Myanmar Children

About Myanmar

In 1995, Save the Children initiated activities in Myanmar and first signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health in 2001. Save the Children efforts have focused primarily on Development Programs for Children High Impact Program Initiatives in education, health and economic opportunities. Despite Myanmar's natural wealth, a third of its people live in extreme poverty. Myanmar faces economic challenges, an escalating HIV/AIDS epidemic, and health and education systems that are strained due to limited resources. Children's access to quality education, adequate healthcare, and economic security is increasingly threatened.

Save the Children's CEO, Carolyn Miles, writes about the struggles facing mothers in Myanmar. Read More

Facts About

More than 56 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 8 years

50 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $3 a day

Our Work

From the moment a child is born in Myanmar, their life chances are threatened. In some areas where we work, up to 60% of children are underweight. Children here will live shorter lives than anywhere else in Southeast Asia. Save the Children directly reached nearly three-quarters of a million children and adults with health and child survival programs. Save the Children also played a key role in the ensuing humanitarian response, responsible for nearly 10% of the total raised by the international community, and establishing a large-scale response that reached 40% of all the children severely affected.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 38,896
from harm

supported 143,470
in times of crisis

provided 258,659 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 57,046 families
feed their children

gave 18,273 children
vital nourishment

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015

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