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HEALTH AND NUTRITION

Health and nutrition are key concerns in the country, especially for women and children. The maternal mortality rate in Myanmar is 227 deaths per 100,000 live births, compared to 140 deaths per 100,000 live births in Southeast Asia overall. Children are dying from preventable causes, especially pneumonia and diarrheal disease, with deaths among children in rural areas almost twice as high as in urban zones. Only 55% of children age 12-23 months receive all basic vaccinations1 and 53% of deaths in children under 5 are in the first month of life. The majority of newborn deaths are due to preterm births and low birth weight, with 63% of births taking place at home.3 Both access to health services and the quality of care received are key issues to be addressed. In Myanmar, stunting, wasting and underweight rates among children under five are 29%, 7%, and 19%, respectively, showing little improvement since 2009.3 Most children age 6-59 months are anemic (58%), and only 16% of children age 6-23 months are fed according to the minimum acceptable dietary standards.3 All these data hide large geographic variations linked to inequity.

Myanmar also has among the highest location-specific HIV prevalence rates in the Asia-Pacific region, as high as 28.5% in key populations. In addition to the 11,000 new HIV infections per year, Myanmar is among the top 30 countries in the world for tuberculosis (TB), multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB and HIV/TB co-infection. Although Myanmar has made significant progress in addressing malaria, it has the highest malaria burden in the Greater Mekong Region and drug-resistant strains pose a risk to containing the disease.

Girls in Kayin dresses 2 - Myanmar

Our Goals 2019-2021

STRATEGIC GOAL 1: CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE PROTECTED FROM PREVENTABLE DISEASES AND CAUSES OF DEATH THROUGH EQUITABLE ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE

FOCUSING ON: Children in first 1,000 days, and under-5 children living in the most marginalized and poor regions affected by conflict.

STRATEGIC GOAL 2: GIRLS AND BOYS ARE SUPPORTED TO ACHIEVE OPTIMAL HEALTH, GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT    

FOCUSING ON: Children in first 1,000 days, and under-5 children living in the most marginalized and poor regions affected by conflict.

STRATEGIC GOAL 3: MYANMAR COMMUNITIES ARE EMPOWERED TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM HIV, TB AND MALARIA

FOCUSING ON: For HIV, young people, particularly in urban areas. For injecting drug use, primarily rural. For TB, children under five, and for malaria, children in ethnic minority communities and conflict-affected areas will be prioritised.

Staff and children going to school - Myanmar