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In Myanmar (formerly Burma), HI advances the rights of casualties of mines and explosive remnants of war and people with disabilities, and promotes their inclusion in local communities.

Physical rehabilitation session - Humanity & Inclusion Myanmar

Physical rehabilitation session - Humanity & Inclusion Myanmar | © T. Calvot / HI

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HI provides assistance to victims of landmines and explosive remnants of war and to people with disabilities, helping them to access rehabilitation and psychological support. HI also helps people to protect themselves by raising awareness of the risks associated with mines and explosive remnants of war.

HI’s teams train medical teams in hospitals, including the emergency departments of children's hospitals in Yangon and Mandalay, in disaster preparedness, and advocates for the development of national disaster preparedness plans. They also train organisations of people with disabilities in disaster risk management and taking into account the needs of the most vulnerable.
The teams run rehabilitation sessions for people with disabilities affected by the conflict in the state of Kayin.

HI’s Myanmar programme also runs a disability early identification and intervention project (rehabilitation sessions, psychosocial support, etc.) for children under five and pregnant women, particularly those affected by natural disasters. The aim is to prevent the development of complications or disabilities.

It also seeks to ensure that people with disabilities have access to services such as health care and education, as well as new sources of income.


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Situation of the country

Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Myanmar

Negotiation between HI and the Myanmar government started in 1994, but the first operations are dated 2008, following cyclone Nargis.

The program, mainly focused on emergency response, was closed at the end of the response operations. In 2013, after a new exploratory mission, the program was reopened, initially focused on the possibility of starting humanitarian mine action.

Since the start of the COVID pandemic in 2020 and even more since the political crisis from February 2021, economy and financial services have collapsed and foreign investments have decreased, announcing a strong setback in the level of development and putting at risk of extreme poverty more than 50% of the population.

Myanmar remains the only regime in the world to make regular use of anti-personnel mines, but no mine clearance operations have been implemented.

Number of HI staff members: 120

Date programme opened: 1994

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