Myanmar

Action Against Hunger supports livelihood activities like selling fish at markets in Myanmar.
Photo: ACF-Myanmar, J. Setser
Population
53.9 million
Human Development Index
145 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
388 employees
Program Start
1994

People Helped in 2019: 89,807

82,377
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
2,595
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
4,835
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

The humanitarian situation in Myanmar is characterized by a complex combination of vulnerability to natural disasters, food and nutrition insecurity, armed conflict, inter-communal tensions, displacement, trafficking and risky migration. The situation is compounded by chronic poverty and underlying structural inequalities and discrimination based on gender, disability, ethnicity and religion. According to the 2020 Humanitarian Needs Overview, more than 985,000 people in Myanmar need humanitarian assistance. Of these, 864,000 people are experiencing critical problems related to physical and mental wellbeing.

Action Against Hunger has worked in Myanmar since 1994, offering life-sustaining nutrition, food security, and water, sanitation, and hygiene support for vulnerable communities. Our current objectives are to improve access to treatment for acute malnutrition, assist populations affected by armed conflict, strengthen community resilience to natural disasters, and respond to chronic food insecurity and address undernutrition across Myanmar.

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In 2019, Action Against Hunger provided treatment for 5,327 severely malnourished children, 2,837 moderately malnourished children, and 865 malnourished pregnant and breastfeeding women through nine outpatient therapeutic program centers in Rakhine State. We also provided mental health and psychological support for people in distress.

Additionally, our teams conducted important advocacy activities in response to reduced access to humanitarian assistance for the conflict-affected population.
 

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