Lives on Hold: Making sure no child is left behind in Myanmar
An unprecedented period of change and opportunity is under way in Myanmar. But too many children have yet to feel the benefits.
Myanmar children in a Kachin camp hope for peace
KACHIN STATE, Myanmar, 22 May 2017 - Baum Myaw, 12, lives with her family at a camp for displaced people near Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, Myanmar.
A new life after spending teen years in Myanmar army
KACHIN STATE, Myanmar, 22 May 2017 - Zwe Chit left school when he was in grade eight. He started hanging out with four older friends. They all wanted to join the army and pushed him to do the same. He was 16 years old when he was recruited.
Broken sanctuary: attacks on schools in Myanmar
KACHIN STATE, Myanmar, 22 May 2017 - Zau Seng, 11, is a student at Nam Ya Middle School, in Moe Nyin District, Kachin State, Myanmar. He likes studying Myanmar and maths, and enjoys working in the school garden and playing catch with his friends.
Living in peace: Community engagement for child protection in Rakhine State
MAUNGDAW, Rakhine State, Myanmar, 12 October 2016 – When Saw Myat Thu was 20 years old, she discovered a new passion. Done with school and eager to help her family, she took a job as an assistant teacher at an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre in Maungdaw, Myanmar. To her surprise, she loved it.
Solar pumps bring safe water to families in Myanmar
MAGWAY REGION, Myanmar, 3 June 2016 – Mon Taw village is a community located in Pauk Township, north-western Myanmar. Most regions of the country receive large amounts of rainfall each year, but Magway regularly experiences droughts, which are being exacerbated by the impacts of climate change.
In Myanmar, uniting for children’s health and nutrition
KACHIN STATE, Myanmar, November 2015 - “I could hear the planes bombing the area, the constant gun shots and mine explosions,” Lwan No recalls. Lwan No was caught in the middle of the civil conflict in Kachin State, in northern Myanmar. To save her life, Lwan No fled her village empty-handed.
In Myanmar, the power of education to build a joint future
SITTWE, Myanmar, 4 September 2015 – Thu Zar Moe, 12, lives with her father and four siblings at Thea Chaung displacement camp, near Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state. In 2012, her family fled their home in Ahnauk San Pya village.
Providing access to clean water in Myanmar’s Rakhine state
SITTWE, Myanmar, 21 August 2015 – A boat journey of less than an hour separates Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state, from Ah Nauk Ye village, where more than 1,000 Muslim families were relocated after the 2012 intercommunal violence in Rakhine State. Although the camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) was set up a few steps away from the waterfront, it faces serious water shortages every dry season.
UN Executive Boards size up opportunities and challenges in Myanmar
TAUNGGYI, Myanmar, 18 June 2013—Myanmar’s rapid transition has not escaped the attention of the Executive Boards of the United Nations agencies working in in country, namely UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, WFP, UN Women and UNOPS. In an effort to engage the country’s government and people, the Boards of the six agencies chose Myanmar for their annual joint field visit this year.
International effort responds to the needs of children in Rakhine State, Myanmar, across ethnic lines
RAKHINE STATE, Myanmar, 5 March 2013 – The ethnic conflict that erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in June 2012 and had a resurgence in October displaced 115,000 people, and caused loss of life and livelihood.
As UNICEF and partners redouble efforts to deliver emergency assistance to Rakhine State, Myanmar, two children give voice to the situation
RAKHINE STATE, Myanmar, 21 November 2012 – Since ethnic tensions erupted in Rakhine State in June, the conflict has displaced an estimated 110,000 people.
In Myanmar, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan visits children affected by human trafficking
YANGON, Myanmar, 11 July 2012 – 12-year-old Zaw* is a boy trying to build a future. Life has not always been kind to Zaw, who was trafficked as a young child to Malaysia and then forced to beg in the streets.
UNICEF-trained volunteers promote exclusive breastfeeding in Republic of the Union of Myanmar
PHYU, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, 26 April 2011 – Daw Than Than Sein, 62, has seen and done it all when it comes to child rearing. She is a mother of 10 and has eight grandchildren.
