Our teams help children living in institutions to be reunited with their families and facilitate their access to education. Terre des hommes also offers better health care to pregnant women, mothers and children.

The situation in Myanmar

Poverty forces many children to flee rural areas to seek work in the cities. There they are left to fend for themselves living on the streets or detained in educational institutions run by the State. Due to high poverty rates and an insufficient health system, more than 5% of children die before their fifth birthday. At the end of 2015, devastating floods destroyed schools, hospitals and homes and have limited access to clean drinking water.

What we do

Child protection

In partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and local organisations, our experts help find the families and communities of street children being cared for in institutions or at risk of exploitation throughout Myanmar. Tdh follows the social reintegration of each child with its parents or extended family. Last year, we helped 3,500 children. We also train and mentor governmental social workers to improve child protection.

Maternal, newborn and child health

Terre des hommes helps vulnerable mothers, children, and pregnant women access better quality medical care and nutrition, reducing maternal and child morbidity. In collaboration with local authorities, our experts train health staff and raise awareness among mothers and caregivers. We also support urban mobile clinics which provide health care to poor families.

Natural disasters

Our teams help the local populations to better respond to floods and other natural disasters. We work with members of the communities to enable families to cover their basic needs by offering them financial support. Affected children can also take part in social and educational activities led by our experts. Terre des hommes provided emergency aid to more than 2,900 flood affected families in 2015.

Despite her young age, Yee Yee’s story is already remarkable. In her two years of life, she has been cared for by five different women and girls, including in prison. She was recently reunited with her family.

Yee Yee, former street child


Where we work

Terre des hommes in Myanmar

Beneficiaries in 2015

16,543 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

2 / 34

2016 Budget

CHF 837,655.-

Programme locations

All states and regions of Myanmar

Local partners

Department of Social Affairs, Ministry of Health, Child Focus Network

Supported by


Terre des hommes starts working in Myanmar in the wake of Cyclone Nargis. Our first actions include providing emergency supplies, rebuilding schools and communal toilets, and improving access to drinking water.
Start of a project, in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare, to reunite children with their families.
Emergency aid provided following severe floods. In collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare, Tdh started working with families and communities to protect children who are not able to live with their families.

Job vacancies

  • 1 July 2017 - Permanent contract - Yangon

    Country Representative - Myanmar

    As representative of the organisation, the Country representative coordinates and manages all activities linked to Terre des hommes projects in the posting country: project cycle management, networking, local fund raising, staff management, safety and security, finance and administration. ...

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Making an Impact for Children: Annual Report 2016
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems

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