A Rohingya refugee from Myanmar helped by Action Against Hunger carries some wood.

Myanmar

Despite the complex humanitarian situation, we continue to provide life-saving nutrition programmes in the Southeast Asian country.

In Myanmar, chronic poverty further complicates a humanitarian crisis caused by natural disasters, a lack of nutritious food, armed conflict and mass displacement of people.

Since August 2017, worsening violence in Rakhine State has forced more than 650,000 Rohingya refugees to flee to Bangladesh. The local government in Rakhine State has imposed regulations and restrictions on movement on humanitarian agencies, making it difficult to assess the current needs of the local population.

Myanmar is also among the countries with the highest numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths in Southeast Asia.

Country facts

  • 77,041

    Action Against Hunger's programmes reached over 77,000 people in 2020.

  • 54M

    Myanmar has a population of 54 million people.

  • 29.4%

    Almost 30% of children under five in Myanmar suffer from malnutrition.

Action Against Hunger’s programmes in Myanmar

Action Against Hunger has been working in Myanmar since 1994. Our projects involve water, sanitation and hygiene, food security and livelihoods, nutrition and mental health support programmes.

In 2020, our programmes included:

  • setting up six new treatment projects
  • three new projects aimed at preventing malnutrition and strengthening the healthcare system
  • supporting local mental health services and adapting our own programmes so we could provide remote sessions during the pandemic
  • raising awareness of Covid-19 through the media
  • providing cash to families most affected by the pandemic so they can buy food
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