Nay Pyi Taw
54.4 million

The COVID-19 pandemic requires a global response. With 8.8 million people still living without clean water in Myanmar, our work takes on an even higher sense of urgency. 

Without clean water, people are unable to wash their hands and protect themselves against the spread of coronavirus.

Our global response to COVID-19

Life in Myanmar is changing dramatically. After decades of military rule, the country is gradually opening up to the world and becoming a democracy.

We opened our Yangon office in 2016 to unlock people's potential with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Without all three, people can’t live dignified, healthy lives. With all three, they can break free from poverty and change their lives for good. 

Across the country, more than four in five people have clean water and almost three in four have decent toilets. But in many rural communities, where most people live, these figures are among the worst in Asia.

A lack of sustainable public infrastructure and resources has hampered efforts to reach people with these essentials. We will help the Government invest in these areas and ensure strong plans and systems are in place from the start.

people don't have clean water. 

That's over 15% of the population living without this essential.

people don't have a decent toilet. 

That's over 1 in every 4 people.

children under 5 die a year. 

Due to water and sanitation-related diseases.

We are already working with Government and agency partners to improve facilities for communities, schools and health centres. We are researching ways to bring more people the services they need, including menstrual hygiene management in monastic schools, and access to water and toilets for factory communities in Yangon.

We are also highlighting the importance of people’s rights to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Together, we can make sure these rights give people the best chance to fulfil their hopes for the future.

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