Politi­cians no longer to head Ma­ter­nal and Child Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion

The Myanmar Times - - News - – Pyae Thet Phyo, trans­la­tion by San Layy

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.

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