In April, conflict in Chin State, western Myanmar, pushed villagers over the border into India where the Delta variant of COVID-19 was spreading rapidly. Soon after they returned, COVID-19 cases in Chin State began to spike. Due to Myanmar’s ongoing political crisis, the local public health system had little capacity to respond. Community Partners International (CPI) and local partner the Hualngo Land Development Organization (HLDO) mobilized to provide COVID-19 prevention and care to people in desperate need.
The B.K. Kee Foundation and other philanthropists have set up a $1.1 million match fund to help save lives in Myanmar (Burma) in the midst of a catastrophic surge in COVID-19 cases. The fund will double-match donations to Asia-focused California nonprofit Community Partners International's Myanmar COVID-19 SOS campaign while match funds last.
CPI Joins Call for an End to Violence Against Civilians in Myanmar and Warns of Imminent Humanitarian Crisis
Community Partners International (CPI) has joined with more than 40 international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) operating in Myanmar to call for and end to violence against civilians including children and warn of an imminent humanitarian crisis.
The statement, endorsed by 32 INGOs operating in Myanmar, highlights the potential immediate and longer-term impacts of the military seizure of power on the safety, rights and wellbeing of people across Myanmar, particularly those already experiencing vulnerability and marginalization.
Further to events in Myanmar (Burma) on Monday, February 1, 2021, Community Partners International (CPI) is gravely concerned for the welfare of Myanmar’s most vulnerable people.
On November 4, 2020, Community Partners International (CPI) held the second in a series of live webinars focused on “COVID-19 and Conflict in Myanmar’s Ethnic States”. At this second webinar, speakers from ethnic and community-based organizations in Myanmar’s Shan and Kachin States discussed their needs for additional assistance and support to ensure the effectiveness of their COVID-19 responses.
As an ER doctor in Los Angeles, I was fortunate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine a few days ago. After more than ten months' battling the pandemic day-to-day in the ER, it was an emotional moment for my colleagues and me to begin administering these vaccines.
In Kachin State, Myanmar, nearly 100,000 people live in displacement camps. Some have been there for 10 years or more, forced to flee their homes due to the conflict that continues to rage in this restive and contested region. COVID-19 is now spreading rapidly in Myanmar and the country has one of the world’s weakest health systems. The cramped and crowded conditions in displacement camps make residents especially vulnerable.
It's well known that singing can have health benefits, and dancing too. However, a group of health providers in Myanmar is taking this a step further – singing and dancing for everyone’s health.
At a recent webinar organized by Community Partners International, speakers from ethnic and community-based organizations in Myanmar’s Rakhine and Kayin States emphasized that cooperation is essential to an effective COVID-19 response.