Denmark Provides over USD 8 million to Myanmar

Denmark has provided over 8 million U.S. dollars in cash to Myanmar through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) on August 14. Two agreements were signed between Mikael Hemniti Winther, Denmark’s ambassador to Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia, and Sanjay Mathur, Director and Representative of UNOPS in Myanmar.

The aim is to boost livelihood of the poor and to improve the health of mothers and young children in the poorest areas of the country, official media reported Wednesday.

Of the total, more than 4.1 million U.S. dollars will be channeled through the multi-donor Livelihood and Food Security Trust (LIFT) fund managed by UNOPS for livelihood projects.

“Denmark contribution will enable farmers to cultivate larger areas and yield better harvests, resulting in increased income for many households and villages across the country,” says Danish Ambassador Winther.

Another 4.1 million contribution to 3 Millennium Development Fund (3MDG) will be part of the basis for a program to offer health services to populations in Myanmar with the greatest need, focusing on improving the health of mothers and young children.

The aid will include components to supplement the Global Fund program on HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, in areas, which it is currently unable to support, as well as to assist the government in strengthening the health systems and capacity to deliver quality basic health to the people of Myanmar.

Denmark along with governments of Australia, the EC, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are working together through LIFT to increase food availability, income generation opportunities and food use for up to 2 million people.

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