Myanmar - ReliefWeb News
Summary: Since mid-July 2015, torrential rains in Myanmar have caused floods and landslides that have resulted in loss of lives, widespread displacement and loss of livelihoods. Further, Cyclone Komen, which eventually made landfall in Bangladesh, was sitting off the coast of western Myanmar bringing with it strong winds and further heavy rains, worsening the situation in parts of Myanmar. Of the 14 states in Myanmar, 12 have been severely affected. As of 20 August, the National Disaster Management Committee (NDMC) reports that over 1,615,000 people have been severely affected by floods and landslides in July and August. This includes a cumulative number of 384,905 households that have been, or remain, temporarily displaced during this period.
The government estimates that over 1.4 million acres of farmland have been inundated from June to August, destroying more than 667,000 acres of crops and significant damage to livestock, causing food insecurity amongst the population. While floods have receded in some areas and people have started to return to their homes, some still remain in evacuation centres. Though communications have been re-established, few affected areas remain cut-off as they are affected by flood waters flowing south. Further, access to remote areas is still limited due to mud and sediments, hampering assessments and relief efforts.
The needs of the affected population in different areas are varied, but most of the affected families’ needs include food, water and sanitation, access to health care, non-food items, and temporary shelter. Restoring livelihoods is identified as another priority need as the floods hit during the planting season which is usually the primary source of income for the affected families.
Local authorities, government of Myanmar, local civil society organizations, national and international nongovernment organizations, Red Cross Red Crescent Movement are continuously responding to the disaster. The Government continues to lead the emergency response and is providing guidance to ensure that recovery planning lays the foundation for longer term development. The government formed a Recovery Coordination Committee on 10 August to develop a recovery action plan that covers both early and long-term recovery activities.
Haka, 28 Aug—Kanbawza Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation, together with Chin State Chief Minister U Hong Ngai and State Education Officer Daw Win Kyi, donated relief supplies and K1 million each on 27 August to victims of the recent landslides in Chin State’s Haka Township.
A total of 517 houses in Haka collapsed in the landslides. The foundation also donated K582.5 million for the reconstruction of 10 basic education schools through Chin State Education Officer Daw Win Kyi.
Moreover, the foundation provided K30,000 in cash assistance for 67 patients at Haka People’s Hospital and donated two ECGs, 10 suckers, 10 air sep (oxygen concentrator), four nebulizers, four refrigerators and a washing machine to Kalay Foun People’s Hospital.
In Kalay, the foundation donated construction materials, fuel, school uniforms and stationery.
To date, the foundation has donated more than K6 billion to flood victims in Sagaing, Magway, Bago and Ayeyawady regions and Rakhine and Chin states.
Air KBZ has transported relief supplies to flood victims 49 times at its own expense.—KBZ
TaungTHa, 28 Aug—The township natural disaster management committee delivered 243 bags of rice donated by Mandalay Region Department of Relief and Resettlement to flood victims in Taungtha Township on 27 August.
There is enough rice to feed 3,064 flood victims from Thayaaye, Kyungyi, Aungzabu, Ywalaygon, Yabe, Ngapinsin and Hsinmin villages for three days.
Township administrator U Aung Kyaw Nyunt oversaw the distribution activities.—Kyaw Myo Naing (Taungtha)
Myanaung, 28 Aug—Water levels have dropped significantly in more than 30,000 acres of farmland in Myanaung Township, Ayeyawady Region, however another 20,000 are still waiting for the flooding to ebb.
The Township Agricultural Supervisory Committee recently compiled a list of damaged farmlands.
Government departments in the township donated 200 baskets of paddy seeds, while Htoo Foundation has delivered 500 baskets, the secretary of the committee said.
The secretary of Township Rice Federation pledged to donate 100 baskets of quality paddy seeds to local farmers and rice millers have announced plans to donate paddy seeds shortly.
Goldsmiths and a local social association donated cash to the Township Agricultural Supervisory Committee.—Nay Win Zaw (Myanaung)
This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.
UNHCR is calling for urgent action before the end of the monsoon season unleashes a new wave of people leaving on boats from the Bay of Bengal.
A new UNHCR report (see UNHCR website for link - http://www.unhcr.org ) estimates that in the first six months of this year, some 31,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshis departed from the Bay of Bengal on smugglers’ boats. This marks a 34-percent increase over the same period last year, and brings to 94,000 the estimated number of people who have risked their lives making the dangerous journey since 2014. Over 1,100 people are estimated to have died in these waters since 2014, including 370 in 2015.
