Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal
Correspondences :
Myanamr Health Research Registration 2020; 1(1): 49-49.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.34299/mhsrj.00967

Translation of Research Evidence into Policy and Practice: A Success Story of Operational Research on TB Self Help Groups in Myanmar

Saw Saw

Special Issue May 2020

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INTRODUCTION
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Empowering TB patients is one of the STOP TB strategies. However, the idea of forming TB Self Help Groups (TB-SHGs) and how to motivate TB patients to remain in SHGs after treatment completion is the challenging. World Vision Myanmar (WVM) has established SHGs in collaboration with National TB Programme (NTP) in Myanmar since 2010. 

An operational research study which aimed to identify potential areas for possible interventions for better development of SHGs was conducted in Thanbyuzayat Township in Mon State and Hlinethaya Township in Yangon Region in which seven TB SHGs were formed. Findings of the baseline and endline assessments (2010-2011) were disseminated for policy makers at different levels: township level, regional level and central level. Flyers that comprised key findings in plain Myanmar language were distributed for SHG members. 

The evidence-based intervention covered training of SHG members on advocacy for TB, establishing strong linkages with the public sector, acknowledging SHG activities by local authority and public staff, and providing livelihood training and support for household economy. The SHG members used flyers as their advocacy tools. Those with the lifespan of membership over six months (92%) proved their continuing involvement in SHGs after completing their treatment. 

The NTP used evidence-based findings for the development of national guidelines for TB patient empowerment extended to other townships in 2012. In conclusion, key factors for enhancing utilization of research findings and making evidence- based policy and practice included well-coordinated researchers, implementers and decision makers from the very beginning of the study, engagement of SHGs in planning, implementation and evaluation stages, wide dissemination of research findings at all levels by using appropriate communication strategies and last but not the least was by sharing credits among all research team members. 




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ACKNOWLEDGMENT
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CONFLICT OF INTEREST
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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.



REFERENCES
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  1. Saw Saw, Wai Wai Han, Tin Mi Mi Khaing, Nay Htut Ko Ko, Thandar Lwin & Naing. Effectiveness and role of TB patient Self Help Groups in TB control activities in Myanmar: An Operational Research. 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 2012 Nov 13-17.
  2. Saw Saw, Wai Wai Han, Thandar Min, Aye Win Khaing, Soe Moe Myat, Hla Thida Tun et al. Translation of Research into Policy and Practice: A case study of collaborative Operational Research among DMR (LM), National TB Programme and World Vision Myanmar. Poster presented at 50th Anni-versary of DMR (LM); 2013 June 10.