Good to see Nang Mo Kham raise her voice. And speak a bit of truth to power. Myanmar people are not small because their parents are small. They "are tiny because they suffered from malnutrition."
30pc of Myanmar children suffer from malnutrition
Thursday, 29 June 2017
For every 100 children in Myanmar, 30 suffer from malnutrition, said Dr Nang Mo Kham, an official from the health sector of the World Bank Group Office Myanmar.
Speaking at a workshop in Magwe last Friday, she said that children under the age of five and pregnant mothers have been facing malnutrition and other poverty-related problems.
The workshop was organized by the World Bank Group reviewed the group’s performance and experience in Myanmar.
The World Bank will be contributing US$100 million towards Myanmar’s health sector and will help in several diet-related projects, she said.
“I’m going to be straightforward with you all and say that, inside the ministries when discussions are held on the subject, the general blame goes to genetics.
“This has nothing to do with genetics because if it were so, then the Japanese would be shorter than us. But, the Japanese that you are meeting are all taller than us.
“Malnutrition is not related to genetics. These people are tiny because they suffered from malnutrition. Beauty does not matter, but it is damaging the brain development. The learning rate of our children and knowledge development will lag behind other countries,” Dr Nang Mo Kham said.
Part of the Nutrition Project of the World Bank will include educational projects to avoid malnutrition during the 1000 days from the pregnancy to the time the child is two years old.
The project will be carried out in 2018-2019.
According to the 2014 Myanmar Population and Housing Census, the mortality rate for children is 72 out of 1000 infants.
The highest death rate is in Magwe region.
The death rate for children under five-years-old in Magwe is 108 out of 1000 infant.
A World Bank in 2014 entitled ‘Ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity in a time of transition in Myanmar’, said that 26pc of Myanmar’s population is still living below the poverty line and also most of the family units are found living near the poverty line.
These family units go below the poverty line at any time, the report warned.
Translation by Kyaw Soe Htet and Khine Thazin Han