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Myanmar

Addressing the needs of the most vulnerable, from life-saving to life-building
17.6 million people in need
2 million people internally displaced
+ than 1.6 million people new internally displaced since february 2021
178.000 people helped

Context

The complex humanitarian situation in Myanmar has been for the past decades compounded by conflicts, vulnerability towards natural disasters, chronic poverty, underlying structural inequalities and discrimination, primarily on the basis of ethnicity and religion, which exacerbated the needs and vulnerabilities of affected people in many parts of the country.

The 2021 military takeover resulted in an increase of conflict, violence and protection risks, needs and displacements across the country. On top of the protracted crisis in Rakhine and in Kachin that has seen little improvements over the past few years come an estimated 1,6 million new internally displaced people, who fled their villages of origin due to conflicts based on ethnic and/or political grounds. Based on OCHA’s data, the country counts 17,6 million people in need in 2023.

Access to basic services is limited and livelihoods are threatened by conflict and lack of economic opportunities, particularly for the stateless Rohingya in Rakhine and for other Internally Displaced People.

Finally, in a context of climate change, Myanmar remains a country particularly vulnerable to natural disaster as it has been illustrated multiple times in recent history.

  • 54.4 million inhabitants
  • 149th out of 191 countries on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2008
  • Budget 8M€

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s first intervention in Myanmar goes back to 2008 as a response to the Nargis cyclone in the Delta region.

Today, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL Myanmar intervenes primarily in the States of Kachin and Rakhine. We provide the communities impacted by conflicts – displaced persons, returnees and host communities – or by natural disasters with access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), food security and livelihoods as well as shelters and non-food items.

In the context of an extended humanitarian crisis, our priority is to provide the most vulnerable populations with emergency assistance and access to basic services, while working with communities and local partners for a longer-term solution.

Thanks to our expertise, positioning and network of partners, we have been able since 2020 to provide a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to natural disasters affecting the country and to the emerging needs arising from conflict.

Our impact

Multisectoral emergency response

  • Emergency WASH assistance (kits, water distribution etc.)
  • Distribution of essential non-food items, including shelters, kits etc.
  • Cash for food & Multi-purpose cash transfer
water sanitation

Access to basic services and infrastructures

  • Assistance in the areas of water (filtration systems), sanitation (construction of latrines, faecal sludge and waste management) and hygiene
  • Livelihood development activities (including support to farmers and fishermen)
people helped

Community empowerment and resilience

  • Capacity-building of local organizations (Civil Society and Community-based)
  • Access to water (including reduction of water scarcity in Rakhine) and improvement of sanitation and hygiene infrastructures

Advocacy and technical expertise

  • Active participation in key humanitarian coordination and advocacy mechanisms 
  • Capitalization and sharing of expertise in the field of faecal sludge management and value chain analysis 

Should you have any questions, please contact Raphaëlle Goepfert.

Raphaëlle Goepfert

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