Change begins with children
An old proverb in Myanmar says that, "Children are our most precious treasure."
An old proverb in Myanmar says that, "Children are our most precious treasure." UNICEF in Myanmar embraces this ethos in its work, striving to further the rights of the nation's children and youth to survival, development, protection and participation.
Myanmar is a land of enormous potential, with resilient, resourceful people who want to improve their lives and the lives of their children. UNICEF works with families, communities and other care providers to help give children the best possible start in life through programs that immunize children from disease, enhance their nutrition, protect them from HIV/AIDS, provide them with with a better quality basic education and safe drinking water, and protect them from abuse, exploitation and voilence. Today UNICEF and its partners are making progress in helping more of Myanmar's children live, grow, develop and attain their dreams.
Despite this progress, many children in Myanmar still face poverty, disease, malnutrition, the threat of HIV/AIDS, a lack of access to clean drinking water and low primary school completion rates, all of which impede their opportunities for growth and development.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Myanmar ratified in 1991, provides that the best interests of children should be considered in all actions potentially affecting their lives. With the best interests of Myanmar's children at the forefront of its endeavors, UNICEF will continue working with its partners in Myanmar to improve the lives of the country's women, children and youth.