The UNHCR report traces the events of May 2015 – when such maritime movements and government responses were thrust into the spotlight following the discovery of mass graves of people who died from abuse or deprivation in smugglers’ camps along the Thailand-Malaysia border. Last weekend’s discovery of 24 more bodies in north-western Malaysia is a reminder about the ruthlessness of the smugglers.
In a feature story http://tracks.unhcr.org/2015/08/abandoned-at-sea/ accompanying the new report, survivors interviewed by UNHCR detail their long and difficult journeys and claim to have often been towed or guided by authorities from one territorial water to another. At least 5,000 people were abandoned by smugglers at sea in May and eventually disembarked in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. Another 1,000 people remain unaccounted for but may have disembarked without the knowledge of the authorities. At least 70 people are estimated to have died on the boats that were abandoned in May.
The boat movements have temporarily stopped due to the monsoon rains, which have caused severe flooding in many areas across Myanmar. However, the maritime departures are expected to resume once the weather improves in the coming weeks.
UNHCR is urging governments to avert another crisis at sea by acting now on proposals http://www.unhcr.org/55682d3b6.html ma de to affected States in the context of the Bangkok Special Meeting in May.
Of those disembarked in May, most of the Bangladeshi nationals have been assisted home with the support of their government. The Rohingya, who cannot return to Myanmar at the moment, remain in the countries in which they were disembarked. UNHCR continues to advocate that the protection needs of this population are met and that they are given access to basic services while the root causes of their displacement are addressed.
UNHCR’s appeal for $13 million to respond and seek solutions to the recent maritime crisis is only 20 per cent funded, with contributions from the governments of Australia, Bangladesh, Japan, Korea and Norway, as well as a private contribution from the United Arab Emirates. More funds are needed in the coming months to enhance protection interventions for the Rohingya population in host countries, and to meet the humanitarian, human rights and development needs in source countries.
With the next “sailing season” expected to start in the coming weeks, UNHCR is working with agencies and other partners on an information campaign warning potential travellers of the risks of getting on smugglers’ boats.
At the regional level, more must be done to put systems in place to respond to the need for rescue at sea and for safe and predictable disembarkation. UNHCR looks forward to the establishment of a task force recommended at the Bangkok Special Meeting and reiterated at the Emergency ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime in July. UNHCR is also participating in global discussions on migration and human mobility next month, including mixed movements involving migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees.
For more information on this topic, please contact:
In Bangkok, Vivian Tan on mobile +66 818 270 280
In Geneva, Andreas Needham on mobile +41 79 217 3140
NAY PYI TAW, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Two military aircraft from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) arrived at Myanmar's Nay Pyi Taw International Airport Friday morning with relief supplies to flood victims of the country.
The aid supplies were handed over to the Myanmar side and were received by Lieutenant-General Ye Aung of the Defense Ministry in the presence of Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang.
The supplies include blankets, electric generators and tents to be used by Myanmar flood victims.
Another batch of PLA aid supplies will be delivered by two other military aircraft later. The total worth of the PLA supplies amounts to 10 million yuan (1.63 million U.S. dollars).
Since severe flood hit Myanmar in June, the Chinese embassy in Myanmar, China's southwestern Yunnan provincial government, Chinese enterprises investing in the country and local Myanmar- Chinese associations have actively engaged in flood relief measures along with the Myanmar side. In addition, the Chinese Blue Sky Rescue Team has carried out rescue operations in the flood-hit areas of the country, including Rakhine state, one of the four declared disaster zones.
Yangon, Myanmar, 28 August 2015 - With 9 days to go before political parties depart on their campaigning trail, children are calling for politicians to adopt a winning strategy: prioritizing children.
Up to 50 children, aged 12 to 18, will meet with representatives of political parties at a debate at the Park Royal Hotel in Yangon on 28th August 2015, to voice their hopes, dreams and concerns for the country. The event is organized jointly by UNICEF and the NGO Child Rights Working Group (NCRWG), in collaboration with the Union Election Commission.
“As political parties are gearing up for the election campaign, this forum provides an opportunity for children to directly influence the shaping of political party agendas and manifestos,” said Ni Ni Hla, Save the Children’s Head of Programme for Child Rights Governance. “This is also a platform for the voteless to speak for themselves.”
