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MPT Launches Hand Washing Programme in Collaboration with Ministry of Health and Sports to Improve Hygiene Among Children

12 Jul 2018

(Yangon, 12nd July 2018) MPT, Myanmar’s first and leading telecommunications operator, held the first opening ceremony of hand washing facility at No (8), Basic Education Primary School, Ye Pauk Chaung in Miektila Township, Mandalay Region in collaboration with Public Health Department, Ministry of Health and Sports. The campaign is aimed at improving hygiene and promoting good health practices across students from 15 basic education primary schools in Mandalay Region, Mon State and Kayin State.

As a part of the MPT’s “Myanmar In Our Heart” initiative, operator will provide water tanks, group hand washing concrete facilities to selected schools as MPT always put Myanmar In Our Heart for every activities they do whether CSR or PR . The Ministry of Health and Sports supports this campaign by conducting training sessions for students to know good hand washing techniques in order to increase awareness about the importance of basic hygiene routine. This year MPT spent more than 80 million MMK to provide hand washing facilities. Five primary schools in each region have been chosen by the Public Health Department, Ministry of Health and Sports.

MPT recognizes the importance of health knowledge and awareness programmes. Healthcare sector plays a strategic role in the MPT’s CSR vision – “Together for Future Generations”. The operator aims to achieve impact in the public, private and third sectors by focusing its CSR initiatives on healthcare, education and business incubation.

“I am proud that MPT brings meaningful differences to the people, businesses and communities across Myanmar. The simple hand washing practices significantly contribute to a holistic health and wellbeing. However, provision and maintenance of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure remain a challenge in schools. With our new CSR campaign, we want to improve the health and save the lives of students, their parents and whole communities. Let’s remember that our health is in our hands!”, said U Naing Ko Ko, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of MPT-KSGM Joint Operations.

“We are deeply thankful to MPT and the Ministry of Health and Sport for their collaborative efforts to support construction of group hand washing facilities in our school. The health of students is of the utmost importance. Children can have a strong and healthy future if they learn more about basic personal hygiene, such as hand washing habit in their younger age”, said Daw Yin Yin Aye, Headmistress of No (8), B.E.H.S Ye Pauk Chaung, Meiktila.

MPT, as Myanmar’s first and leading telecommunications operator, runs a wide range of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities in health sector across local communities in Myanmar. With its focus on preventive care, MPT has launched first aid awareness programme in collaboration with Myanmar Red Cross last year and MPT also continued its Clean and Sustainable Water Program in which tube-wells and ponds were constructed at the water stressed areas to provide the sustainable and healthy water resources for the local residences.

For more information about MPT’s CSR activities in different areas including health, education, small business development, and natural disaster relief projects support, please visit to http://mpt.com.mm/en/about-home-en/csr-activities/ .