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 Myanmar Red Cross, with support from the British Red Cross, is tackling this issue through a five-year programme (2012 – 2017), which is improving health care for mothers and children under five.
The Red Cross is working with 78 communities to provide maternal and child health services. This will include:
- better access to pre- and postnatal care for mothers in remote regions
- provision of delivery equipment to rural health centres
- training for over 60 midwives and 30 health care professionals
- promotion of better dietary practice for mothers and children through educational materials.
Basic knowledge around issues, such as the importance of breastfeeding and the ability to detect signs of risk during pregnancy, can prevent disease and even death.
The Red Cross is training expectant and new mothers on how to identify risks, treat common communicable diseases, reduce malnutrition and improve feeding practices.
Working in partnership with local health clinics and community decision makers, the Red Cross is helping improve the health care mothers and children receive, now and in the future.