DFID’s health programmes in Burma

Burma is one of the poorest countries in Asia, with significant health need and challenges of access and capacity. We examine DFID’s £110 million health spending in Burma over 2010-15.

Score: Green
  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 16 July 2013
  3. Type: Other
  4. Subject: Country focus, Global health
  5. Assessment: Green
  6. Location: Burma, Thailand
  7. Lead commissioner: Mark Foster


Burma (also known as Myanmar) is a fragile state and has a long history of political unrest and armed conflict. Following elections in 2010, the country is now undergoing rapid change. The UK is the largest international donor to Burma. It spends almost half of its Burma expenditure on health, £110 million over the period 2010-15.

This review assesses whether the Department for International Development (DFID) is achieving impact and value for money in Burma through its aid to the health sector.

As a result of our findings we awarded a green score and made four recommendations.


Review publication

Published 16 July 2013

Government response

Published 9 August 2013

ICAI follow-up

Published 18 June 2015