The Alliance, which is best known by its acronym, SUN network, aims to catalyze and sustain public, political and financial commitment and action to address undernutrition in Myanmar. Since its launch in February 2015, SUN CSA Myanmar has grown to be an alliance of 60 civil society organizations, including 42 local organization, working in 13 of 14 states and regions around Myanmar. Recently, the Alliance held its 2018 Annual General Assembly meeting at the University of Nursing in Yangon, and CWS Senior Program Manager, Poe Ei Phyu, who is herself a nurse, joined the gathering to share outcomes of a nascent CWS nutrition project, which is being implemented through strong grassroots mothers’ engagement in 15 Maubin Township villages. Also, forum attendees discussed the SUN network’s own progress as a national advocacy movement that promotes attention to a child’s first 1,000 days of life, starting with conception, alongside nutrition-related technical up-dates, including best practice breastfeeding, depending on a baby’s age.
CWS has been a SUN SCA member since 2017, and we are proud to continue contributing to Myanmar’s call for collective voices and actions improve nutrition and wellbeing among Myanmar children. In partnership with government Midwives, Mother-Leader volunteers, regional and global technical experts and its funding partner, the Ajinimoto company of Japan, the CWS program team continues to do our part to scale up information access, teaching-learning-sharing and action to ensure improved basic nutrition and measurement of young children’s status to detect and refer at-risk under-fives for care and support. This work is in line with CWS work across southeast Asia and in Africa and Latin America, and we are committed to strengthen and expand this work as needed.
(For more information please contact IKhreusirikul@cwsglobal.org )