Situation Analysis of Children in Myanmar 2012 launched
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 17 October, 2012: The Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development and UNICEF launched the Situation Analysis of Children in the Myanmar capital today.
The development of the Situation Analysis involved multiple ministries with the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development leading the process with supported by UNICEF. The report is based on the result of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS, 2009-2010) and derives from international and national publications to identify and present Myanmar’s priorities and challenges for future policy direction, and to recommend programmes and actions required.
“The Situation Analysis helps us identify important gaps in children’s situation in Myanmar that we need to address. Myanmar reduced poverty rate from 32 percent to 26 percent in 2010 and our aim to further reduce the rate of poverty to 16 percent by 2015,” said H.E Dr. Kan Zaw, Union Minister for the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development at the launching ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw.
This Situation Analysis can contribute more effectively towards the achievement of both children’s rights and the Millennium Development Goals. It analyses socio-economic challenges for women and children.
“The report analyses the current situation of children and women in Myanmar and adds useful evidence to support the realization of the rights of children, based on best available data from various surveys, routine reports and the information available from reliable sources,” said, Mr. Ramesh Shrestha, Representative of UNICEF Myanmar in on the occasion of launching the Situation Report. “We hope that the information available in this publication will be of use to planners, programmers, and policy makers working for realization of women and children’s rights and situation of equity and disparities in Myanmar”.
A series of presentations on socio-economic issues related to the situation of women and children in Myanmar are presented by delegates from different ministries. Key presentations include ‘Basic structural factors impacting children’s rights in Myanmar’ by Daw Thway Thway Chit, Director of Planning Department, ‘Children’s right to health, nutrition, water and sanitation’ by Dr. Hla Myint, Director, Department of Health, Ministry of Health, ‘Children’s right to education’ by Daw Khin Mar Htwe, Director for Planning, Department of Education, Planning and Training, ‘Children’s rights to be free of HIV’ by Dr. Myint Shwe, Director, Department of Health and ‘Children’s right to protection’ by U Aung Tun Khaing, Deputy Director General, Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
Situation Analyses are typically conducted every five years to allow sufficient time for change in child development indicators. However, given the current pace of change in Myanmar, the next Situation Analysis will be conducted in three years to under the changes and their impact in the realization of children’s rights in the context of democratization and decentralization in Myanmar.
More than 70 experts and officials from various government departments working in the social sector and UNICEF attended the opening ceremony of workshop.
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