Myanmar (Burma)

  • Transformation and renewal in Eastern ShanTransformation and renewal in Eastern Shan
  • 7 Across7 Across
  • Essential leprosy servicesEssential leprosy services

Transformation and renewal in Eastern Shan

The project, part funded by Tearfund, is increasing 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. In 2016, a GOAC grant helped improve access to water, power, sanitation and education in 13 leprosy villages, building 4 schools, 220 latrines and installing two mini-hydropower electricity units and two gravity flow water systems.

Integrated Rehabilitation and Improved Access

Fifteen Disability Resource Centres and drop-in centres provide physiotherapy to people, including children, with disabilities, as well as providing counselling and emotional support. They provide services to 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. 

7 Across

Co-funded by Tearfund, this project is enabling 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 is working. Activities include 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. As well as providing reconstructive surgery, it is also teaching people affected by leprosy effective self-care. Through the project new cases of leprosy are being assessed, treated and followed up to ensure high levels of completion rate of multidrug therapy.