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Water and sanitation in Myanmar

Improving children's and their families' health through basic sanitation and safe drinking water

Clean drinking water, access to toilets and basic sanitation practices can keep children healthy, in school and prevent the spread of diseases.

Myanmar receives abundant rainfall, but acute water shortages are found in the Dry Zone (Mandalay, Sagaing and Magway regions) where communities struggle to access enough clean drinking water throughout the year.

Plan International is currently working in 10 villages across the Dry Zone to increase communities' access to water. Bore holes and water tanks and additional piping are bringing water to homes and schools and staff are teaching children the importance of washing their hands with soap at school. Toilets have also been built for children with disabilities to support them to study, rather than remaining at home due to a lack of school facilities.

Plan International is also working in flood affected villages in Rakhine State, that was hit by Cyclone Komen  in August 2015.

After the floods, a survey by Plan International staff found that 78% of villages no longer had access to clean drinking water. In the months since the floods, communities have cleaned their ponds - their primary sources of drinking water - and built tanks to catch rainwater. Plan International staff also supplied communities with water and water purification tablets in the days and weeks after the floods.

A woman in Rakhine State collects water from a pond after the floods hit in August.