International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Myanmar

Thet Thet Phyo, an IRC nutrition officer, hands out seeds and teaches villagers
Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

Since we first responded with emergency aid after Cyclone Nargis in May 2008, the International Rescue Committee has expanded our work in Myanmar (Burma) to provide health care, water and sanitation services, livelihoods training, and support for community development projects. We work in some of the most remote areas of the country—including Rakhine, Chin, Kayin, Mon, northern Shan, Kachin, and Kayah states—and last year reached more than 462,000 people with vital assistance.

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How We Help

  • The IRC trains midwives and community health workers and supports mobile clinics to improve access to health care for women and children in remote areas.
  • The IRC partners with local communities to increase access to clean drinking water, improve sanitation facilities and prevent the outbreak of diseases by constructing water systems and building latrines and wash stands.
  • The IRC promotes economic recovery by teaching farmers about modern agricultural technology and techniques.
  • The IRC empowers communities to identify their own development needs and design and manage their own recovery projects, such as building new schools and health centers.
  • The IRC operates women and girls’ centers that provides skills training and specialized support to survivors of violence.
  • The IRC works with communities to build relationships of trust between groups that have been in conflict with one another and promote opportunities for productive dialogue.
  • The IRC also aids nearly 140,000 refugees from Myanmar in nine camps along the Myanmar-Thailand border. Read more about the IRC’s work in Thailand.
August 28, 2015 | Blog
The IRC is continuing to respond to widespread flooding in Myanmar that the United Nations says has displaced more than 1.7 million people. IRC mobile health teams and water and sanitation experts are working urgently to provide medical care, clean water and other emergency support in isolated communities.