Works begin to launch first comprehensive survey for HIV affected households in MyanmarAug 12, 2013
Nay Pyi Taw – First nation-wide survey will be launched in mid-October to study socioeconomic impact of HIV on people living with HIV in Myanmar. A large-scale study to assess the socioeconomic impact of HIV at the household level has never been conducted in Myanmar as yet. According to a preliminary study of UNDP conducted in 2012 socioeconomic burdens among HIV-affected households is high.
“One of the notable weaknesses of the responses to HIV is inadequate understanding of and attention to the impact of the HIV epidemic on people living with HIV, and absence of appropriate remedial measures. This comprehensive study will help to have deeper understanding and provide recommendations on impact mitigation to strengthen national strategies on HIV/AIDS, poverty reduction and social protection,” U Maung Maung Kyaw, UNDP’s programme analyst in Myanmar said.
In addition, the study will assess extent of disabilities among people living with HIV. The study will be implemented by UNDP in partnership with Ministry of Health, relevant national and international partners, civil society organisations and academic institutions. Proposed study will be built upon the tried and tested methodology from UNDP’s previous 5 such studies in Asia, making adequate adjustments to unique contexts and needs of Myanmar as well as incorporating findings and lessons from the preliminary study and other relevant studies.
The study will look at various socioeconomic impacts of HIV such as employment and income, consumption, savings and assets, education, health, migration, and access to information, treatment, support and care.
Alex Nyi Nyi Aung, Communications Analyst