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Health care in Myanmar

Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in the world, with one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in south-east Asia.

The key challenge facing many mothers and their children is limited access to qualified antenatal and postnatal assistance. In Myanmar, over 70 per cent of deliveries are home births and of those, 43 per cent are not attended by a skilled health worker. The fact that more remote villages do not have access to health facilities at all is even more worrying.

Also, expectant mothers receive little or no advice about caring for themselves and their unborn children. When asked, only ten percent of women knew about potential pregnancy risks, and their signs.

How we are helping in Myanmar

Ma Aye Lwin and her husband Ko Kyawe Soe

The Red Cross is improving health care for mothers and children under five.

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Myanmar stories

Cho Cho Win was helped by a community health worker who sent her to hospital for a check-up during her second pregnancy. The baby was then born in hospital.

when a birth went wrong in her village, volunteer midwife Mar Lar Win stepped up to save a mother’s life.

Having worked as a midwife for 18 months, Dau Kin has first-hand experience of the health challenges that face pregnant women and children.

Chaw Su Hlaing and her husband lost their first baby when he was only two days old. Now, Chaw Su Hlaing is now three and a half months into her second pregnancy.


Myanmar blogs

Laughing baby being lifted up by a woman

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