In Myanmar, children make up a third of the population and investment in children is key to ensure their needs are prioritized. Yet despite recent progress, over 4.4 million children in Myanmar between 5 and 18 years of age do not attend school, while 10 million children live in poverty. Myanmar has the lowest spending on health and education in the ASEAN region.
“Visions for development must all start with children, because children are the future of the country. Political commitment is the only way the country will achieve its development goals.” said Myo Myint Htun, Plan International’s programme manager for child rights and protection.
The event will encourage representatives from more than 80 political parties, to propose new commitments for children as part of their election campaigns for the country’s prosperity and unity. Simultaneously, it will urge parties to build on the initial plans that have already been put in motion, which will benefit children.
“We know that the primary motivation for voters participating in the upcoming elections is national development, which means that parents will vote with their children’s futures in mind,” said Mr. Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar. “Putting children at the top of the political agenda is good for political parties, good for voters, good for children, and good for the country. It is a clear winning strategy.”
UNICEF in Myanmar
UNICEF has been working with the Government and the people of Myanmar since 1950. In partnership with the Government and the civil society, UNICEF’s current focus of work aims at reducing child mortality, improving access and quality of education and protecting children from violence, abuse and exploitation. For more information about UNICEF and its work in Myanmar. Please visit: http://www.unicef.org/myanmar. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unicefmyanmar
NGO Child Rights Working Group (NCRWG)
The NCRWG, was formed in 2009 by Save the Children, World Vision and Pestalozzi with the vision of civil society working collectively to fulfill children’s rights. Today, the NCRWG is made up of over 50 NGOs and CBOs. The group has undertaken a wider campaign that will seek to engage NGOs, CSOs and children to demand commitments from political candidates in their townships to increase investment in the social sectors for children.
For more information, please contact:
Alison Rhodes, Chief, Advocacy, Partnerships and Communication Section, UNICEF Myanmar, Tel: +95-1-230 5960-69, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hlaing Min Oo, Advocacy Officer, Advocacy, Partnerships and Communication Section UNICEF Myanmar, Tel: +95 933347679, email@example.com
Lynette Lim, Communications Manager, Save the Children, Tel: +95 9250638569, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thet Ko Ko, Media Officer, Save the Children, Tel: +95 9974197262, email@example.com
Spokespeople are available for interviews:
Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar
Ni Ni Hla, Head of Programme, Child Rights Governance, Save the Children
Myo Myint Htun, Program Manager, Child Rights and Protection, Plan International (Myanmar)
Aung Soe Oo, Pan Taing Shin
Khin Khin Htwe, Heart of Youth
Khaing Min Htoo
World Vision Myanmar
“I am very happy that I received these cooking utensils and others materials for my household. It is very useful for us when we return to our home to restart our lives,” says Mar Mar, 30, a mother of an 8-month-old son.
The flood-affected families from the villages of Pwintbyu are displaced and staying in evacuation camps in Yenangyaung, set up by the government.
Mar Mar is from Htoo village, Pwintbyu Township where severe floods occurred in early August.
The people in this village are already vulnerable, most families can barely meet their daily needs, but the disaster made their lives even worse. Not only are their homes seriously damaged but they also lost their paddy and vegetable plants.
“Once the rain started, my uncle hired laborers and reaped his paddies and piled it up. Unfortunately, all the paddies were underwater within a day and a night. He lost everything. I was so sad to see that,” Mar Mar shared.
“Currently, we received rice, water and other materials, so we do not need to worry about living for the moment, but when the assistance stops, we will face difficulty,” Mar Mar adds.
“Water has now started to recede and we will return to our village. I foresee that we will face difficulty when we return as all our fields and plants are damaged,” Mar Mar worried.
The floods combined with the release of water from the dam brought with it sediment and mud which damaged the paddy and vegetable fields. The sediment also blocked the tunnel that supplies water from the dam to the fields.
“As we lost out plants, we will need paddy and vegetable seeds to regrow them,” she said in a low voice.
“It is not possible to clear the sediment in a short time. We need machinery to remove all the mud deposited in the tunnel. In this kind of soil, the only suitable type of crop to grow is green gram (a kind of pea). They could sell it within 60 days and buy paddy seeds,” Kyaw Lin Oo, an agricultural specialist who consults for World Vision Myanmar recommended.
