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Myanmar - maternal health and educational activities in Irrawaddy Delta

Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. With public health spending at 1.8% of GDP, health infrastructure is underdeveloped. High perinatal mortality rates for women (200 per 100,000 live births in 2013) and infants (39.8 per 1000 live births in 2013) are a problem.

The people of the Ayeyarwady Region are a poor farming and fishing community, mainly engaged in rice farming. Due to geographical conditions, the region has very poorly developed infrastructure. At the same time, it is a very densely populated area. Hence, a great challenge for the region is to provide effective prenatal, perinatal and postnatal care, including, in particular, access to medicines, vaccines and skilled help during childbirth.

Training and the launching of so-called mobile clinics will improve the quality of medical care and increase its coverage.

Myanmar - maternal health and educational activities in Irrawaddy Delta

The project will run from March to December 2016 in the Ayeyarwady delta region. The contractor is the Polish Medical Mission Association in partnership with Sonne International.

The project will involve the conduct of training for medical and non-medical staff in local medical centres in the region. Home visits will be carried out to provide obstetric care and to monitor children's health. In addition, delivery kits, surgical instruments and first aid kits will be purchased.

The main aim of the project is to improve the health of women in the perinatal period, as well as of infants and children, and to improve access to medical care. The aim is also to increase health awareness in reproductive health.

The project was addressed to the community of the Ayeyarwady delta, especially to pregnant women and children. An indirect beneficiary were also the local staff of various medical units.

Myanmar - maternal health and educational activities in Irrawaddy Delta

The project was carried out from 1 March to 31 December 2016.

Project activities consisted of conducting practical training for more than 100 midwives working in hard-to-reach villages in the region (training was carried out using a birth simulator). The team of the Polish Medical Mission reached nine village medical centres in the Wakema Township district. A total of over 1,200 patients, including about 900 children and 300 pregnant women received health treatment and tests. Medical equipment (including an incubator, foetal heart rate detectors, nebulizers, oxygen concentrators, a neonatal resuscitation station, caesarean surgical kits, delivery kits, first aid kits) was distributed to project sites.

In addition, trainees received educational materials, including posters and brochures, that enable midwives to more effectively communicate their knowledge to their patients.