Myanmar (also known as Burma) was long isolated from the rest of the world. From 1962 to 2011, the country was ruled by a military junta. The international community’s standoff with the military government has led to economic embargoes that have crippled Myanmar’s economy and driven up inflation.
But while the government has embarked on an ambitious economic, political and governance reform programme since 2011, Myanmar remains one of the poorest countries in Asia, with fertile lands, significant untapped agricultural potential, and a rich endowment of natural resources.
Myanmar ranks poorly on most human development indicators with half of its population living below the poverty line, literacy rates among the lowest in the world and little public health infrastructure.
The country’s political isolation, economic stagnation and public health woes make high rates of malnutrition an unfortunate reality, with an estimated one third of children aged under five in the country suffering from malnutrition.
In Northern Rhakine State, malnutrition rates are particularly high, with one in five children under five acutely malnourished.
What we are doing
We have helped families in Myanmar since 1994, offering life-sustaining nutrition, food security, and water, sanitation and hygiene support. Currently working in the states of Chin, Kayah and Rhakine, our current objectives are to: improve access to treatment for acute malnutrition, assist populations affected by conflict, strengthen community resilience to natural disasters, respond to chronic food insecurity, and address acute malnutrition across Myanmar.