Fast facts

Population: 50.4 million 
Life expectancy: 62.7 years
Under 5 mortality: 98 deaths for every 1,000 live births
Maternal mortality: 240 per 100,000 live births
HIIV prevalence: 0.6%*
Access to improved drinking water: 75% (urban), 69% (rural)**

(Source: International Human Development Indicators; United Nations Development Programme, 2010; *HIV and AIDS estimate UNAIDS, 2009; **Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, WHO/UNICEF, 2008)


CARE in Myanmar / Burma*

CARE has worked in Myanmar since 1995. Our aim is to improve the living standards of rural communities through health education, emphasising HIV prevention and nutritional support for children and pregnant mothers. We also provide micro-credit, and water and sanitation programs, as well as ensuring families have enough food for healthy and productive lives. We have offices in 10 out of 14 states and divisions in Myanmar, with 850 staff members working on projects in hundreds of villages and towns across the country.



Our work in Myanmar focuses on:  
  • public health and hygiene
  • HIV prevention and care
  • food and livelihood security
  • water and sanitation
  • disaster risk reduction
  • gender.

Download more information on CARE’s work in Myanmar 

Help her earn

CARE is working with ethnic minority households and marginalised groups in west Myanmar to substantially enhance household livelihood security.

Contributing to their high levels of poverty and inability to access food are: difficult social conditions, lack of economic opportunities and living in highly populated and impoverished areas prone to natural shocks and disasters.

By forming women’s savings groups, starting community forestry activities and improving access to health, CARE will assist more than 10,000 households.

CARE will assist 6,000 women through members savings groups to meet their financial needs by helping them start small businesses and other livelihood activities.

Community forestry is helping landless, ethnic minority households to sustainably improve their livelihoods and increase their incomes. Communities work together at a village level to plan, establish, manage and harvest the forest crops.

CARE is also supporting up to 66,000 people through health education, prevention measures targeting common illnesses such as malaria and diarrhoea, and improved access to rural health centres.

Learn more about CARE’s work with women and girls

 ‘We should not sit and wait for help. We will need to overcome our difficulties with our own efforts.’

Myint received assistance from CARE and other humanitarian agencies following Cyclone Nargis which ripped through her home in Myanmar in 2008, however this strong woman is resolute that the successful recovery of her village will be dependant on the efforts of survivors like herself.


Cyclone Nargis: Two years on

May 2010 marks two years since Cyclone Nargis struck the Irrawaddy delta in Myanmar with unprecedented force. 

The Cyclone devastated entire towns and villages - 140,000 people were killed or remain missing. Approximately 2.4 million people were affected and CARE is continuing to provide humanitarian assistance to survivors.

CARE's initial emergency response focused on addressing the immediate needs of survivors through the distribution of essential aid. We are continuing to work with these resilient survivors through long-term development projects to recover their lives, livelihoods and dignity for the longer term.

While the event has been long forgotten by most, those who survived the storm continue to require assistance now, and will do well into the future. Watch the video below about the impact Cyclone Nargis had on the people of Myanmar and how they are rebuilding their lives with the generous support of our donors. 



Read more about CARE's work after Cyclone Nargis in 2008

* Myanmar is the name recognised by the United Nations and the country in question. Burma is the name recognised by the Australian Government.

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