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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a significant challenge to public health in Myanmar (Burma). On World TB Day, we talk to TB patients and health workers in remote communities of the Naga Self-Administered Zone to discover how USAID’s HIV/TB Agency, Information and Services Activity, led by Community Partners International, is helping to ensure access to testing and treatment.
For Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, finding enough safe water to meet their daily needs can be difficult and exhausting. A new water network, built with Community Partners International's support, provides 800 Rohingya refugees with easy access to a reliable, safe water supply for their essential drinking, washing, and cooking needs.
Spiraling conflict and turmoil in Myanmar (Burma) are having a profound impact on children’s education. With support from Community Partners International, the Saya Foundation provides online training to teachers in Myanmar to support children’s access to quality education. We talk to a trainer and teacher about their work and the value of this support.
In Rakhine State on Myanmar (Burma)’s western coast, Ngapali Beach is one of the country’s foremost tourist destinations. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the turmoil following the February 2021 coup have crippled Myanmar’s tourism industry. With visitor numbers plummeting, many of Ngapali’s businesses have closed, cut hours and laid off staff. Women, who are employed widely in the tourism industry, have been severely affected. Community Partners International (CPI) is helping local organization Precious Lady train women in artisan skills and develop new sources of income.
Community organization New Life helps people living with HIV (PLHIV) in rural villages in Myanmar (Burma)’s Mandalay Region. We talk to an HIV-positive client, a peer educator and New Life’s co-founder about their experiences during Myanmar’s crisis.