Ooredoo partners NGO to bring telemedicine to Myanmar

Natalie Bannerman
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Ooredoo Myanmar and Pact launch telemedicine service in Myanmar to connect residents in rural areas with healthcare services

Ooredoo Myanmar is partnering with Pact, an international non-governmental organisation (NGO), to launch Myanmar's first telemedicine service.

The collaboration comes on the back of the Mobile Health Clinics project, an initiative between Ooredoo and Pact launched in 2014 to provide mobile health clinic services in central Myanmar. Under this new project, the telemedicine service uses Ooredoo’s telecommunication network between patients and doctors, using trained health care volunteers on mobile devices connected to the Ooredoo network.

The company has said that the new telemedicine service bridges the gap between visits to the mobile clinic service, creating continuity of contact between patients and doctors and effective referral services. In addition, the service aims to help hard to reach communities, providing them with the opportunity to consult with doctors and receive first line support as quickly as possible.

Basic services available through the Mobile Health Clinics project include basic health care, maternal and child care, as well as child nutrition services in Madaya township, central Myanmar. 

Oordeoo also offers a mobile alert service. Through word of mouth direct alert recipients are able to create awareness of free and accessible healthcare services to their family, friends and neighbours. The telemedicine service is being rolled out to 15 villages in the region. 

Chris Peirce, chief legal and regulatory officer of Ooredoo Myanmar, said: “As a telecom operator in Myanmar, we are passionate about the ability of our technology to enable human growth in the communities we operate in. And we also want to become an integral part of the nation’s daily life. Therefore, we partner with Pact Myanmar to provide funds for mobile clinic services and now telemedicine services by using our telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical consultations from a distance. This waves burdens of transportation difficulties, high costs for the villagers to access health facilities to get basic healthcare services.”