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October 15, 2019

Soap maker says hand washing key to reducing infant mortality

Soap brand ambassador Chit Thu Wai poses for documentary photo with midwives and nurses at the International Day of the Midwife and Nurse event at Yangon’s University of Nursing.— Khin Yadana
Soap brand ambassador Chit Thu Wai poses for documentary photo with midwives and nurses at the International Day of the Midwife and Nurse event at Yangon’s University of Nursing.— Khin Yadana

Midwives can play a big part in preventing common infections and neonatal deaths in Myanmar by educating the public about the importance of washing hands with soap, according to soap brand ambassador Chit Thu Wai.
The Lifebuoy brand ambassador gave a presentation on Thursday at the International Day of the Midwife and Nurse event at Yangon’s University of Nursing.
“The first 28 days of a baby’s life are the most critical,” said Chit Thu Wai. “Every year in Myanmar, 44,000 babies don’t live to turn one month old.
“But many of these deaths are due to preventable infections like diarrhea and respiratory infections.
“Midwives can act as health messengers to educate the public on proper hygiene practices, especially hand washing with soap which has proven to reduce neonatal mortality by 41 percent.”
Hundreds of midwives and nurses attended the day along with guest speakers such as Union Minister for Health Dr Than Aung, Region Representative Janet Jackson from UNFPA, Chief of Party from Maternal and Child Survival Program Leah Thayer and representatives of the Myanmar Nurses and Midwife Association.
As an event sponsor, Lifebuoy distributed educational materials explaining the importance of hand washing with soap.
“We’re proud to sponsor the event and work with the Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association,” said Unilever Myanmar Managing Director Zaw Myo Hlaing.
Professor Daw Yin Mya gave a speech at the event focusing on ASEAN’s regional guidelines for skilled birth attendants. Five midwives were also presented with awards and a few other midwives in attendance spoke about their work experiences. This is the third time Myanmar has marked International Day of the Midwife.–Khin Yadana

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