Daw Zar Zar Naing's Story: Preparing for Healthy Pregnancies in Kayin State


My name is Daw Zar Zar Naing, I am 35 years old living in Ka Di Kan Village with my husband and our three daughters. In 2012 we moved to this area in Hlaingbwe Township, Kayin State. I was recently pregnant and hoping to give birth to a healthy baby. 


Our primary livelihood is chicken and goat farming on a plantation. Sometimes my husband finds work outside for additional income. Before the EMBRACE project came to our village, I didn’t know how to cook healthy meals or grow vegetables in our garden. I delivered all our children in our home and we never went to the clinic for check-ups because we didn’t know any of the risks associated with pregnancy. 



I received a lot of knowledge in the health and nutrition trainings which I tried to implement in my home. We learned step by step, so it was easy to follow. Now I know the risks that can come with pregnancy, I will deliver this baby in the clinic. My husband is also encouraging me to go to the clinic for check-ups and delivery. We want to give this baby the best chance we can and we as a family are now more prepared. 


I was expecting to give birth to a healthy baby. Now we have another healthy baby girl born in the clinic becoming our fourth daughter. 


Ko Nyein Chan Aung, Daw Zar Zar Naing’s husband comments; “thank you so much to ADRA and the donor because when the project came to our village, I can learn something I didn’t know about agriculture, livestock and healthy living.”



The EMBRACE project is funded by Global Affairs Canada and ADRA Canada. EMBRACE is working in Kayin State to improve nutrition rates and increase access to appropriate health services for pregnant women and children.


"As a result, through ADRA’s project and the knowledge we have gained, we can take better care of our children. I would like to say thank you to ADRA and the donor, Global Affairs Canada."


Edited By: Emma McCrow, Communications Officer

Photo: © 2020 ADRA Myanmar | Pyae Phyo Lin




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