Dry Zone

Mobilising states and regions for children

UNICEF Myanmar/2016/Kyaw Kyaw Winn

What we do

UNICEF supports over five million children living in the Dry Zone (Mandalay, Sagaing, Magway) through its Field Office in Mandalay. Although these are the most developed regions in Myanmar, child poverty rates remain high, in particular in remote and hard-to-reach areas, such as Nagaland in northern Sagaing. The Dry Zone experiences regular flooding and drought.

Key results in 2018:

  • For the first time in Myanmar, an entire township - Myinmu township in Sagaing Region (comprising 84 villages) - was declared open defecation-free (ODF).
  • UNICEF supported the expansion of the Emergency Paediatric Care Programme (EPCP) in Magway and Sagaing regions.
  • 21st century skills and related facilitation and monitoring methodology benefited 19 university student trainers, 150 peer-to-peer educator student advocates, and 30 teachers, who mentor and support the facilitation of educational talks. So far, a total of 8,337 students in 15 schools participated in the talks and acquired new knowledge on the effects of drug use and menstrual hygiene education in addition the skills trainings.
  • Sixty hoteliers and transporters, and 298 tour guides acquired knowledge on how to make the growing tourism industry safe for children particularity in addressing child trafficking and physical and sexual abuse.