Burma is about to conduct its first-ever survey of the causes of death in mothers and newborn infants, in an effort to correct the country's high maternal and infant mortality rate.
The official Myanmar Times newspaper says the project, funded by the United Nations Children's Fund, will cover 250,000 households in 120 township across the country.
The report says Dr. San Shway Wynn, the country's director of public health, has acknowledged that Burma's maternal and infant morality rates are high when compared to other Southeast Asian countries.
Malnutrition is considered a significant cause in many cases involving the deaths of mothers and young children.
Survey results are expected to be released in September. The data will be used to help draft a plan to reduce Burma's death rate.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.