In Myanmar, inadequate access to sexual health information and services has contributed to inconsistent, underdeveloped family planning and HIV prevention efforts. Maternal mortality is high for the region, at 178 deaths per 100,000 live births, and heavily impacts women from rural areas.
DKT Myanmar was established in 2014 with the programmatic goals of introducing new contraceptives to the market, increasing understanding and acceptance of family planning and expanding the availability of family planning products across the country. It began with condoms and IUDs immediately, followed by injectable contraceptives. In 2016, DKT introduced oral contraceptive pills and an emergency contraceptive, and in recent years has expanded to include injectables, implants, and lubricant. In 2019, DKT launched a misoprostol product for safe abortion care.
DKT Myanmar is growing rapidly and has established itself as the leading source of sexual and reproductive health information in the country’s vibrant digital and social media space, which young people are accessing in increasing numbers. DKT’s Thiloyarmay is a youth-friendly space where visitors can learn about relationships and reproductive health. Thiloyarmay also maps out local clinics and pharmacies to bridge young people to their contraceptive method of choice.