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[Editorial] Myanmar: can a new government give health to the people?

Last week’s general election in Myanmar brought an end to more than 50 years of military rule (incorporating a nominally civilian government since 2011). The incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, brings a historical opportunity to move administration away from military dominance and to return health to the people. Myanmar is a rural and ethnically diverse country of extreme poverty, with one of the most poorly funded state health-care systems in the world. The 2014 census confirmed a population of 51·4 million people, and a recent Lancet paper noted a maternal mortality ratio of 178 per 100 000 livebirths in 2015.