Journal article

Partnerships for Universal Health Coverage in Myanmar: Power and Politics within 'Immunisation Encounters' in Kayah State and Kayin State

Anne Decobert

The Journal of Development Studies | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emphasise the importance of partnerships in achieving targets like Universal Health Coverage. But how can partnerships between non-state and state actors be established, and what development and political ramifications might they have, within protracted conflict situations? In Myanmar’s Kayah State and Kayin State, decades-long conflict resulted in parallel health systems operating under Ethnic Armed Organisations. In recent years, non-state and state health workers in both areas have forged partnerships to implement an Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI). These endeavours demonstrate that partnerships are permeated with power relations and devel..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant.