International Assistance in Myanmar
Why we are on site
Since 1948, Myanmar has witnessed armed conflicts between state security forces and various ethnic groups. The country has 135 ethnic groups in total. While minorities such as the Christian Karen fight for greater cultural and political autonomy, in some cases by armed force, the Muslim Rohingya are deprived of their citizenship.
Despite an opening toward democracy and economic progress, the country is one of the most fragile states. Myanmar is characterised by weak state structures, a lack of basic utilities and persistent displacement. Large segments of the population suffer from poverty and food shortages. Due to the use of landmines, in many areas, the freedom of movement is restricted. Along with its the internal conflicts, Myanmar has to deal with natural disasters. According to the United Nations, the country is one of the countries most affected by natural disasters worldwide. We promote peaceful and inclusive coexistence by protecting, restoring and improving the livelihoods of people and communities in areas affected by conflict.
What we achieve together with our partner organisations
Johanniter International Assistance has been active in Myanmar since 2008 together with partner organisations in the fields of health, nutrition, WASH and disaster preparedness. By taking measures to improve people’s basic source of income, we increase the resilience of particularly vulnerable communities. Our target groups are ethnic minorities, internally displaced persons, returning and host communities. In the case of landmine victims, we pay particular attention to their self-determined development, their physical and psychological rehabilitation and the strengthening of their social integration. We promote peaceful and inclusive coexistence by protecting, restoring and improving the livelihoods of people and communities in areas affected by conflict.