Emergency Alert: Rohingya crisis response needs to be scaled up urgently as desperation grows in Bangladesh. Almost 422,000 Rohingya children and families have fled to Bangladesh in the past two and a half weeks following a rapid and alarming escalation of violence in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, since August 25, including disturbing reports of hundreds of people, including children, being killed. Save the Children has been supporting the long-term needs of displaced Rohingya families and is now scaling up its relief work, and has distributed hundreds of shelter kits, set up ‘child friendly spaces’ to support children’s emotional wellbeing and provide a safe space to play, and is running child protection services and providing support to unaccompanied children. Donate now
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 and 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.
More than 53.9 Million
people live there
About 29% of girls and boys are out of school
50 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday
From the moment a child is born in Myanmar, their life chances are threatened. In some areas where we work children are underweight. Children here will live shorter lives than anywhere else in Southeast Asia.
Our Work in
Last Year, Save the Children...
children from harm
children in times of crisis
provided 511,200 children
with a healthy start in life
helped 1,827 families
feed their children
gave 28,009 children
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Since 2017, Save the Children in Myanmar has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Myanmar continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.
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Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2017 End of Childhood Report.
You can access detailed data here.
Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015;