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March 22, 2018

Signing of Grant Agreement with Myanmar: Supporting improvements in medical services through the construction of a specialist hospital and the provision of equipment for cardiovascular diseases

photosigning ceremony

On March 22, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital city, to provide grant aid of up to 8.661 billion yen for the Project for the Construction of New Yangon Specialist Hospital.

The project will relocate four clinical departments (Neurosurgery, Neuro Medicine, Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology) of Yangon General Hospital, a top referral hospital of Myanmar, construct the facilities of a specialist hospital to treat cardiovascular patients, and provide the specialist hospital with equipment. This initiative will contribute to an improvement in the medical services for cardiovascular disease patients.

With changes in lifestyles in recent years, non-communicable diseases have become a leading cause of deaths, now accounting for 59 percent of deaths. Of those non-communicable diseases, cardiovascular diseases such as ischemic heart disease and cerebral strokes are responsible for 25 percent of deaths, the highest percentage of any non-communicable disease. Despite this trend, the medical facilities that can diagnose and treat such diseases are limited, and even at Yangon General Hospital, which was established in 1899 as the top referral hospital in the Yangon region, can provide only limited diagnostic and treatment services due to aging and insufficient facilities. As such, the rising number of patients cannot be adequately cared for.

By establishing a new specialist hospital, the project will make it possible to treat more outpatients and inpatients, reduce the wait time for treatment and surgery, and make advanced heart disease and neurosurgical operations possible. In addition to this project, JICA is carrying out technical cooperation to develop medical human resources and strengthen the health system, comprehensively working to improve the health care services in Myanmar.

[Basic project information]
Country Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Project title The Project for the Construction of New Yangon Specialist Hospital
Planned implementation period 48 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency Ministry of Health and Sports
Target region, facilities New Yangon Specialist Hospital
Specific project details (provisional) (1) Facility improvements, equipment procurement
Facilities: New hospital facilities (seven-story building, total floor area: 27,187 square meters, 316 beds)
Details:
Outpatient department, emergency unit, diagnostic imaging department, laboratory unit, education, central sterile and supply department, surgical unit, angiography unit, ICU (20 beds), ward (296 beds)
Equipment: Angiography system, CT scanner, X-ray machine, high pressure steam sterilizers, hand scrub station, laboratory tables

(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction and procurement supervision, assistance service for equipment procurement by the Myanmar government. (As guidance in managing the facilities) guidance, including for strengthening the medical equipment maintenance and management system.

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