Capital: Nay Pyi Taw;
Language: Burmese, other minority languages;
Life Expectancy: 57;
GDP per Capita: U.S. $1,700.
Plan started working in Myanmar in 2008 following Cyclone Nargis, which tore through the country’s southern coast killing 140,000 people. Together with local partners, our post-Nargis activities included emergency relief, disaster risk reduction, early childhood care and development, and school construction.
In July 2012 Plan entered into a new, longer-term commitment in Myanmar with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
Our initial target areas include the regions/states of Ayeyarwady, Sagaing, Rakhine and Mandalay, although we are investigating the possibility of expanding into other areas including Kayah and Kayin State. Plan Myanmar is primarily implementing programmes in partnership with local organisations and has not yet started any sponsorship activities.
Plan’s programmes in Myanmar will include early childhood care and development; maternal and neonatal health with an emphasis on nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene; disaster risk management; and child protection. At present Plan is undertaking a sector situation analysis in these areas and also selecting specific townships in which to implement programmes.
Plan’s work has so far directly benefited over 194,000 people.