UNICEF trains health volunteers to promote exclusive breastfeeding in Myanmar
OKTWIN, Myanmar, 6 December 2010 – Bant Bwae Kone village in Oktwin township, located in Myanmar’s Bago Region, is one of the villages selected by UNICEF and the National Nutrition Centre (NNC) at the Ministry of Health in a new initiative to promote exclusive breastfeeding for infants and young children.
Five years after tsunami, Myanmar battles repeat disasters
NGAPUTAW TOWNSHIP, Myanmar, 21 December 2009 – In spite of the battle for life and livelihood since the tsunami hit in 2004, daily life continues in remote Phone Daw Pyae in Ngaputaw Township.
UNICEF teams up with traditional folk groups to teach good hygiene in Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar 27 October 2009 – For centuries, Myanmar’s hugely popular traditional folk performance or ‘Zat’ groups have travelled the country, entertaining audiences with comedy, song and dance.
UNICEF rebuilds a child-friendly school in cyclone-affected Myanmar
DIDIER, Myanmar, 28 July 2009 – Aye Nandar Win enjoys attending fifth grade at the rebuilt Sinku Primary School here in cyclone-affected Didier Township. "I love this school!" she exclaimed. "I love the space, the colours, my desk – everything."
UNICEF restores water supplies in cyclone-affected Myanmar
KATIPAR YWAR THIT, Myanmar, 17 June 2009 – A child laden with heavy water buckets isn’t always a cheerful sight. But in Katipar Ywar Thit village, it has a different connotation.
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director appeals for donor support in post-cyclone Myanmar
KUNGYANGON, Myanmar, 29 May 2009 – On a recent visit to Myanmar, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde F. Johnson made a strong appeal to donors to assist recovery efforts here – especially on issues of housing and income generation – one year after the devatstation wrought by Cyclone Nargis.
Investing in polio vaccination for all of Myanmar’s children
NORTHERN SHAM STATE, Myanmar, 22 January 2009 – Despite demanding tasks at home and on the family plantation, Ei Tume, 20, had a sound reason to be excused from her daily duties. As a health team arrived in Ho Waing village, part of Wein Kao Township, Ei Tume brought her two-year-old son, Ey Tun, to the village immunization post.
Life-skills training helps young people to prevent HIV in Myanmar
KYAING TONG, Myanmar, 29 December 2008 – In the village of Wan Ku Thit, a remote Ah Khar ethnic group enclave in Kyaing Tong Township, eastern Shan State, very few people are aware of the risk of HIV and how to prevent AIDS.
UNICEF Myanmar supports midwives’ wider role in the wake of Cyclone Nargis
KANYINHINE VILLAGE, Myanmar, 24 December 2008 – Daw Aye Aye Mon, 31, has been working as a midwife for 10 years. The mother of two is taking care of patients in six villages. Her health centre is located in Kanyinhine, about a two-hour boat ride from Labutta.
Six months on, Myanmar marks progress in recovery from Cyclone Nargis
NEW YORK, USA, 4 November 2008 – In early May of this year, hundreds of thousands of people in south-western Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta were forced from their homes by Cyclone Nargis. Today, six months on, emergency relief efforts are on track, but more support is needed to ensure long-term recovery for cyclone-affected children and their families.
Local officials learn how to raise awareness about bird flu in Myanmar
NYAUNG SHWE, Myanmar, 13 October 2008 – More than 60 health and livestock professionals are now ready to implement their communication workplan on avian influenza, which was drafted during a recent three-day training session held in Nyaung Shwe Township, Shan State.
UNICEF supports education at relief camps for cyclone-affected families in Myanmar
BOGALAY, Myanmar, 26 September 2008 – In an area heavily affected by Cyclone Nargis in May, it was a special day at Auk Paing Primary School in Bogalay. All 619 students were to receive new UNICEF backpacks filled with learning materials, including notebooks, pens, pencils, a ruler, a sharpener and an eraser.
UNICEF helps to clean contaminated water supplies in cyclone-affected Myanmar
IRRAWADDY DIVISION, Myanmar, 9 September 2008 – In Myanmar's cyclone-affected Nga Yoke Kaung village, drinking water traditionally comes only from two ponds. The recent cyclone in the Irrawaddy Delta not only destroyed homes and severely damaged the remote village's primary school, but also contaminated its primary water source.
