Politicians no longer to head Maternal and Child Welfare Association
AN amendment to the law that defines the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association means that it will no longer be run by individuals with political ties, a Union minister announced at a Amyotha Hluttaw session yesterday.
The association, which was formed in 1990, aims to improve the quality of life and opportunity available to mothers and children across the country.
According to the law that formed the association, it was meant to be run by the wives of the administrators and leaders across the country.
MP Daw Ei Ei Pyone (NLD; Ayeyarwady 8) questioned this arrangement at the hluttaw session.
Union Minister U Myint Htwe agreed that the association needed to be more independent.
“The Ministry of Health and Sports is making sure that the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association is isolated and free of political connection, so that it can perform well and do more than it is doing right now,” he said.
The organisation’s chair and central council posts will be held by volunteers who do not work in government and retirees who are looking to give back to the community, he said.
Some of the retirees will have served in the government, he said.
Currently, the law that determines the leadership of the association is being amended by the Office of the Attorney General, he said.