Myanmar (Burma)

Ten children in Myanmar die every hour. They die of illnesses that, in the 21st century, should never be fatal. We could be stopping many of these deaths — we have a plan to do it.

We’ve proven that large-scale assistance can be delivered to children, independently and accountably. It doesn’t cost much. But we need international support.

Myanmar has vast natural resources, but the majority of its population is poor. Two-thirds of those who work still live on less than $2 a day, and a third of children are stunted because of malnutrition.

An estimated two million people have travelled to Thailand in search of work. Many leave their children in the care of relatives or institutions who may not be properly equipped to look after them.

We've worked in Myanmar since 1995, helping children access essential services like healthcare and education. We've expanded our programmes to support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families.

Keeping children safe

Because Myanmar is so much poorer than neighbouring Thailand and China, vulnerable children face an increased risk of trafficking. Some are forced into marriage, many are made to do dangerous jobs, and others are pulled into the sex trade.

Our teams in Myanmar are working hard to keep the most vulnerable children safe. At a national level, we're working with the Department of Social Welfare, Unicef and others to strengthen the country's child protection system.

Locally, we're helping communities develop their own mechanisms to protect children. And we're building child rights groups so that children can monitor and report on domestic violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect in their communities.

Improving medical care

A lack of sanitation and safe drinking water means that thousands of children in Myanmar are at risk of illness. But healthcare can be expensive and difficult to access, especially for families in rural areas.

We're focused on ensuring children get the medical care they need in their early years, especially those in remote areas. Our teams work closely with Myanmar's Ministry of Health to ensure frontline healthworkers are well trained, equipped and supported. And we work hard to prevent and treat HIV, TB and malaria.

Supporting stronger livelihoods

In rural areas, we're helping families develop sustainable livelihoods by providing financial services to small businesses.

We provide families with the tools they need to produce nutritious food, both to eat and to sell. And we supply cash grants and food vouchers to ensure children get a nutritious diet.

Community Health Worker Aye Min Htike, 31, measures a child's arm at his house in Myanmar (Burma).

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