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Burma Launches UN-Backed Campaign to Fight Malnutrition

7 February 2014

Burma, in coordination with a handful of UN agencies, on Thursday launched the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) program to combat malnutrition in the country, DVB reports. “[SUN is] an important step towards ending child malnutrition and better increasing the chances of all Myanmar [Burmese] children reaching their 5th birthdays,” said Bertrand Bainvel, Unicef’s representative in Rangoon. The UN estimates that about 5 percent of all under-5 deaths in Burma are the result of malnutrition, placing it as the country with Southeast Asia’s third-highest malnutrition rate. The SUN program operates in 46 countries and includes assistance from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, World Health Organization, World Food Program and Unicef.