Red Cross to Provide Health Support in Chin State
13 July 2012: Chin State is among three areas of Burma that will receive support from a joint program launched on 5 July by Red Cross of Burma, Denmark and UK for community-based health development.
A cooperation agreement signed in Rangoon said a five-year program of the ‘Heathy Mothers and Children’ will cover 23,000 people in 75 rural communities in Chin State, Mandalay and Sagaing Divisions.
The Thursday statement said the major objective of the program is to contribute the national efforts in improving health status of mothers and children, and reducing maternal, neonatal and child mortality and morbidity.
Prof. Dr. Tha Hla Shwe, President of Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS), said his organisation has sent staff members to the areas where least number of aid agencies are present.
Red Cross of Denmark and Britain will provide technical and financial support of over 5million US dollars for the program, according to Xinhua, an official news agency of China.
The joint statement of the program, which runs from July 2012 to June 2017, said it will initiate work in remote areas of Falam and Matupi townships in Chin State, Mogok of Mandalay Division and of Sagaing Division.
It will also provide essential health services to local communities including family planning, health education for mothers, household visits and improvement of hygienic and sanitation practices.
Founded in 1920 as a branch of the Indian Red Cross Society, Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS), renamed in accordance with legislative change in 1989, is committed to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable people.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang