Myanmar has the highest rate of infant mortality in ASEAN with newborns making up half of the deaths among children under five, and malnutition and diarrhoea are two of the main causes.
Myanmar is also home to the third highest malnutrition rate in Southeast Asia. In total, 41% of children under-five years old are chronically undernourished while 11% suffer from acute malnutrition.
Supporting pregnant mothers and children during their first 1000 days is critical to reduce levels of anaemia and stunting in children and to ensure children grow into healthy adults.
Plan International Myanmar's Maternal, Newborn and Child Health programme has held cooking demonstrations so parents can learn how to prepare more nutritious and locally-available food for their families. Parents have also participated in handwashing and sanitation training so they and their children can avoid water-bourne diseases, such as diarrhea.
Parents of children under 5 years of age have also received support to start their own home gardens, where they will grow their own vegetables that will support a healthy and balanced diet.