Myanmar's infant mortality woes

Three years into Myanmar’s new existence as an open country, the scars from decades behind the bamboo wall continue to emerge, in areas such as prenatal care and childhood health, where attention and funding have been woefully inadequate. A UN Children’s Fund report earlier this year said almost 10 percent of newborns in Myanmar had low birth weights, often caused by malnutrition, malaria, anemia and prematurity. About 56,000 Burmese children die before they reach the age of 5. In parts of

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