Plan to boost chil­dren’s health­care, ed­u­ca­tion, pro­tec­tion

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­

THE Union gov­ern­ment is draw­ing up a plan to help chil­dren sur­vive and thrive, Min­istry of Plan­ning and Fi­nance di­rec­tor gen­eral Daw Whar Whar Maung told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day.

Specifics de­tails were not re­leased for the plan, which was dis­cussed at a meet­ing in Nay Pyi Taw on Oc­to­ber 21, but it in­tends to ad­dress four key pri­or­i­ties and could be im­ple­mented be­fore the end of the fis­cal year, she said.

It will aim to en­sure early child­hood health through ac­cess to nu­tri­tion, health­care, wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion, and hy­giene, as well as pro­vid­ing child­care birth reg­is­tra­tion, and uni­ver­sal cash trans­fers. Qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion will be ad­dressed. Un­der the plan, chil­dren will be pro­tected from vi­o­lence, traf­fick­ing and ex­ploita­tion, she said.

The plan’s au­thors are tak­ing ad­vice from lo­cal civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and UNICEF, Daw Whar Whar Maung said.

The Min­istry of Health and Sports, the Min­istry of So­cial Wel­fare, Re­lief and Re­set­tle­ment, and the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs will meet to dis­cuss im­ple­men­ta­tion of the plan, she said.

About one-third of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion is un­der the age of 18. Each day, be­tween 100 and 150 chil­dren un­der the age of five die in Myan­mar.

– Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

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