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
332 employees
Program Start
1994

People Helped in 2020: 77,041

38,177
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
37,536
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
1,328
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Myanmar faces major challenges, especially due to frequent armed conflicts, intercommunal violence, and vulnerability to natural disasters. Undernutrition is endemic, with acute malnutrition rising to 7% in 2020. In the Rakhine region, where 90% of Action Against Hunger's activities take place, humanitarian challenges have increased, following an upsurge in fighting that began in December 2018 and has displaced tens of thousands of people. In 2020, Myanmar was among the countries with the highest rates of infection and death from COVID-19 in the Southeast Asia region.

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Action Against Hunger's team in Myanmar works to treat and prevent malnutrition and to strengthen health systems. We are committed to promoting resilient, equitable, and inclusive access to nutrition; supporting health and mental health services to prevent and treat acute malnutrition; and mitigating the consequences of nutrition insecurity by improving health, family wellbeing, care practices and nutritional outcomes.

To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we raised awareness through media and community mobilization. Our psychosocial team offered remote support by telephone. To address food insecurity caused by the pandemic, we provided cash assistance for the purchase of food. 

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