Sun Quality Health Network, Myanmar
Sun Quality Health Network, Myanmar
Not-for-profitYear launched: 2001
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Family planning and reproductive health
- Malaria and other vector borne diseases
- Primary care
SummaryThe Sun network was launched by Population Services International in Myanmar in 2001. It is a franchise of licensed private sector general practitioners and community health care workers that serve low-income clients. There are approximately 3,800 franchise members. Services include newborn and pedi
The goal of the Sun Network is to provide high-quality health services and products to low-income communities by leveraging the country's existing private sector general practitioners.
Key program components
Sun Quality Health: is a franchised network of 1,594 private doctors, 57 diagnostic professionals, 2,145 community health workers, and 5 counselors or social workers committed to improving the health status of low-income populations through their clinics. As members of the network, these doctors participate in intensive, disease-specific trainings. Population Services International monitors Sun doctors monthly to address challenges, collect data, and restock products. Sun doctors are supplied with subsidized health products and education materials for clients.
Sun Primary Health: was introduced in 2008 to narrow the equity gap by bringing quality health services closer to poor, underserved and remote rural communities. Currently there are more than 2,000 active Sun Primary Health providers across the country that are offering basic health services; issuing referrals to other facilities, as necessary; selling health products, and implementing delivering behavior change communications. The network increases rural coverage of health services to prevent, diagnosis, and treat malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, and tuberculosis, as well as to offer a range of family planning methods.
The franchise works by networking established private sector providers -- namely auxiliary midwives, retired nurses, teachers, farmers, and housewives -- who are trained and supported to deliver services according to a fee-for-service model. Network members receive training, subsidized health products for high priority services, and supportive supervision visits to ensure quality service. Franchise members benefit from these activities and from the branding associated with the network, resulting in increased business from their non-franchised services as well as the ability to serve poor clients with subsidized products under the franchise arrangements.
Achievements: Since its inception, the Sun network has shown that social franchising can effectively target high-quality and affordable reproductive health services to low-income women. The Sun Quality Health and Sun Primary Health network has approximately 3,360 franchise members throughout Myanmar, demonstrating that franchising can work at scale in resource-challenged environments. Sun franchise members provide about 13 percent of the national total of family planning services and treat 16 percent of the national total registered tuberculosis cases. Providers have achieved the following:
Conducted nearly 11 million reproductive health consultations
Diagnosed and treated more than 520,000 malaria cases
Diagnosed and treated nearly 400,000 sexually transmitted cases
Diagnosed and treated more than 470,000 pneumonia cases
Detected, registered and commenced treatment (directly observed therapy, short course) more than 137,000 tuberculosis cases.
Quality assurance and monitoring methods include site visits, internal clinical audits, mystery client surveys, client follow-up interv