Myanmar (Burma)

  • Transformation and renewal in Eastern ShanTransformation and renewal in Eastern Shan
  • Livelihood project (PRIDE)Livelihood project (PRIDE)
  • 7 Across7 Across
  • Essential leprosy servicesEssential leprosy services
  • Integrated rehabilitation and improved accessIntegrated rehabilitation and improved access
  • Realisation of disability rights in MyanmarRealisation of disability rights in Myanmar

Transformation and renewal in Eastern Shan

The project will increase the quality of life, community participation and the socio-economic status of persons affected by leprosy and disability. This is being achieved by providing medical care, health training and education on leprosy. Schools are also being built in partnership with other agencies to increase educational achievement in children. 

Integrated Rehabilitation and Improved Access

Fifteen disability resource centres and drop-in centres provide physical rehabilitation through physiotherapy to overcome disabilities, as well as counselling and emotional support. They support more than 100 rural communities. Over the last few years the project has helped more than 1,500 people affected by leprosy and their families, including about 150 leprosy patients who have undergone reconstructive surgery.

Livelihood project (PRIDE)

This project aims to reduce the physical and social barriers faced by 2,000 people with disabilities (including those disabled by leprosy) in seven states and regions in Myanmar (Burma). It has a particularly focus on improving their livelihood opportunities though both self employment and also working with businesses to promote inclusion. 1,000 people will be targeted directly by TLM Myanmar (Burma), with 1,000 people targeted through mainstreaming leprosy and disability through the programmes other NGOs by providing them with training on disability and leprosy inclusion.

7 Across

Co-funded by Tearfund, the aim of this project is to enable and inspire persons with disabilities across Myanmar to have increased participation in the social and economic life of their communities. The name '7 Across' refers to the seven levels of society in which the project seeks to work. This includes the biggest single advocacy campaign for people with disabilities in the country's history with thousands of people participating in events across ten cities.

Essential leprosy services

This project based at Mawlamyine Hospital is assisting approximately 4,000 persons affected by leprosy in southern Myanmar (Burma) in accessing prompt, affordable and effective treatment to prevent worsening disability. It is also providing people affected by leprosy with the skills to prevent further disability by implementing effective self-care programmes. Through the project new cases of leprosy are being assessed, treated and followed up to ensure high levels of completion rate of multidrug therapy. The hospital now provides reconstructive surgery services following recent training of a doctor at Naini Hospital, India.

Mawlamyine clinic construction

The new outpatients department building will lead to improved facilities at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH), enabling treatment of 200 patients per day. The project, co-funded by the Jersey Overseas Aid Committee (JOAC), will enable the hospital to have a greater impact in treating skin complaints, providing for people with disabilities, and in eradicating diseases of poverty connected to poor living conditions, low literacy and poor nutrition; such as tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and leprosy.  Treating more outpatients will give the hospital more income, helping to make it more sustainable, and will help break down barriers between people affected by leprosy and patients with other medical conditions.

Realisation of disability rights in Myanmar

This project, funded by the European Union, will work to build the capacity of Myanmar government departments in implementing the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities through training of officials and facilitating the involvement of people with disabilities in key meetings. It will also empower people with disabilities to secure their rights by increasing the capacity of disabled people’s organisations to advocate and engage in dialogue with government and civil society. The project will contribute to improved data and research on disability in Myanmar, and will study the advocacy and activities of self-help groups.