City project

Expanding quality palliative care services

Increase access to and quality of palliative care services in Yangon City
Completion as of Mar 31, 2023
Project lead
Prof Dr Khin Cho Win

The challenge

The Yangon City situation analysis report notes that the standard of palliative care practice is variable and the majority of patients do not have access to high-quality, culturally responsive care when and where they need it, due to the limited number of services.
There is only one palliative care clinic in Yangon City, which has limited HR personnel and resources under the governance of Yangon General Hospital. The U Hla Tun Cancer Foundation, a hospice, has been running since 1998. Neither resource-appropriate guidelines nor SOPs exist for service provision of palliative care in Yangon.

The goal

To increase access to and quality of palliative care services in Yangon City.


A local multidisciplinary and inter-institutional team was assembled to coordinate the development of the different project outputs, in consultation with local and external experts nominated by the technical cooperation partners of City Cancer Challenge (C/Can). The final outputs will be endorsed by the City Executive Committee and the relevant authorities for implementation.


* Project paused due to the current political situation in Myanmar.


  • Plan for the expansion of palliative care services at different levels of facility.
  • Guidelines for cancer pain management.


Project Coordinator
Prof Dr Khin Cho Win, Head of Department of Radiation Oncology, Yangon General Hospital
Project team
Dr Wah Wah Myint Zu (Radiation Oncologist and Palliative Care Specialist), YGH (Activity Coordinator)
Dr Thazin Win, Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist, North Oakkalarpa General and Teaching Hospital
Dr Yin Thu Win, Senior Consultant Radiation Oncologist, YGH
Dr Tint Myo Hnin, Senior Consultant Paediatric Haemato-oncologist, Yangon Children’s Hospital
Dr Hein Tay Zar Soe, Consultant Medical Oncologist, No (2) Military Hospital
U Tun Lin, Medical Social Worker, Yangon General Hospital
Daw Tin Tin Khaing, Senior Nurse, Yangon General Hospital
Daw Chaw Kalayar, Senior Nurse, Yangon General Hospital
Daw Chaw Kalayar, Finance Director, U Hla Htun Hospice
U Ohn Myint, Administrative Officer, U Hla Htun Hospice

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