HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
UNICEF to spend $200m on women, children to 2015

By Kyaw Hsu Mon, Myanmar Times

1198 days ago   Article ID# 1365333
Original URL

 

United Nations Children's Fund

YANGON, BURMA (Myanmar Times) - The United Nations Children’s Fund will spend almost US$200 million to 2015 on health and education projects targeted at women and children, a senior official says.

UNICEF country representative Mr Ramesh Shrestha told The Myanmar Times in Bago on December 7 that a major focus of the 2011-2015 programs was reducing infant and child mortality, which is one of the Millennium Development Goals. The programs also include sanitation, child protection and education.

UNICEF is also assisting departments and ministries to conduct national surveys of the health and education situation in regards to women and children.

“And also we are also happy to help the Ministry of Health with vaccines for children next year. We will spend $1.3 million to buy vaccines,” he said.

Mr Shrestha was speaking at the regional launch of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2009-10, which was compiled in cooperation with Ministry of Health and Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development.

The survey collected data from more than 29,000 households, including more than 39,000 women aged 15 to 49, in all states and regions.

Speaking at the launch, Bago Region Chief Minister U Nyan Win said the data would help to support government poverty alleviation efforts.

“For this survey, we reviewed all the data from government departments and other organisations. I am sure this survey will help improve the future for our women and children but we will have to do more to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Fore the next four years, we will especially have to focus on education and health,” he said.

Mr Shrestha said the survey showed “that there are improvements on many aspects of child well-being”.

“This national survey also identified areas where no changes were recorded. In some indicators there were slight declines, which shows that there is still more work to be done to improve the situation of children and women,” he said.

He later told The Myanmar Times: “We will continue working with related government ministries for women and children in Myanmar. Especially, we are interested to work with the Ministry of Health because the survey found that many children die in the first four weeks after birth. If we can improve this it will save many children’s lives,” he said.

A particular issue was collecting data in rural areas of Kachin, Chin and Shan states.

“The data shows that we need to make more progress in these areas,” he said.

The survey found that 22.6pc of Myanmar children aged under five years are moderately underweight, while 5.6pc are severely underweight. The infant mortality rate is estimated at 37.5 per 1000 live births, with both infant and under-five morality rates higher in rural than urban areas.

Copyright 2015 Myanmar Times   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1198 days ago   Article ID# 1365333

United Nations Children's Fund    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Unite For Children News

Measures to safeguard schools in Ebola-hit Liberia point to need for continued vigilance

20 hours ago From unicef.org 

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - ...

UNICEF continues to offer vital aid to children in Yemen

47 hours ago From philstar.com 

MANDALUYONG CITY, PHILIPPINES - ...

Lucy Liu is on a mission to help children worldwide

3 days ago From people.com 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - ...

South Sudan frees hundreds of child soldiers, including 9-year old girl

4 days ago From mintpressnews.com 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - ...

Thalía joins UNICEF children's rights initiative 'Imagine'

4 days ago From latintimes.com 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To World News

Action Center

Obama: Reject KXL once and for all

Action: Climate Change

President Obama has pledged to veto the Keystone XL bill being pushed through Congress by climate-denying conservatives. But ...

Struggle to save the scaly pangolin

Action: Wildlife Conservation

With its scaly exterior, peculiar body shape and propensity for rolling into an armored ball when threatened, the pangolin ha ...

Deforestation rises in the Amazon again

Action: Stop Deforestation

One thing everyone agrees on (if you're not a logging, palm oil, soy or cattle company) is that preserving what's left of the ...

America's biggest methane plume -- Take action

Action: Stop Pollution

This past fall NASA scientists discovered a large red blob on a national map hovering over northwest New Mexico -- a problem, ...

Beach litter putting wildlife at risk

Action: Save Our Oceans

A study by the Marine Conservation Society revealed an increase in the amount of rubbish on the shores, with the number of we ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.