Over the course of 2017 we completed the feasibility studies for the project with the support of the University of Milan and the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (‘National Institute of Health’, ISS) and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health and Sport. Together with the Eni Foundation, we have committed to funding and managing the project through to completion.The initiatives in question are concentrated in the cities of Myothit, Magway and Minhla, all of which are located in the Magwayregion. We have set ourselves a number of objectives in the fields of agriculture, water and sanitation. By 2020 we aim to improve crop productivity and farmers' resilience by supporting the rural advisory service for the promotion of good agricultural practices (GAPs) and to optimise access to irrigation technology in the field of horticultural production and nutritional safety on both a domestic and community level.
In terms of agricultural production, we aim to improve both the water supply and groundwater data, gathering the latter, computerising it and organising it using a multi-level management system. We want to improve access to water for irrigation at selected priority sites with seven new drinking water tanks and access to a domestic water supply in a number of high-priority villages with 16 new wells. We are committed to encouraging virtuous behaviour when it comes to maternal and infant health and hygiene and improving service delivery in rural health centres and secondary health centres through special training. Furthermore, we plan to support the ability of local authorities to educate the population about communicable diseases at regional level, improve healthcare for the elderly, provide additional nutrition and micronutrients for infants suffering from acute malnutrition and improve the link between communities and the public health system. Last but not least, we aim to improve health services by providing energy, water facilities, equipment and furniture.