Daw Nan Than Than Oo

Midwife
Myanmar

Award winner Midwife Than Than Oo from Myanmar
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Award winner Midwife Than Than Oo from Myanmar

Daw Nan Than Than Oo was appointed as a midwife in 1982 and 1987 at the Htin Shu Taung sub-Rural Health Centre (RHC) in Mogok Township and at the Shwe Nyaung Pin sub-RHC respectively. In both positions, there wre no maternal nor child deaths. In July 1989, she was transferred to Kyun Gyi sub- RHC, her native town, where she won a prize for best performance of immunization and nutrition services. During the cholera outbreak in 1991-1992, Ms. Than Oo actively assisted patients day and night and helped chlorinate the water and provide health education.

More recently, Ms Than Oo was transferred to Lwe-Satone sub-RHC where she's been working since 2000. The health centre is situated near the Thai border and the sub-RHC covers nine villages with a total population of 5 000 people with an additional estimated nomadic population of 3 000. She caters to 120-130 pregnant women yearly and provides immunization to over 200 children under one year of age every year. Given her exceptional work over the years, Ms. Than Oo received the "outstanding health worker" in 2002 issued by the Department of Health Planning/UNFPA.

Award winner Midwife Than Than Oo from Myanmar receiving the award from Dr Mugitani, GHWA Board Chair
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Award winner Midwife Than Than Oo from Myanmar receiving the award from Dr Mugitani, GHWA Board Chair

Driven by her own motto of "no maternal mortality", she encourages the community to support her efforts through a network of village health volunteers. She also trains auxiliary midwives to improve skilled birth attendance. In 2010, she achieved 78% antenatal coverage, no maternal deaths, and contraceptive prevalence rate reached 62% in her area.

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