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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 121 communities across 5 states.

Myanmar is characterized by fertile lands, significant agricultural potential and a rich endowment of natural resources. Despite this, poverty levels are estimated at 26% of the population with poverty twice as high in rural areas where 70% 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 peoples camps in Sittwe and Kachin. Plan International is working with displaced communities to ensure that children have access to food, 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 with 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): including improvements in hand washing behaviour, open defecation free communities and access to safe and sufficient water.
  • Child Protection: focusing on prevention through the establishment of community based child protection systems.
  • Disaster Risk Management: including ongoing support to IDPs in camps located in Kachin and Rakhine, building resilience in communities, promoting safe schools and preparing for future emergencies.

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