Friday, November 23, 2012

UNICEF scales-up response, calls for stronger combat against child malnutrition in Rakhine State

Rakhine State, MYANMAR, 23 November 2012 - While precise information about nutrition levels in Myanmar’s Rakhine State is still difficult to obtain, UNICEF is very concerned about the extent and severity of child malnutrition, which has been exacerbated by the ongoing conflict.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Comprehensive Education Sector Review in Myanmar Sets the Path for Improving Quality of Education

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Myanmar, 8 November 2012: The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar together with development partners officially launched a Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR) in the Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw on 23 October 2012.  The launching ceremony was chaired by the Deputy Minister of Education H.E Dr. Myo Myint and co-chaired by UNICEF Representative Mr Ramesh Shrestha and Mr Chris Elstoft, Assistant Director General of AusAID’s Mekong, Philippine, Myanmar and Regional Branch. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

UNICEF and the Government of Myanmar Sign Renewed Basic Cooperation Agreement

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar,7 November 2012:  The Government of Myanmar and UNICEF today signed the Basic Cooperation Agreement (BCA) that forms the basis and foundation of UNICEF’s development cooperation and country programmes in Myanmar.

UNICEF Supports the First Ever Mine Risk Education Workshop in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 7 November 2012:  UNICEF and the Department of Social Welfare, the Ministry of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement, together with Danish Church Aid inaugurated a workshop on Mine Risk Education and Humanitarian Mine Action in Nay Pyi Taw from 7 to 9 November 2012.  The international workshop is the first of its kind held in the country to exchange ideas, experiences and lessons to strengthen common knowledge and advance the Mine Action agenda in Myanmar.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Myanmar Launches New Vaccine to Strengthen Combat Against Major Childhood Illnesses

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 6 November 2012: In a landmark move to improve child health, Myanmar’s Ministry of Health today officially introduced a new vaccine to protect children against five potentially life-threatening diseases.  Introduction of the Penta valent vaccine marks a milestone in Myanmar’s child immunization. It was announced in a ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Health with WHO and UNICEF.

The inaugural of the Penta valent vaccine was presided by the Minister of Health H. E. Dr. Phe Thet Khin. WHO Representative Dr. Herbert Tennakoon and UNICEF Myanmar Chief of Health Dr. Marinus Gotink and Mr. Dagfinn Hoybraten, Chairman of the Board for GAVI, also spoke at the event.

The introduction of the new vaccine records an important stride in terms of Myanmar Government’s commitment to combat vaccine preventable diseases through co-financing of the vaccines to the amount of US$ 5 million over the next 5 years.

By combining Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Hib vaccines, Penta valent helps prevent five infections more effectively among children under five years of age. The Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine is an important addition to strengthen routine immunization and to improve child health. Children of Myanmar would now be protected against by five antigens with a single shot during routine immunization.

This will not only have a positive impact on child health, but would also save families the costs for health care; also save time and labour of health workers that can contribute to more effective and systematic management of the Myanmar immunization programme.
Penta valent vaccine is made available to the children of Myanmar with the support of GAVI Alliance, a Geneva-based public-private partnership that helps improve health in the world’s poorest countries. The introduction of new vaccine is through the partnership between the Government of Myanmar, WHO, UNICEF and the GAVI Alliance and other partners and civil society.

Myanmar now joins the list of 179 countries where Haemophilus influenzae type b has become part of national immunization schedules. Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) remains a leading cause of childhood bacterial meningitis and pneumonia, and can cause other serious infections for which children aged between 4 to 18 months are most at risk.