Supporting maternal and child health care in Myanmar

Region-Country: 
Myanmar, Asia
Date Publish: 
18 Feb 2014

For remote communities living in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady delta, access to adequate health care is a constant challenge. The geography of the region means that transport is only possible by boat through intricate channels in the mangrove forest.  Communities are poor, vulnerable to natural disaster and often live cut off from the modern world of electricity and telephones. The area is home to large numbers of seasonal migrants who work in the paddy fields as well as itinerant ‘boat families’. These ‘hidden’ populations are often most in need of better access to health services.

IOM has been active in the delta since Cyclone Nargis hit the region in 2008, collaborating with the Myanmar Department of Health on community-based health programmes in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, and continues to ensure that vulnerable populations receive on-going care and access to other health-related support services.

IOM has received funding to continue its life saving maternal and child health work in Bogale and Mawlamyinegyun Townships.  The project, funded by the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG), will focus on strengthening community based systems for the delivery of quality maternal, neonatal and child health care and developing methods for reaching mobile and hard to reach populations.