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Plan International in Myanmar

Plan International has been working in Myanmar since 2008 when Cyclone Nargis hit the Irrawaddy Delta and caused the greatest number of fatalities ever recorded in the country. We are now helping children to access their rights in over 225 communities across five states.

Myanmar is characterized by fertile lands, significant agricultural potential and a rich endowment of natural resources. Despite this, poverty levels are estimated at 32% of the population with poverty more than twice as high in rural areas where 65% of people live.

Plan International Myanmar is working with communities in some of the poorest parts of the country - Ayerwaddy, Rakhine and Mandalay. 

Myanmar also has a history of armed conflict between ethnic non-state armed groups and government forces and this has displaced over 600,000 people. Some of the country's most vulnerable children are now living in Internally Displaced Persons camps in Sittwe and Kachin. Plan International is working with displaced communities to ensure that children have access to food, non-food items (NFIs), water, education and learning materials - the essentials to make sure they get the best possible start in life.

Over the next 5 years, we are committed to working in the following sectors:

  • Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN): focusing on pregnant/lactating women and the first 1,000 days of a child's life.
  • Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD): with an emphasis on parenting education, school readiness and transitions to primary school.
  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH): improving hand washing behaviours, creating open defecation free communities and providing access to safe and sufficient water.
  • Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction: building resilient communities, promoting safe schools and preparing for future emergencies.
  • Child Protection: Preventing child abuse through the establishment of community-based child protection mechanisms.
  • Adolescent Programming: Addressing the needs of adolescents in a comprehensive manner with a focus on strengthening individual capacities, skills, and experiences to develop responsible young leaders, irrespective of their circumstances.
  • Youth Empowerment: Supporting the Myanmar Government in implementing the National Youth Policy and facilitating the transition of children and adolescents to become well-rounded adults and leaders to advance the country's socioeconomic development. Under this broad framework, there are three youth-focused subsectors:
    • Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE): improving employment opportunities for youth, especially young women, by providing the skills and experience necessary for secure, decent work in both urban and rural settings, as well as in conflict-affected areas.
    • Youth-Led Peace Building and Social Cohesion: Facilitating adolescents and young people to develop the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to contribute actively to the ongoing national peace process with the aim of building a more peaceful and cohesive society in Myanmar.
    • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR): Supporting adolescents and young people in accessing relevant information and services to support the realization of their SRH rights and to take control over the lives free from gender-based violence.
  • Emergency Response: supporting children and young people to access their rights and services after natural disasters and in protracted emergency settings, and providing ongoing support to IDPs in camps located in Kachin and Rakhine.

Children in Rakhine State are learning how to protect their communities from climate change.