HelpAge International, Myanmar Country Office
HelpAge International established a country office in Myanmar in 2008. It has since been working closely with communities to develop multifunctional Older People’s Self Help Groups (OPSHG) and inclusive Village Development Committees (VDC) in the most marginalised areas of Myanmar.
Currently, HelpAge International in Myanmar implements nine projects in seven regions across the country.
- Reducing Economic Vulnerability through an Equitable/Inclusive Approach to Livelihoods (REVEAL) Project:This three-year long REVEAL project aims to improve livelihoods and reduce the economic vulnerability of food deprived households in 30 of the neediest villages in the Central Dry Zone of Myanmar. This project has developed an inclusive community led development model ensuring active participation of older persons, persons with disability, women and youth in process.
- Supporting Older People Self-Help Groups in Ayeyarwady, Mandalay, and Yangon regions in Myanmar (KOICA New Project): This KOICA new project is funded by KOICA and HelpAge International starting in January 2015 until December 2017. The ten new villages in Ayeyarwady and Mandalay, and 5 wards in Yangon are intended to increase social protection and inclusion of older people. Achieving the project goal, the OPSHGs are designed to be sustainable and to have a strong informal social protection mechanism. These OPSHGs, aim to strengthen older people’s participation and have their voice heard in township and national level.
- Safer Coastal and Urban Communities through Disaster Risk Reduction in Myanmar Project: Since 2012, HelpAge International, in partnership with five humanitarian agencies, has been implementing a community-based disaster risk reduction programme in hazard-prone coastal and urban areas. It helps communities better prepare for cyclones and minimise the impact on their lives and livelihoods. This project increases resilience and reduces the vulnerability of local communities by establishing mechanisms to disseminate information and replicate disaster risk reduction activities. This project successfully tested an inclusive CBDRR model.
- Stronger Myanmar Non-State Actors (NSA) to Promote Poverty Reduction in Old Age Project: The overall objective of this project is to build the capacity of Non-State Actors and Local Authorities to strengthen their role in poverty reduction and sustainable development. It empowers national NSAs to nurture older people’s self-help groups (OPSHGs) in rural Myanmar, using a documented model of poverty reduction among older people and their families in 20 communities of Kayin and Mon States.
- Inclusive support for older people and their communities affected by the Kachin Conflict: In June 2015, HelpAge is starting to form inclusive village development committees in 5 villages of Momauk Township, in KIA controlled areas of Kachin State. With a support of 50,000 USD from HelpAge International, the project will support livelihood, IGVs and health referrals for these remote communities affected by the conflict. The project will also support other organisations working with IDPs to better take into account specific needs and capacities of older people living in the camps.
- Aid to Uprooted People (AUP) Project: This project aims to create an enabling post-conflict environment for populations in three townships of Kayin State, and facilitates the safe return of internally displaced people and refugees. The project supports the community impacted by civil war to organise sustainable community-based organisations in 80 war-torn villages. These orgnaisations promote inclusive development and ensure an environment conducive to the return of displaced and vulnerable families.
- Strengthening public health capacity to respond to Myanmar’s disease transition (NCD Health) Project: The project objective is to strengthen the University of Public Health (UPH) and wider health stakeholders to support evidence-based policy and improved health services, particularly in preparation for the transition towards non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Myanmar. In partnership with UPH, University of Medicine 2, and Thammasat University (Thailand), the project will advocate for NCD policy and action at the national level, as well as improve NCD knowledge among public health implementers in all townships in the country.
- Community-based Services For Older Persons in Myanmar: The community based care services project is another level of care that HelpAge International has implemented to provide for older people in need of further aid by the support of ROK-ASEAN Cooperation Fund. Community-based services provide the comprehensive and appropriate services including home care, living support and health-related services for the daily tasks of older persons according to their needs through utilizing community resources (Older People Self Help Group, OPSHG). The 16 locations selected for the pilot of this project, 2 wards in the Yangon region and 14 villages in the Ayeyarwady region, were chosen largely due to the pre-existing strength of their OPSHG and their previous successes with providing care for older people within their village.
- Strengthening the Ministry of Social Welfare to Fulfil Its Role in Expanding Social Protection: Since April 2014 HelpAge International has been implementing a 3 year project in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement, and with support from Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). The project was designed around two distinct objectives: To build the capacity of MSWRR to define its mandate on social protection and to make informed decisions in choosing and designing specific social protection instruments, and to support the Ministry in delivering national policies on ageing and building related capacity.
Contact HelpAge Myanmar:
HelpAge International, Myanmar country office
No 25/A-1, New University Avenue Road, Saya San Ward,
Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +951 555351
Fax: +951 555351 Ext: 202
phyu Sin Thant Lu (Communication Officer)