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.
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.
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.
Bubble Tea and TB: Foodpanda Myanmar Delivers TB Messages in Innovative Link-up with Community Partners International
As Foodpanda riders weave through the streets of Yangon, Myanmar, they’re not just bringing noodles, bubble tea, and other tasty food and drinks to their customers. They’re also delivering important messages about diagnosing and treating tuberculosis (TB). Since World TB Day (March 24), more than 1,000 Foodpanda riders across the city have been wearing special shirts with the message, "If you've been coughing for two weeks or more, test for TB at your nearest clinic", emblazoned on the back in Burmese.
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.
On International Women’s Day, we meet Naw Wah Khu Say, a young woman entrepreneur from Karen (Kayin) State in Myanmar (Burma). She leads a social enterprise developing a dried, instant version of a traditional Karen soup called "talapaw".
In 2022, Community Partners International (CPI) funded scholarships for 17 members of ethnic and community-based health organizations in Myanmar (Burma) to study for a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree course at Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Public Health in Thailand. Against the backdrop of Myanmar’s coup, rising conflict, and deteriorating health system, we hear from four of the graduates about how their studies will help them to support essential health services for vulnerable and conflict-affected communities.
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.