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Myanmar

Myanmar is currently in a crucial period of transition to democracy following decades of isolationism. Due to the recent liberalization process, its central location in the region, and rich natural resources, it has much potential for development. Still, the country ranks 150 out of 187 in the 2014 UNDP Human Development Index. Decades of conflict and underinvestment in the public sector have severely affected the population, and the country is faced by recurrent natural disasters. Myanmar’s coastal regions are exposed to cyclones, storm surges and tsunamis, while major parts of the country are at risk from earthquakes, fires, flooding and drought. Climate change and widespread poverty have deepened the population’s vulnerability to such events.

Malteser International first began working in Myanmar in 1996, implementing small-scale relief projects with local partners, and it has been active with its own staff in the country since 2001. Today, Malteser International employs more than 350 national staff in Rakhine, Shan and Kayin states, where our work aims at ensuring communities have access to primary health care services. We also offer comprehensive WASH and disaster risk reduction/climate change adaptation solutions, and provide relief after disasters. We strive to enable and empower the most vulnerable communities in marginalized areas through a participatory and sustainable approach.

Malteser International Locations: Kayin State, Rakhine State, Shan State, Country Office in Yangon

Contact


Maren Paech

+49-(0)221-96441-233
Email: maren.paech(at)malteser-international.org

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