By May Sudhinaraset , PhD. This post is a part of the recent PSI report “Private Sector Healthcare in Myanmar: Evidence from the ‘Sun’ Social Franchise.” See the full series here.
The Sun Quality Health (SQH) social franchise program networks private clinicians, with the goal of serving low-income populations in urban and peri-urban areas across Myanmar. A study published in 2013 by Montagu and colleagues found that the population served in SQH clinics reflects the poorest populations in urban Myanmar. In rural areas, no difference in socioeconomic status, as defined by asset wealth scores, existed between the general population and SQH clinics.
The TB prevalence rate is higher in urban areas compared to rural areas, and thus more case detection activities are in place to target urban patients. SQH providers expanded their services to include TB diagnosis and treatment in 2004, and people come in to the SQH system in a number of ways: through word-of-mouth, community education campaigns, and referrals. Other activities include community-based TB screening events and incentive schemes to promote referrals from local drug sellers and others to the franchise network.Read More ›