanmar.

A seminar was conducted next in which Ms Alana Margaret Officer, WHO HQ, presented the global status of disability. This was followed by a brief discussion by two disabled persons on their experiences as disabled persons. The main event closed with a general discussion on disability and reproductive health providing an opportunity to exchange on existing activities and current challenges.

The third part was the Workshop on Reproductive Health for People with Disabilities. It was attended by 50 partcipants and elaborated over two days a vision for disability and inclusive reproductive health services in Myanmar, as well as priorities, areas for action, expected outcomes, activities and indicators. At the conclusion of the workshop, recommendations were drafted for the way forward for both the Disability programme as well as the Reproductive Health Programme.

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