ICRC in Myanmar: Looking back at 2021
- Floods. Landslides. Extreme weather events. These are just some of the challenges that can make it harder to reach families we work with. Despite a landslide en route, we were still able to complete a cash distribution for families living in Sadaung camp in Kachin State.
- Upon release from prison, as part of our Safe Return Home Programme, the ICRC meets with detainees and provides them with financial assistance and information for their journey home. Since 2020, all processes were adapted to ensure minimal risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- In any emergency, basic first aid skills can often help save lives, especially for those living in rural areas far away from hospitals or health centres. Since 2016, we have been supporting civil societies, weapon bearers and authorities to strengthen first aid and prehospital emergency care.
- The Myanmar Red Cross Society and the ICRC teams helped families temporarily sheltering in churches and camps, providing better access to water and improving living conditions. We were also able to provide PPE equipment to Mindat District Hospital, helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to support those in need as best we can, without discrimination.