In Karen State south-western Myanmar, women and children live in communities that have suffered for many years from extreme poverty, lack of basic health services and education. The maternal and infant mortality rate in Myanmar is one of the highest in the world.
Despite a ceasefire agreement, villagers continue to be targeted by the military and are forced from their homes. Some reach internal displacement camps like Ee Htu Hta while others live a precarious existence in nearby villages. Community workers encounter obstacles as they move around between the villages and often reaching medical assistance can take days.
To provide much needed support to new mothers this project provides baby kits to five villages within Karen state Myanmar, including Ee Htu Hta IDP camp.