The IRC in Myanmar
In 2008, the International Rescue Committee launched aid programs in Myanmar (also known as Burma) following the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis. Today, the IRC provides health, water and sanitation, livelihoods and social development programs in some of the most remote areas of the country including Rakhine, Chin and Kayah states.
How We Help
- The IRC trains midwives and community health workers and supports mobile clinics to improve access to healthcare for women and children in remote areas.
- The IRC works with local communities to increase access to clean drinking water, improve sanitation facilities and prevent the outbreak of diseases by constructing water collection systems and building latrines and wash stands.
- The IRC promotes economic recovery, teaching modern agricultural technology and techniques to farmers.
- The IRC empowers communities to identify their own development needs and design and manage their own recovery projects, such as schools and health centers.
- The IRC also aids nearly 140,000 refugees from Myanmar in nine camps along the Myanmar-Thailand border.