Rohingya Refugees are facing flooding in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands have fled from Myanmar to escape violence

Myanmar

The humanitarian situation in Myanmar is complex, but Action Against Hunger is working to provide services to vulnerable communities.

Country Overview

Ethnically and religiously diverse Myanmar (also known as Burma) is perhaps most known for the military junta that has ruled this Southeast Asian country since 1962.

After the escalation of violence in the state of Rakhine in 2017, more than 650,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. In the states of Kachin and Shan, around 106,000 people are still in camps. The chronic malnutrition rate remains very high at more than 30%, and in some regions it is as high as 50%.

Myanmar is exposed to natural disasters, floods, food security, inter-community clashes as well as armed conflicts, so the situation is extremely complex and has caused the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.

50,414
People helped in 2017

What we are doing

Action Against Hunger has worked in Myanmar since 1994, offering life-sustaining nutrition, food security, and water, sanitation, and hygiene support for vulnerable communities.

Our operational strategy in Myanmar is threefold:

  • To treat and prevent acute malnutrition in infants under five, and pregnant and lactating women in the states of Rakhine and Kayah. We are delivering these services along with water, sanitation, hygiene, and infant-care practices.
  • To reduce the impact of natural disasters on the very exposed coastal communities in Rakhine State.
  • To give vulnerable people, pregnant and lactating women, infants under five, refugees or displaced people better access to basic services with the help of advocacy work.

As a member of several multi-partner consortiums, we are promoting the independence of international NGOs, defending humanitarian principles, as well as the implementation of common advocacy actions at a national and international level.

The Myanmar Rohingya Crisis
The Myanmar Rohingya Crisis

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Facts

Staff
391
Operating since
1994
Bases
Kayah State, Yangon, Rakhine State