Child-friendly spaces allow cyclone-affected children in Myanmar to enjoy life again
YANGON, Myanmar, 5 September 2008 – About a 30-minute boat ride from Bogalay lies Myanmar’s Kyet Taung Chaung village. To access the village, one has to walk through deep mud, climb over wobbly wooden bridges and balance on tree trunks.
UNICEF continues relief efforts for Myanmar cyclone victims
YANGON, Myanmar, 12 August 2008 – UNICEF Myanmar has pledged to continue relief works until the lives of cyclone-affected families are fully restored.
Breastfeeding vital for Myanmar’s cyclone-affected children
SOUTHERN BOGALAY, Myanmar, 7 August 2008 – Ma Khin Mar San lives in Kyonegyi Konethechaung, one of the rural islands in Southern Bogalay in the Irrawaddy Delta.
Cyclone-affected children in Myanmar return to the classroom
LAPUTTA TOWNSHIP, Myanmar, 22 July 2008 – The school year here in the southern Irrawaddy Delta region was supposed to resume last month. The destruction and damage affecting nearly 60 per cent of the area’s public schools in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, however, prevented classes from starting on time.
Aid for cyclone-affected schools, still struggling in remote areas of Myanmar
NEW YORK, USA, 17 July 2008 – In the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, up to 1 million people were displaced from their homes and villages in Myanmar. Over the past two months, a massive effort has sought to repair the damage caused by the storm – especially in the Irrawaddy Delta, where it hit hardest.
UNICEF begins rebuilding schools in cyclone-stricken Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar 17 June 2008 – The weather has become an added challenge to delivering aid in cyclone-ravaged Myanmar.
Child-friendly spaces provide refuge for cyclone-affected children in Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar, 5 June 2008 – At the offices of the Yangon Kayin Baptist Women’s Association, a room once used for storing office equipment and documents is now filled with laughing and playing children, all of whom were displaced by the devastation of Cyclone Nargis.
A month after deadly cyclone, classes resume in Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar, 3 June 2008 – A new school year has begun as children head back to classes, just one month after Cyclone Nargis damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 schools in Myanmar.
Cyclone-affected children heading back to school in Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar, 27 May 2008 – As many cyclone-affected children are preparing to head back to school next week, UNICEF and its partners have been distributing essential school supplies by everything from truck to boat.
A health worker sets aside personal loss to help others recover in Laputta
LAPUTTA TOWNSHIP, Myanmar, 23 May 2008 – Health worker Myint Myint Yi lost her home when the cyclone struck the small town of Laputta. Although her life has been turned upside down, she has put her misery aside for the moment in order to help others.
UNICEF and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcome news of more international aid access in Myanmar
NEW YORK, USA, 23 May 2008 – UNICEF has welcomed the announcement by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that Myanmar’s leaders will allow more international aid workers into the cyclone-damaged areas of the Irrawaddy Delta.
Child-friendly spaces offer protection and hope for cyclone-affected families
PHAYARGYI VILLAGE, Myanmar, 22 May 2008 – When the 10-foot tidal wave surged into three-year-old Thè Su Wai’s village in Kungyangone Township, she was swept away from her mother, somehow managing to survive by holding on to a strong tree.
Vaccination campaign continues in cyclone-affected Myanmar
LAPUTTA TOWNSHIP, Myanmar, 21 May 2008 – The rush to provide relief to the victims of Cyclone Nargis continues. The United Nations now estimates that as many as 2.5 million people have been severely affected by the cyclone and its aftermath. Forty per cent of those affected are children.
Psycho-social support helps children deal with the ‘storm in their mind’ after Cyclone Nargis
KAWHMU TOWNSHIP, Myanmar, 19 May 2008 – Cyclone Nargis may be over but the effects are not gone. Since the storm devastated the impoverished Irrawaddy Delta in southwestern Myanmar two weeks ago, the villagers have united to rebuild, one by one, their small, fragile homes, made of leaves and bamboo.
A UNICEF team visits a struggling village in cyclone-affected Myanmar
KOE TAUNG, Myanmar, 15 May 2008 – UNICEF Myanmar staff members recently travelled by boat along with two health workers from the Kawhmu Township Health Department to offer hope to a remote village in cyclone-affected south-western Myanmar.
Growing concern for the safety of Myanmar’s storm-affected children
NEW YORK, 19 May 2008 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit the cyclone-damaged region of Myanmar this week. The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes began a three day visit there yesterday.
UN Secretary-General appeals for further cyclone aid as UNICEF supplies arrive
NEW YORK, USA, 14 May 2008 – The devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis could quickly turn into a catastrophe for the people of Myanmar. According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the health of at least 1.5 million people is at severe risk.
UNICEF focuses on restoring normalcy for young survivors of Cyclone Nargis
GYO PHYU, Myanmar, 12 May 2008 – “We ran to higher ground when the water rose,” explained Kaung Myat, 12, standing on what used to be his family's bamboo hut in Gyo Phyu village, part of Kungyangone township in Myanmar’s southern Yangon Division.
A monastery provides shelter for villagers after the cyclone in Myanmar
KYAUKTAN, Myanmar, 9 May 2008 – One week ago, Cyclone Nargis blasted the southern coastal area of Myanmar at 190 kph – one of the worst natural disasters the country has experienced. The township of Kyauktan was one of the hardest-hit areas.
UNICEF safe-water supplies arrive in Myanmar to aid cyclone survivors
NEW YORK, 9 May 2008 – A Thai International airliner carrying 3 million water-purification tablets for the victims of Cyclone Nargis landed in Myanmar’s former capital, Yangon, at 8:45 local time this morning.
UNICEF and partners appeal for funding to aid families in Myanmar’s cyclone zone
NEW YORK, USA, 8 May 2008 – To meet the urgent needs of children and women affected by the cyclone last weekend in Myanmar, UNICEF today issued an emergency appeal for $8.2 million. The initial funding request is part of an interagency appeal prepared with the organization's UN partners.
UNICEF crisis response focuses on water and hygiene in aftermath of Cyclone Nargis
NEW YORK, 7 May 2008 – With 5,000 square km underwater and an estimated 1 million people homeless and in need of assistance, Myanmar continues to reel from the effects of Cyclone Nargis, which struck last weekend. In its response to the crisis, UNICEF is focusing on providing safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families at risk of life-threatening water-bourne diseases.
Myanmar mobilizes to protect 7 million children against polio
SHAN STATE, Myanmar, 23 November 2007 – Midwife Daw Kyin Nu is braving the cold rain in the hilly regions of Shan State, Myanmar, as she goes house to house to vaccinate children under the age of five against polio.
Ceramic water filters improve water quality for rural communities in Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar, 28 August 2007 – “I am not the only one who prefers to drink water from the tap of the blue bucket,” says Ma Eh Wah, a mother of two children who lives in A Pyin The Phyu village in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar.
UNICEF supplies arrive in Thandwe to help Myanmar flood victims
YANGON, Myanmar, 12 July 2007 – UNICEF emergency supplies have arrived in Thandwe township in Myanmar’s Rakhine State to help families affected by the recent floods there.
EXCEL education programme is bridge to the future for children in post-tsunami Myanmar
ASIN CHAING, Myanmar, December 2006 – Asin Chaing is a quiet coastal village in the Ayeyarwady Division of Myanmar. In the 2004 tsunami, the village and its neighbouring communities suffered widespread destruction, and to this day they are still carrying the burden left by the disaster.
Water and sanitation for tsunami-affected schools and communities in remote Myanmar
PHONE DAW, Myanmar, December 2006 – It’s a brand new school day for the children of Phone Daw, a remote fishing village. With its red roof and unspoiled yellow walls, the village school is a haven for children who endured great loss in the tsunami.
In Myanmar, 5 million children receive vitamin A
OKKALAPA, Myanmar, June 2006 – In a township outside Yangon, Myanmar’s capital city, health workers visit the home of Aye Aye Thwe and give her child a free dose of vitamin A.
