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
More than 56 Million
people 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
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...
children from harm
children 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
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