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Report: Myanmar to conduct first-ever maternal, infant mortality survey

Ap, 1 May 2005

Myanmar will conduct its first-ever maternal and infant mortality survey to identify causes of deaths and draft a plan to reduce them, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The project, funded by the United Nations Children's Fund, will start later this month and survey 250,000 households in 120 townships across the country, the Myanmar Times reported.

"Maternal and infant mortality rates in the country are high compared to other Southeast Asian countries," the newspaper said, quoting Dr. San Shway Wynn, director of Myanmar's Public Health division.

He said Myanmar won't meet U.N. development goals set in 1999 unless "significant attention is paid to bringing morbidity and mortality of mothers and infants under control."

According to health ministry statistics, there were 4,300 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births in 2000, the newspaper said.

Malnutrition is one known killer of mothers and children, it said.

The survey results are expected to be released in September. The data will be used to help draft a strategic plan to reduce maternal deaths, San Shway Wynn said.



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