Myanmar: UNICEF-supported initiatives are keeping children healthy
YAUK KA LAT, Myanmar, December 2005 – One of the first things a visitor notices when arriving in this seaside village is the happy sound of children’s voices in the salty ocean air, as they run through green fields or play in dusty lanes.
Myanmar: Supplies allow cash-strapped parents to keep children in school
YANGON, Myanmar, December 2005 – Seven-year-old Chit Po Po couldn’t be happier being back in school, amongst her friends, laughing again. Happiness was in short supply last year after tsunami waves ripped through her quiet coastal village of Dee Du Gone, and other parts of Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy Delta.
UNICEF “Young Journalists” hit the streets of Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar, 3 November 2005 - UNICEF Myanmar has trained a dozen “young journalists” between 12 and 17 years of age who have been placed with eight of the leading private print publications in Yangon.
Myanmar: 5 million children get supplemental vitamin A to preserve vision and protect health
OKKALAPA, Myanmar, 27 October 2005 – In this township outside Myanmar’s capital Yangon, health workers visit the home of Aye Aye Thwe, and give her child a free dose of vitamin A. As Aye Aye Thwe nestles her child in her arms, a midwife gently pinches the boy’s cheeks and squeezes a few drops from a vitamin A capsule into his mouth.
Myanmar: UNICEF trains young journalists on child-focused reporting
YANGON, Myanmar, 20 July 2005 – Twenty-four young journalists in Myanmar have finished a two-week media training course organized by UNICEF. Training was provided on international standards of news reporting, child-focused reporting and media ethics.
Myanmar: Many still rely on tsunami relief supplies from 6 months ago
PHONE DAW BYAE, Myanmar, 21 June 2005 - When the Indian Ocean tsunami pounded the sleepy fishing village of Phone Daw Byae last December, more than 100 families lost their homes – destroyed by the relentless waves. Six months later the shattered wreckage still litters the sandy ground near the shore.
UNICEF brings fresh water to survivors in Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar, 6 January 2005 - UNICEF and the government of Myanmar are working in close coordination to make sure the tsunami survivors are getting the supplies they need.
Myanmar's children at risk for deadly diseases
YANGON, Myanmar, 30 December 2004 – UNICEF and the government of Myanmar are working in close coordination to assess the impact on the country of last Sunday’s tsunami ocean surge.
Myanmar’s auxiliary midwives: Helping children get the best start in life
YANGON, Myanmar, 14 April 2005 – The rural village of Kan Tha Phu, located on an island off Myanmar’s western Ayeyarwaddy coast, is many days travel and seemingly scores of years removed from the hustle and bustle of the capital city of Yangon. Most of Kan Tha Phu’s families are members of the Kayin ethnic group, as is auxiliary midwife Daw Khin San Myint.
Taming an invisible menace: Protecting Myanmar’s families from arsenic
YANGON, Myanmar – 11 April 2005 - The village of Zin Pyun Gon, nestled in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy Delta, appears idyllic at first glance. For the past few years, however, an invisible hazard has been threatening the health of Zin Pyun Gon’s children and families. While the water that gives them life looks clean and tastes good, it actually contains arsenic, which over time can slowly cause a series of serious ailments.
UNICEF brings clean water to schools in Myanmar
KAWHMU, Myanmar, 11 April 2005 - Every morning, the students of Aphyauk primary school start their day with a song. But it’s not the alphabet song or a nursery rhyme. It’s a catchy tune about scrubbing well with soap and water. Lead by their teacher, Daw Khin Sein Mya, the children dance while they sing, moving their hands in small circles to demonstrate a proper scrubbing motion.
A new beginning for the people of Kine Thaung Island
KINE THAUNG ISLAND, Myanmar, 21 March 2005 - Most villagers on Kine Thaung Island can never imagine life being the same again. When the tsunami pounded the village on a quiet Sunday morning in December, a number of young children were swept into the sea.
UNICEF programme helps educate children about HIV and AIDS
YANGON, Myanmar, 31 January 2005 – A battle is raging in the classroom at Primary School Number Seven in Kyinyindine Township, on the outskirts of Myanmar’s capital city of Yangon. It’s a battle between the forces of HIV and the body’s immune system acted out by a dozen children for the benefit of their 11- to 13-year old classmates.