One Couple Learns That Malnutrition Is Not Always Obvious, But Can Be Addressed

CWS Myanmar | November 17, 2017

Ma Thein Thein Sint talking with CWS staff. Photo: CWS

Ko Kyaw Zaw Hein earns an above average monthly salary of 150,000 MMK (≈ $110) at Ngwe Saung Beach Hotel, so he provides well for his wife, Ma Theint Theint Sint, and their two daughters. So, he and Ma Sint were surprised to learn that their three-year-old daughter is malnourished. Fortunately, they were glad to know that they could partner with CWS to change this situation, and Ma Sint has already joined four learning group sessions and shown herself as one of the most motivated mothers of all.

In reflecting on her experience so far, Ma Sint said this: “Before, I did not know so much about balanced diets and their importance for young children, especially. Now I understand more, so I prepare at least three different kinds of food for my girls each day to support their development. Also, instead of buying packaged snacks from a shop, I choose local snacks of natural ingredients like sticky rice and sweet potato. I am also more careful to prepare our meat, fish and vegetables in a way that stops vitamin and mineral loss; and I boil our water for drinking to avoid diarrhea and water borne diseases. I am careful about hand washing before meals and after toileting, too.”

Ma Sint went on to say, “All these things I am doing now are because the community nutrition support team from CWS helped me understand these simple things. Now I want other mothers to take good care of their children, too, so I always share my new knowledge with them when I get the chance. And, I hope their children will join my daughters in feeling well and being healthier, too.”

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