World Vision Myanmar distributed 500 family kits donated by Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to families in five villages in Pwintbyu Township. A family kit includes the items like personal hygiene items, laundry soap, mosquito net, jerry can, kitchen set, blankets, candles, school materials, radio and water purification tablets. The organization also distributed P&G water purification sachets and demonstrated how to use them, to ensure people get clean water.
World Vision Myanmar is planning to help the flood affected communities with water and sanitation activities such as repairing of the damaged water sources in order to get clean water and construction of proper latrines to keep the environment safe and clean.
Nay Pyi Taw, 27 Aug
A seminar on the Union-level Comprehensive Community-based Year Two Project took place at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-2 in the capital on Thursday.
Speaking at the seminar, Vice President U Nyan Tun reaffirmed his government’s commitment to ending armed conflicts, shifting the country from least developed to middle-income status, eradicating poverty, promoting rural development and raising living standards.
Over the past two years, the government has spent K 9.36 billion on 1,822 development projects which benefitted 2.48 million people in rural areas.
Tangible results prompted Italy’s government and the World Bank to provide 20 million euros and US$400 million respectively for projects in 62 townships, with the vice president saying that the financial assistance would deliver much needed support to around seven million people.
Union Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Ohn Myint gave a brief on the measures being taken for the development of socio-economic infrastructure in rural areas through community-based development projects.
According to the ministry’s statistics, the development gap between the rural and urban areas has been narrowed down, with a gradual drop in poverty rates from 32 percent in 2005 to 26 percent in 2010.
The country has been making efforts to reduce the poverty rate to 16 percent in 2015, in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
At another event, Vice President U Nyan Tun met a delegation led by Ms Izumi Nakamitsu, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as the Director of the Crisis Response Unit.
They discussed ways to create new levels of cooperation in disaster preparedness, recovery plans, financial and technological assistance to Myanmar flood victims, and greater transparency in the distribution of international donations.
9-man medical team departs to treat waterborne diseases
Singapore, 28 August 2015 – The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) is deploying two response teams to the badly-hit Minkin township in the Sagaing Region, Myanmar, to serve over 1,200 families across seven villages.
The initial team departs on Saturday, 29 August. Together with partners on the ground, the team will distribute food such as beans, rice and cooking oil, as well as blankets to villagers, over four days. This will be followed by a 9-man medical team comprising three doctors, four nurses and two aid workers, that will serve the same community on a 6-day mission commencing on Thursday, 3 September.
“We are activating our healthcare volunteers to render essential basic medical care to the villagers largely to mitigate any onset of water-borne and vector-borne diseases as a result of the standing and slow-receding waters. Many villagers, whose lives have already been severely affected by the floods, are also susceptible to medical conditions such as wound and skin infections, respiratory infections, and even malaria,” said Benjamin William, SRC’s Secretary General/CEO. “We will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with our partners on the ground for relief and recovery efforts.”
Approximately 1 million people (of whom 400,000 reside in the three states of Chin, Magway and Sagaing) are affected by severe floods that started in July 2015.
Walk-in cash donations
Please visit the Singapore Red Cross at Red Cross House, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486, from 9am to 6pm on Mondays to Fridays.
Please make your cheque payable to ‘Singapore Red Cross Society’. On the back of the cheque, kindly indicate ‘Myanmar Floods 2015’, donor’s name, contact number and address, and post it to the above address.
DBS / POSB ATM
Insert your ATM card and select “English” and enter PIN when prompted Select “More Services” Select “Credit Card/Bill Payment” Select “Myanmar Floods 2015 Relief Fund” from the billing corporation list Enter telephone number as the Bill Reference Number Select account type (e.g. Autosave, Current or Savings Account) and enter donation amount At the confirmation screen, press “Confirm” to complete transaction
Login to DBS PayLah! Select “Send” > “Donation” Select “Myanmar Floods 2015 Relief Fund” from the charity organisation list Enter donation amount Click on “Donate Now” Select the tick to complete the transaction
DBS Internet Banking
Login to DBS iBanking Pay > Pay Bills Login with iB Secure Device Under Select Payment Option, select “Billing Organisation not in my pre-arranged list” Type in Myanmar Floods 2015 Relief Fund Enter telephone number as the Bill Reference Number Select account type (e.g. Autosave, Current or Savings Account) and enter donation amount At the confirmation screen, press “Confirm” to complete transaction
DBS Mobile Banking
Login to DBS mBanking Click on “Payment” > “Bill Payment” > “One Time Bill Payment” Select “Myanmar Floods 2015 Relief Fund” from the billing corporation list Select the deposit account to debit donation Enter telephone number as the Consumer Reference Number and donation amount Click on “Next” At the confirmation screen, click on “Confirm” to complete the transaction
For enquiries, please call the Singapore Red Cross hotline at 6664 0500 from 9am to 6pm on Mondays to Fridays. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singapore Red Cross efforts to date:
Contribution of USD100,000 worth of relief items Deployed an advance team for needs assessment and relief items distribution in August Launched a public appeal for the humanitarian relief efforts in Myanmar Launched the Restoring Family Links (RFL) service to help Myanmarese in Singapore get back in touch with their loved ones who were affected by the disaster
Donations made in response to any overseas disasters or humanitarian crisis are not tax deductible.
