Three Millennium Development Goals Fund (3MDG)

Three Millennium Development Goals Fund (3MDG)

The fund has a nationwide impact, and it is providing access to health care for some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities and strengthening national health systems. That means working with the Ministry of Health to develop health services that make a real difference for people in need.

Dr Paul Sender, 3MDG Fund Director.


Myanmar suffers from high maternal and child mortality. At least 2 400 pregnant women and 70 000 children die each year, largely from preventable causes. Among specific diseases, the leading causes of death and illness for all members of the population are tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS. There are significant inequalities in health status and in access to affordable, quality health care, especially in rural areas and among the most vulnerable populations. A range of health system challenges undermine the capacity of the public sector to deliver basic health care.


  • Improving maternal and newborn child health.
  • Combating HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
  • Strengthening Health Systems at all levels.


  • Until June 2015, 4.4 million people in Myanmar have been reached.
  • 75 636 women have been visited four times for antenatal care.
  • 115 018 people have been treated for confirmed malaria.
  • 78 health facilities have participated in the midwifery education and training strengthening programme.


  • EC contribution: € 27 500 000
  • 7 donors have committed more than 242 million euros to the Fund until end of 2017
  • 3,5 million people are reached by 3MDG's activities in maternal and newborn health, child health, immunization, nutrition and health promotion



Safe delivery in Ayeyarwady Region

Ma San Hmwe is a 33-year-old mother of one living in Baw Sa Kaing Village, NgaPuDaw Township, Ayeyarwady Region. A number of years ago, Ma San Hmwe lost her first child shortly after delivery. She did not receive any antenatal care and delivered at home. “Since then, I was afraid of having another child,” she said.

But then Ma San Hmwe attended a 3MDG-funded health education session. “I realized that not knowing how to take proper care of myself and not having my child delivered by a skilled attendant was the problem so I decided to consult with a health worker in the future,” she said. When she suffered from high blood pressure during her second pregnancy, it was detected by her midwife who tried to bring it down with anti-hypertensive drugs, but when that failed Ma San Hmwe was referred to a local hospital with the equipment to ensure a successful delivery.

3MDG funding for emergency referrals meant that she was reimbursed for her travel, food and medical expenses. “When I returned from the hospital, the midwife provided care for me and care for my baby. Without 3MDG support, I do not think that I could have delivered my baby safely and be alive right now.”

In the first six months of 2015, 6 572 pregnant woman used emergency referrals funded by 3MDG.