Cash aid provided for pregnant women, children in Maungtaw

Officials from Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement hand over cash aid to pregnant women, children below two years in Maungtaw yesterday. Photo: Aye Min Thu, Kyaw Thu Win
Officials from Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement hand over cash aid to pregnant women, children below two years in Maungtaw yesterday. Photo: Aye Min Thu, Kyaw Thu Win

To improve their health and nutrition, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement provided cash aid to expecting women and children below two years in Maungtaw yesterday.
Under the Maternal and Child Cash Transfer (MCCT) programme, the ministry’s officials and leaders of the villages provided Ks90,000 for six months to each expecting woman and children below two years in Maungtaw.
“For the first time, some 2,180 pregnant women were provided Ks45,000 each for three months, amounting to more than Ks70 million. The current programme is being conducted for two times, Second and Third. Earlier, more than Ks340 million was provided to 3,878 pregnant women in 73 village-tracts of Maungtaw Township without any discrimination. Health care was also provided to them by the public health department. The aim of the cash programme is to develop the body and brain growth of the child. Our ministry will also participate in receiving returnees. They will be accommodated at reception centres and provided food and other things,” said Ko Kyaw Aung Sein, a person responsible for facilitating the MCCT programme, during the cash aid providing ceremony held in Myoma (east) Ward in Maungtaw.
“I came to receive the cash aid. I am nine months pregnant. This time, I received Ks90,000 for six months. I am grateful to the officials of the health department and the social welfare department for their support. I will use the cash aid for the newborn’s development. It is very convenient, as hospitals and clinics are within our reach,” said Ma Khin Soe Soe, a pregnant woman from Maungtaw Myoma (east) Ward.
Under the MCCT programme, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement is providing cash aid in Rakhine State, Chin State and the Naga self-administered zone. The ministry is also providing social welfare facilities, especially to vulnerable persons, pregnant women and elderly persons. —Kyaw Thu Win, Aye Min Thu

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