In the event that donations exceed the expenses incurred by Singapore Red Cross in that specific disaster response, any surplus or unspent money, after 3 years from the date of inception of the fund, can be used to prepare for and serve communities affected by other disasters or may be used to complement or to sustain projects undertaken by SRC in helping the vulnerable in areas affected by disasters.
The Singapore Red Cross recovers on a descending rate of not more than 5% in administrative fees for all fundraising campaigns or public appeals for overseas relief.
Afghanistan: The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge calls for enterprises to build peace through both business and social impact
Bangkok ‒ The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge 2015 is now open for applications to encourage Impact Enterprises (IEs) to show how they are building peace through market-based solutions for development challenges. Six IEs will win the Challenge and get a chance to showcase their work at a special UNDP-hosted event in New York.
Starting with six countries this year - Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines, the IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge is a platform for existing Impact Enterprises (IEs) to showcase how their business and social impact are creating sustainable and inclusive peace. IEs include mission-driven social enterprises, SMEs with positive social impact, and non-profits that generate revenue.
The Challenge invites IEs to showcase their impact based on any of the three focus areas - empowering women, engaging the youth, and catalyzing innovation and technology for peacebuilding.
“Innovative technologies that allow us to easily interact with people worldwide and give voice to the marginalized, such as women and youth, offer us unprecedented opportunities to build and spread lasting peace across the world,” said Ms. Caitlin Wiesen-Antin, Chief of Regional Policy and Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The UNDP initiated N-Peace Network, a multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia that supports women’s leadership for conflict prevention, resolution, and peacebuilding.
"By empowering women and youth to participate and lead in peace building, we can rapidly transform communities, intensify the drive for peace and strengthen a country's resilience to conflict," Ms. Wiesen-Antin added.
"Impact Enterprises are the perfect fit in the nexus of peacebuilding and impact investment. Many such enterprises already have their social impact aligned with critical development agendas such as health, education, and financial inclusion, and they are well-poised to scale transformative peace through their work," said Durreen Shahnaz, Founder and Chairwoman of Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), a leading organization in the global impact investing space whose mission is to impact 100 million lives by 2020 by linking development with finance.
Winning IEs will potentially have the opportunity to join IIX's Impact Partners - Asia's largest private placement platform of over 400 Impact Investors - and be equipped with investment readiness support and tailored mentorship to help them raise capital and reach the next stage of growth.
IEs operating in or that have an impact in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines are most welcome to apply. Applications will close on 18 September 2015, Friday.
About the IIX-N-Peace-Innovation Challenge
The IIX-N-¬Peace Innovation Challenge 2015 is an Impact Enterprise (IE) competition that aims to accelerate Asia’s inclusive peacebuilding agenda by identifying and supporting IEs working to empower women, engage youth, and catalyze innovation and technology in a scalable and sustainable way. Starting with six countries this year - Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines, the Challenge is a platform for existing mission-driven social enterprises, SMEs with positive social impact, and non-profits that generate revenue to showcase the positive impact they are creating to transform lives and magnify their ability to create sustainable and inclusive peace using market-based solutions. Six winners will be equipped with tools, networks and resources to deepen and scale their impact by providing them with tailored mentorship, impact assessment frameworks and intensive investment readiness services. The winners will be embraced as part of IIX’s community and connected with its network of +400 Impact Investors to help them raise capital to reach the next stage of growth. The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge is a joint initiative by the N-Peace Network, an inclusive peacebuilding initiative that promotes women’s leadership for transformation, and Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), whose mission is to impact 100 million lives by 2020 by linking development with finance.
UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
About N-Peace Network
N-Peace is a multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia seeking to advance Women, Peace & Security (WPS) issues. It supports women’s leadership for conflict prevention, resolution and peace building, and promotes the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, and related resolutions, at regional, national and community levels. N-Peace is currently active in Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines and Afghanistan, and have also held activities in Timor-Leste and Sri Lanka. Our members represent civil society, government, non-government organizations, academia, United Nations agencies, religious groups and the media. N-Peace’s mission is to Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment. N-Peace was established in October 2010 by women peace advocates at a meeting held by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Regional Centre to mark the ten-year anniversary of UNSCR 1325. Today, over 2400 practitioners are connected though this vibrant network.
About Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX)
IIX is a Singapore-based organization with a mission to provide Social Enterprises (SEs) in Asia greater access to investment capital, allowing them to more rapidly expand the impact of their activities. IIX now offers three investment platforms – Impact Accelerator™, Impact Partners™ and Impact Exchange™. Impact Accelerator™ provides seed-stage SEs with mentorship and private capital through a structured and customized process. Impact Partners™ connects accredited impact investors to selected growth-stage SEs who are looking to raise investment capital. Impact Exchange™, the world’s first social stock exchange operated by the Stock Exchange of Mauritius in collaboration with IIX, is a regulated stock exchange dedicated to listing and trading securities issued by mature SEs and other socially-driven organizations. To date, IIX has facilitated $11 million of investment impacting more than 8.2 million people across Asia with $19.5 million in social value created. IIX is based in Singapore. For more information, visit asiaiix.com and follow us on Twitter @asiaiix and Facebook at facebook.com/asiaiix.
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For the past few months, heavy monsoonal rains have caused flash flooding and landslides across Myanmar. Huge swathes of the country have been affected, with homes, crops and lives all being lost. Thousands of people are still displaced.
But the flooding has also brought another, longer lasting, and more sinister threat to survivors: malaria. Right now, pools of warm, stagnant water lay on the ground and mosquito breeding will skyrocket. Malaria deaths will almost certainly rise.
In one of the many villages affected by the flooding sleeps 2-year-old Ahdee. It’s humid, and so Ahdee’s mother has put him in the open air, hoping that the slight breeze will help her son sleep. What she doesn’t know is that just one bite from the thousands of mosquitoes that are buzzing around her home has the potential to kill Ahdee.
This threatening picture is the same in villages right across Myanmar; parents just don’t know the risks. And so the need to protect children like Ahdee is urgent.
World Concern is on the ground in Myanmar, working with these isolated rural communities to fight malaria and keep children like Ahdee safe. With your help, we can continue to attack malaria from four very important angles:
Immediate blood testing is made available to even the poorest families so that if a child becomes sick (high fever, and seizures), a blood test can be taken for health-workers to make an accurate diagnosis. This is the crucial first stage.
If the mosquitoes poison is in the child’s bloodstream, malaria can kill in a matter of hours, so medicine is quickly needed. Life-saving medicine is given to the child and works by battling malaria head on, and keeping the dangerous fevers away. But most importantly, the medicine keeps a child like Ahdee alive.
But there’s still work to be done to protect children at risk. Families are given insecticide treated bed nets to hang over sleeping little ones. These nets are large, specially coated in mosquito repellent and can often cover a number of children. But they’re also portable, meaning that family members can take them out of the home if they are outside at night. The thin blue netting keeps the mosquitoes away and puts a hedge of protection around those under it.
Last year, parent’s in Ahdee’s village sadly buried many young boys and girls, all killed by malaria. “We didn’t know why all the children kept dying.” said Ahdee’s mother.
So World Concern goes one step further and provides training for parents to be made aware of malaria’s deadly warning signs and what to do if their children get sick.
Children like Ahdee are sleeping unprotected and with all the extra water from the floods, the need is urgent. A gift of just $59 will cure and protect children like Ahdee before it’s too late. You will be giving them access to rapid blood tests, life-saving medicine and bed nets, and also be training parents on how to keep their kids safe.
And with the malaria threat so high in Myanmar, your gift today will be tripled! You can cure and protect 3x as many children as Ahdee, thanks to a special matching grant.