Initially instated in 2003, Myanmar’s Nutrition Promotion Month continues to offer a prime window of opportunity for nutrition advocacy. Nutrition Promotion Month (NPM) has unfolded at varying times over the years before landing on August in 2009. Since then, awareness-raising activities have been conducted throughout the month each year from national to village levels in all states and regions. A specific theme is dedicated to each week, as highlighted below.
- Week 1: Breastfeeding Promotion
- Week 2: Child (Under5s) Nutrition Promotion
- Week 3: Maternal Nutrition Promotion
- Week 4: Iodine Deficiency Disorders Elimination
The first week coincides with World Breastfeeding Week, which is part of greater efforts to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, based on the Innocenti Declarations, WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding and the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future.
With declining funds available for NPM activities, REACH catalyzed work with the agencies engaged in the country’s UN Network for SUN (UNN) to support the National Nutrition Committee (NNC), Ministry of Health and Sports and other ministries on these efforts. To this end, REACH organized a fund-raising meeting in the capital city, Yangon, which was attended by members of the respective SUN Networks such as the UNN, Donor Network and SUN Civil Society Alliance. These efforts have managed to successively close the funding gap, thanks to generous contributions from all stakeholders. Some contributions were made in-kind, including a radio program for disseminating key nutrition messages, executed by the SUN Civil Society Alliance.