Humanity & Inclusion in Myanmar
In Myanmar (formerly Burma), Humanity & Inclusion's team advances the rights of people injured by mines and explosive remnants of war and people with disabilities, and promotes their inclusion in local communities.
Since 1984, Humanity & Inclusion has been active in Burmese refugee camps along the Myanmar-Thailand border, setting up rehabilitation centers and supplying artificial limbs and mobility aids to people with disabilities that are built at workshops within the camps.
Since the start of theCovid-19 pandemic in 2020 and even more since the political crisis from February 2021, economy and financial services have collapsed and foreign investments have decreased, setting back development and putting more than half of the population at risk of extreme poverty.
Myanmar remains the only regime in the world to make regular use of anti-personnel mines.
Areas of Intervention
- Armed violence reduction
Humanity & Inclusion's 140-person staff provides support to casualties of mines and explosive remnants of war and people with disabilities, helps them access rehabilitation care and psychological support and ensures they are able to access a new source of income. Our team also helps people protect themselves by providing them with risk education on mines and explosive remnants of war.
Humanity & Inclusion trains medical teams in hospitals, in emergency services and natural disaster risk preparedness and performs advocacy work on the development of national disaster preparedness plans. The team also works with organizations led by and for people with disabilities to make sure people with disabilities are included in emergency preparation plans.
Working with children younger than 5 and pregnant women, our team works to identify disabilities early and provide rehabilitation sessions and psychosocial support to prevent the development of complications.
Our team works alongside people with disabilities to ensure access to services such as healthcare, education and employment. The organization also runs rehabilitation sessions for people with disabilities affected by the conflict in Kayin State.
Our Past Work
In Myanmar, Humanity & Inclusion promotes a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities or who are vulnerable. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of the communities where we serve.
Read on to learn more about our past work in Myanmar, and consider investing in our future.
Disaster Risk Reduction
Humanity & Inclusion responded to Cyclone Nargis in 2008.
To enhance the capacity of the region of Rangoon, Humanity & Inclusion trained 450 Burmese in disaster management, specifically how to assist those with disabilities in the wake of an emergency response operation.
To improve the quality of life of survivors injured by explosive remnants of war and other adults and children with disabilities, Humanity & Inclusion established a new survivor assistance center in Kyaukkyi providing both physical and psychosocial rehabilitation.
- Strengthened community and institutional resilience to natural hazards
- Built capacity of institutional and hospital staff to improve the quality of services provided to people with disabilities
Ensure All Children Have Access to Education
Humanity & Inclusion provided technical assistance to the Myanmar Independent Living Initiative and 200 other disabled people's organizations that work towards improving school accessibility for children with disabilities.