Myanmar

Myanmar Children

EMERGENCY ALERT:

More than 200,000 children have been affected by the recent monsoons around the region caused by heavy rains and rains from a cyclone. Access to the worst-affected areas remains difficult, as roads are flooded and villages are believed to be under many feet of water. We are extremely concerned for children's survival, health and well-being. Food, clean water, shelter, hygiene supplies and warm clothing are urgently needed. Read our fact sheet.

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.

Facts About
Myanmar

More than 24 Million
people
live there

The average girl stays in
school only until she's 8

52 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
Myanmar

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 38,896
children
from harm

supported 143,470
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
vital nourishment


Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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