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With low public health expenditure, as percentage of GDP at approx. 0.02% in 2010 - 2012, the people of Myanmar rely heavily on support from international donors.

During 2009 – 2012, Denmark supported the Three Diseases Fund (3DF), a multi-donor fund established in 2006 after the Global Fund had withdrawn from Myanmar, with an aim to reduce the burden of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in the country. Following the return of the Global Fund to Myanmar in 2011 and most of the 3DF activities were taken over by the Global Fund, 3DF was succeeded by the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG) in 2012. 3MDG aims to improve access to basic health care for women and children through a rights based approach. The fund is in particular to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in areas that are not covered by the Global Fund and strengthen capacity in the health sector.


                       (Photo: 3MDG)


Denmark has so far contributed in total DKK 55 million to 3MDG. The Fund will continue operating until at least 2017 with no further contribution from Denmark. Apart from the health multi-donor fund, Denmark has also been working with a few selected INGOs within the health sector which cover activities that support and complement the work carried out by the 3MDG. These include Population Service International (PSI) and Save the Children. Activities implemented by these partners are due by mid-2016. Owing to the return of the Global Fund and the wide range of coverage of 3MDG as well as the government’s commitment in improving public health system, it has been decided that Health will not be included among the thematic areas for Denmark – Myanmar Country Programme 2016-2020.  


Peter Lysholt Hansen


Aticha Wongwian