DKT is in the early stages of establishing a program in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Myanmar’s population is estimated at 54 million. At 200 per 100,000 live births, the maternal mortality rate is higher than in a number of other countries in the region, and there is widespread belief that this number is actually higher. More than two-thirds of Myanmar’s population lives in rural communities, and 87 percent of these maternal deaths occur in rural areas.
Absence of education surrounding family planning and reproductive health has contributed to inconsistent, underdeveloped family planning and HIV prevention efforts nationally. Sexuality is a highly taboo subject, which has led to inadequate access to information about contraceptives and other reproductive choices. In addition to high maternal mortality rate, Myanmar’s adult HIV prevalence rates one of the highest in Asia, with an estimated 200,000 people living with HIV/AIDS.
DKT Myanmar will develop programming to address these issues and provide access to a full range of affordable family-planning options. DKT anticipates introducing new contraceptive technologies and marketing approaches designed to increase understanding and acceptance of family planning and expand the availability of products and services across the country.
In their first year of sales in 2015, DKT Myanmar sold almost 700,000 condoms, more than 4,000 IUDs, contributing towards 27,443 CYPs.
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