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Sule Shangri-La, Yangon Builds Child Development Centre for Yangon Children's Hospital

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon Builds Child Development Centre for Yangon Children's Hospital

Yangon, 17 April 2017 - Sule Shangri-La, Yangon Resident Manager Antoine Serhan together with Director General of Ministry of Health Professor Doctor Min Han and Yangon Children's Hospital Head Dr.Su Su Dwe, recently led the opening of the Child Development Centre donated and rebuilt by the hotel for the hospital's cancer-stricken patients.

 
The Yangon Children's Hospital is one of only two government hospitals in Yangon. Built in 1978, the hospital cares for more than 500 children, with little space to entertain and educate the children in-between treatments.
 
In his remarks during the opening ceremonies, Dr.Su Su Dwe said that while early detection is critical for pediatric patients, supportive care, to be provided in the Development Centre, is just as important. The Child Development Centre will allow the kids to play (an essential part of every child's development) and stay connected with their fellow cancer patients.
 
The building is an old storage area of the hospital, meticulously rebuilt by the hotel into a development centre. Construction began early in January this year and included plumbing works, installation of new windows and doors, wall painting and landscape works. To ensure that the centre was child-friendly, special fittings were considered-wall protection, soft padding for the floors, steel fencing and corner guards were some measures installed to keep children safe while exploring the centre.
 
The 192 sqm room was divided into different common areas for the children to do the things they enjoy. The centre opens to a play hall, where kids will be greeted by a big indoor slide. Adjacent to the play hall is a TV room where kids can watch educational shows and learn together. Beside it is the art room, decorated in bright colours to stimulate learning. Further down the hall are the discussion room and a study room fitted with educational toys and child-friendly cognitive development training equipment. Walls were painted with kid's favourite cartoon characters to brighten the look and keep the space cheerful. The restoration took about three months.
 
"Our best reward will be to see a smile in the faces of these children as they explore the centre," Sule Shangri-La, Yangon Resident Manager Antoine Serhan said in his message during the opening ceremonies.
 
The building of the Child Development Centre is part of Sule Shangri-La, Yangon's Embrace initiative, as part of Shangri-La's Care for People Project.
 
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner whilst balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company's initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. These focus areas are unified under the umbrella brand of "Sustainability", together with Shangri-La's core CSR projects "Embrace" and "Sanctuary". Hotel-level Embrace programmes focus on Shangri-La's Caring People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. Sanctuary programmes concentrate on Shangri-La's Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. For more information, please visit the group's CSR section on www.shangri-la.com

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