The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has provided crucial assistance to the people of Myanmar through a one-year project funded by the European Union (EU) to respond to the ongoing insecurity and the impacts of COVID-19. 

The humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, compounded by the recent impact of Cyclone Mocha, is dire. Prolonged conflict, collapsing basic services, economic downturn, and the devaluation of the Myanmar kyat have increased poverty. Nearly 40% of the population lives in poverty, and more than 17.6 million people urgently require humanitarian aid.

The IRC has been providing life-saving humanitarian assistance in Asia for nearly five decades. In countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Thailand, IRC has been instrumental in supporting refugees and displaced people facing crises caused by conflict and climate change. IRC's support ensures that families have access to emergency supplies, healthcare, education, and livelihood opportunities, promoting their survival and well-being.

Launched in March 2022, the EU-funded project addressed the key emergency needs of nearly 128,000 individuals, including 78,000 women and 50,000 men, through vital protection, health, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions.

This collaboration between IRC and the European Union highlights the critical importance of humanitarian support in Myanmar. 

Currently, the impact of Cyclone Mocha, combined with the ongoing conflict, is expected to significantly increase humanitarian needs. However, the current funding for the Humanitarian Response Plan is insufficient. Continuous support from the European Union remains crucial to providing vital assistance to populations exposed to increased risks and needs.

About our work with the European Union

The International Rescue Committee partners with the European Union to provide life-saving support to people caught in conflict and disasters around the world. Our work funded by the EU enables people to survive, recover and rebuild their lives.