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Increasing capacity of health workers to provide HIV testing & counselling at rural health centres in Myanmar

KYEEMYINDINE TOWNSHIP, Yangon — Hundreds of health workers throughout Myanmar are being instructed in HIV counselling and testing, under an innovative decentralized training programme organized by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in collaboration with the National AIDS Programme. This is adding to the range of clinical skills that midwives can perform, thereby speeding up access to services. Training sessions are being conducted in May and June in 34 townships across seven states and regions. Some 1,500 midwives and health assistants from rural health centres are being trained.