Second series of MYSAP nutrition awareness campaigns coming up

  • June 27, 2019

Yangon, Myanmar,11 June 2019 – For the second time MYSAP will target students of Myanmar Government High Schools in the states and regions of Shan, Sagaing, Mandalay, Ayeyarwaddy and Yangon for a new series of nutrition awareness campaigns “Go Further with Fish”. The campaigns will be conducted from June to December of 2019 in Keng Tung in June, Pinlong in July, Shwe Bo in August, Kalay in September, Amarapura in October, Pathein in November and Yangon in December.

As the objective of the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) is to enhance the nutritional impact of aquaculture, MYSAP will launch nutrition awareness campaigns in Shan, Sagaing, Mandalay, Ayeyarwaddy and Yangon to promote the advantages of fish consumption, knowledge about the importance of a diverse diet and fish as an animal protein source.

Fish is a very important source of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). These substances are especially important for child development. In Myanmar, where nearly a third of infants are undernourished, the availability of fish for vulnerable population groups is therefore of high importance.

“MYSAP’s nutrition-related interventions in aquaculture can help to reduce malnutrition problems in Myanmar. We are supporting the production of low-cost aquaculture products for disadvantaged people living in fish-deficit areas”, said Peter Buri, MYSAP Head of Programme.
Myanmar people generally prefer to consume fish products, compared to other protein sources, with average consumption levels estimated between 26-34 kg per person and year. Fish is eaten in all sorts of forms –grilled, in a curry, as fish paste and fish oil.

Small fish such as Nga Bae Phyu (A. mola) and Nga Gaung Sin (Esomus danricus), can be eaten whole, with organs and bones. By eating them, consumers take up particularly high levels of calcium, vitamin A, iron and zinc. These nutrients in fish are more effectively absorbed by the body than those from plant-source foods.

“The campaigns will highlight the importance of fish as an animal-source protein in daily consumption and promote the access of local fish for disadvantaged people in fish-deficit andhigh-malnutrition areas of Shan, Sagaing, Mandalay, Ayeyarwaddy and Yangon”, said Heike Voegler, Nutrition Advisor at MYSAP.

“Messages and further knowledge about nutrition will be disseminated through a variety of edutainment programmes including a booth show, cooking demonstrations, games, quizzes and drama performances. It will target students from grade nine to eleven and particularly adolescent girls in these areas. We cordially invite young students to join the activities”, she continued.

In 2018, MYSAP’s “Go Further with Fish” campaigns were conducted in Keng Tong, Pathein, Kale, Shwe Bo, Amarapura and Pathein. MYSAP was able to reach more than 2000 students with its nutrition awareness messages and plans to build on this huge success for its upcoming campaigns.