Head Office: Yangon
Where ARC Works: Southeastern Myanmar - Kayin State, Mon State, the Bago East Region and the Tanintharyi Region.
People We Serve: 160,000 Mon and Karen internally displaced persons and migrant populations
Protracted conflict and historical migration patterns have isolated the Mon and Karen people along the Thai-Burmese border from formal health care services for decades. Recently, the development of artemisinin-resistant malaria in southeastern Myanmar has emerged as a serious health concern both locally and regionally.
With experience serving Burmese refugees in the camps along the Thai side of the border for more than 14 years, ARC is uniquely positioned to respond to this health threat as the government in Myanmar slowly opens up to the outside world after five decades of military-led isolation. Implementing the World Health Organization’s Bridge for Peace Model with funding from Global Fund and UNOPS, and in conjunction with the Myanmar Ministry of Health, National Malaria Control Program, and local community-based organizations, ARC will focus its capacity building efforts on service delivery, health management information systems, supply chain management, leadership, and governance. With support from UNHCR, ARC also supports communities with generation of livelihood opportunities.
ARC has been active in Myanmar intermittently since 1992 when the organization collaborated closely with indigenous Karen communities to provide healthcare services in villages throughout Kayin State and the Tanintharyi Region.
During the months of July, August and September of 2014, 2,147 individuals received first-line antimalarial treatment according to national policy as a result of ARC’s anti-malarial activities in Myanmar.
205 village health volunteers have been trained in order to facilitate the diagnosis, referral and treatment of drug resistant malaria amongst remote, hard to reach, and migratory populations living throughout Southeastern Myanmar.
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