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First Chance for Mothers and Children Appeal

Tracy Parish

02 November, 2012

With some of the worst health indicators globally and a population of 50 million people, we simply cannot turn our backs and do nothing. It is our duty to do what we can to improve the health of Myanmar’s women and children. It’s time to step up and close the gap,” Professor Brendan Crabb, Director and CEO, Burnet Institute.

That is why we are asking for your support of our First Chance for Mothers and Children Appeal.

Myanmar is undergoing a profound democratic transformation and Burnet’s long-standing Country Representative, Dr Karl Dorning says donors contributing to the First Chance for Mothers and Children Appeal can be assured that their generosity will have a profound impact on the lives of the local people.

“For people to donate to this Appeal, it will definitely change lives - for both the staff of organisations we work with but also women and children in urban and remote rural areas,” Dr Dorning said.

“In a country so strapped for resources, even a few days of training for a person like a midwife can have a huge impact in her ability to provide support to people in her community.

“Myanmar’s sudden, dramatic opening-up to the outside world means that the need to train the local health workforce is far greater than the resources available.

“It’s important to have an organisation like Burnet in Myanmar because of the way we approach our work. Working with local partners is vital because our aim is to build up local capacity and ensure there is an ongoing legacy in the staff we train and the skills we pass on to local groups.”

First Chance for Mothers and Children Appeal aiming to raise $80,000

Our First Chance for Mothers and Children Appeal is not about getting a second chance.

It’s about giving mothers and newborns a first chance – to access improved health care, to have a healthy pregnancy, and to learn about good nutrition – all fundamental to a healthy community.

Sadly, half a million women in developing countries die each year as a result of complications during pregnancy.

A woman in Myanmar is 45 times more likely to die during childbirth, or because of complications during her pregnancy, than a woman in Australia. This is an unacceptable statistic.

The need to train and retain village health workers and midwives has never been more urgent.

Just $200 can fund a special refresher-training program for midwives.

We hope you can support the First Chance for Mothers and Children Appeal and help change lives in Myanmar.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Paul Rathbone

Executive General Manager, Public Affairs & External Relations

Telephone

+61392822113

Email

paul.rathbone@burnet.edu.au

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