News from the 3MDG Fund.
"It will, likewise, include implementation of post-miscarriage care guidelines and standard operation procedures at public sector hospitals, cervical cancer prevention and treatment, and procurement of syphilis test kits to strengthen syphilis testing among pregnant women."
Good to see postabortion care funded. And I hope that syphilis is treated as well as tested for.
Screening tests for cervical cancer do not prevent it. Only HPV vaccination does. Will some of the funding go towards HPV vaccination for women?
3MDG to give $5.13 million for nutrition, sexual health
Myint Kay Thi
30 JAN 2018
The Three Millennium Development Gold Fund (3MDG) will expand its program in Myanmar to invest in nutrition and sexual health this year, the fund said in a statement on Monday.
The 3MDG will extend its agenda to support nutrition, sexual and reproductive health and rights in 2018, contributing US$5.13 million (K6.82 billion) for these two substantial new investments, the statement said.
The new investment by 3MDG will focus on community-based nutrition such as social behavior change communication, establishing mother-to-mother support groups, and referrals. These will be especially implemented in Rakhine and Chin states, where there are nutrition challenges.
The country’s Demographic Health Survey-DHS for 2015-16, showed 29 percent of children under five are stunted, 8pc are severely stunted, 7pc are wasted, and 19pc are underweight. Stunting is a big challenge due to rampant malnutrition among children.
The survey also showed that stunting among children is highest in Chin State with 41pc, of which 13pc are severely stunted. Overall, the nutritional status of children in Rakhine is the worst in the country, with 38pc of children stunted, 14pc wasted and 34pc underweight.
The new funds will also contribute to support the National Nutrition Centre under the Ministry of Health and Sports to promote capacity development, procurement of commodities such as micronutrient powder, and nutrition promotion activities.
For sexual and reproductive health, the program will focus on young people to ensure more access to sexual health education and services.
It will, likewise, include implementation of post-miscarriage care guidelines and standard operation procedures at public sector hospitals, cervical cancer prevention and treatment, and procurement of syphilis test kits to strengthen syphilis testing among pregnant women.
“Realising sexual and reproductive health and rights is critical to allowing girls and women to achieve their full potential,” the 3MDG said in its statement.
3MDG, established in 2012, has been supporting the Ministry of Health and Sports to strengthen the health system and ensure health care is accessible to vulnerable populations.
3MDG works with the government and other partner organisations to improve the country’s national health system, especially in the areas of maternal and child health, and combating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Moreover, 3MDG supports the construction of 82 health facilities nationwide, funded by donors from Australia, Denmark, the European Union, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The facilities are designed and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services.
Seventy-seven centres were started in 2014 and completed in 2017 in Ayeyarwady, Magwe, Mandalay, Sagaing, and Yangon regions, and eastern Shan, southern Shan and Kayah states. The facilities have been turned over to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
The other five centres have been completed in Chin State and will be hand over to the ministry soon.