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“Health justice for all: A capabilities framework for health system development in the conflict-affected context of Myanmar”

May 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am UTC+1

Speaker: Dr Sharon Bell, The Workshop, New Zealand

Wednesday May 12th, 2021

09:00 to 10:00 in London

13:30 to 14:30 in Delhi

20:00 to 21:00 in Wellington

The event will take place through Zoom. Please register through Eventbrite in order to receive a link to the meeting.

The Webinar: Conflict is a leading risk to development progress and fragile and conflict-affected contexts have high rates of poverty and limited access to crucial services such as healthcare.

Myanmar is such a context, facing critical shortages in its health services leading to significant health inequities for ethnic communities. Ethnic non-state armed groups have formed regimes which seek self-determination as well as to establish alternative health systems in parallel to the state system to improve the wellbeing of their people.

This webinar considers how the capability approach can be operationalised in conflict-affected contexts to better navigate the ongoing challenge of addressing health inequalities and working towards health justice for conflict-affected communities. It draws on a qualitative case study of a partnership between an international non-governmental organisation and an ethnic non-state armed group in a health workforce training programme in Shan State, Myanmar. The programme has supported the desire of the group for autonomy from the state health system and led to promising improvements in health outcomes in communities. However, it now faces further obstacles with the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing disruption from the military coup in February 2021.

Speaker’s Bio: Sharon is a social science researcher and practitioner committed to wellbeing and justice. She currently manages the research programme at The Workshop, a not-for-profit research

and communications organisation based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her PhD from Massey University (2018) explored health justice, capabilities, and health system development for communities in the conflict-affected context of Shan State, Myanmar. She maintains a keen interest in these topics and is closely following developments in Myanmar with the COVID-19 pandemic and the February 2021 coup.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Giulia, Margarita, Paul and Toon (Health and Disability Thematic Group co-ordinators)


May 12, 2021
9:00 am - 10:00 am UTC+1
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