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Maternal health care improves in Myanmar: Report


Young children in a village a few miles outside of Sittwe in Rakhine State. Photo: Seng Mai

Progress has been reported in helping Myanmar’s most vulnerable, namely in the field of maternal health.

The 3MDG Fund 2015 Annual Report, which was released June 10, shows that the Fund, working in close cooperation with the Myanmar Ministry of Health, continues to make a significant, nationwide and timely contribution to improving the health of the people of Myanmar and the systems and structures that will enable the country to achieve universal health coverage.

Since it was established in 2012, 3MDG has expanded critical maternal, newborn and child health services to 4.5 million people. It has enabled almost 100,000 pregnant women to access skilled care for childbirth, and has funded more than 28,000 emergency referrals for pregnant women. 

In real terms, that means that a pregnant woman in townships that are supported by 3MDG, some of which are in remote or conflict-affected areas, now has a considerably better chance to survive birth complications and for her baby to be born healthy. According to the report, the woman will have a better chance to get the professional ante-natal care she needs, to give birth assisted by a skilled attendant, or be sent to a hospital if needed. She receives this free-of-charge, so her family is not pushed further into poverty by catastrophic healthcare costs.

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