Myanmar is one of the poorest nations in Asia, with a third of its people living in extreme poverty, and remains vulnerable to natural disasters.


Myanmar is one of the least developed countries in Asia, and the challenges for children are enormous.
  • More than five percent of all children born in Myanmar die before the age of five.
  • Around a third of the nation's population live in poverty.
  • Myanmar is particularly vulnerable to typhoons and flooding.
School children planting trees in Myanmar
School children plant trees as part of a Plan International climate change awareness program.
Children ECCD centre in Myanmar
Children play outside an early learning centre supported by Plan International.
Children eating at IDP camp in Kachin state, Myanmar
Children eat dinner at an internally displaced persons' camp, supported by Plan International.

How we're helping

Myanmar is very vulnerable to natural disasters like typhoons and flooding, so Plan International ensures children and their families can live safely and at minimal risk, working with communities to build a culture of safety and active participation in reducing risks from disasters and climate change.

We also create opportunities for children from birth to eight years, promoting parent behaviour change and empowering the community to ensure long-lasting impact.

We have also been working with villages to establish sustained water management and distribution systems in the community, and boreholes have been built in villages to provide drinkable water. Piping systems, hand-washing facilities and toilets have also been constructed in villages and schools.