When May*, a female sex worker in Yangon, Myanmar, found out she was HIV positive, she was devastated. Limited awareness of HIV, and the illegality and stigmatization of sex work, puts female sex workers and their clients at greater risk. Research indicates that one in six female sex workers in Yangon is HIV positive.
The rising tide of conflict, displacement, and economic woe is taking a heavy toll on communities across Myanmar. In these tumultuous times, women and girls have become more vulnerable to domestic and gender-based violence. Safe houses and a network of community case workers operated by Community Partners International (CPI) partner, the Thandaunggyi Women’s Group (TWG) in Karen State, Myanmar, offer support, sanctuary, and an opportunity to rebuild shattered lives.
Myanmar’s economic crisis has put small businesses under pressure. We hear from entrepreneur and small business owner Ma Nan Htet Htet about how a microloan supported by Community Partners International (CPI) is helping her weather the storm.
As low-income communities across Myanmar struggle amid economic and political crises and widespread armed conflict, the risk of the spread of dangerous infectious diseases like tuberculosis (TB) is growing. Community organizations like Community Partners International (CPI)’s partner, the Hlaingtharya Development Network (HDN), are a vital resource in helping communities prevent and treat this disease.
Under Fire, Under Water: Sustaining Humanitarian Assistance to Conflict-Affected Communities in Myanmar’s Karen State
Amid flooding and conflict in southeastern Myanmar, we talk to humanitarian workers supported by Community Partners International (CPI), who ensure that essential services reach communities in urgent need.
As World Humanitarian Day approaches, we hear from Rohingya and Bangladeshi humanitarian workers, supported by Community Partners International (CPI), providing essential services to refugees and local communities in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh.
The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, provides free health care services to around 10,000 people with Community Partners International (CPI)’s support. They have diversified into organic farming, livestock rearing, and food products to help fund their health care activities and provide better nutrition to the communities they serve.
Against the backdrop of conflict, political turmoil, and economic crisis in Myanmar, a social enterprise supported by Community Partners International (CPI) is piloting a new approach to health care, bringing sustainable, affordable, high-quality primary health services within reach of low-income households.
In 2021, Community Partners International (CPI) began working with Rohingya traditional birth attendants in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh, to encourage pregnant refugee women to give birth safely in health facilities. The results are astonishing.
Children are suffering as conflict engulfs Myanmar (Burma). Chae, 33, whose youngest child is acutely malnourished, tells of the struggle to keep her children healthy.