UNICEF support to build capacity in Myanmar for national coordination and implementation of Mine Risk Education strategies

A new grant from UNICEF of USD 175.903 will enable DCA to conduct capacity building of national authorities for the effective coordination and delivery of Mine Risk Education (MRE) interventions in Myanmar.

This UNICEF grant will equip the Myanmar Department of Social Welfare at Union and State/Region levels, MRE Working Groups and other MRE service providers with the technical skills and managerial competencies for the effective coordination and delivery of Mine Risk Education interventions in Myanmar. This will allow for an effective delivery of MRE services to communities at risk of accidents from landmines/explosive remnants of war in 7 states and 2 regions of Myanmar.

Decades of conflict continues to have a direct and damaging impact on large numbers of children. A MRE Knowledge Attitude Praxis (KAP) survey done by UNICEF, DCA and DSW released in 2014 underline the massive mine problems in Myanmar. The KAP Survey reports that over 65% of households reported someone in their village/ ward has had an accident with an explosive device in South-East Myanmar. In Kachin and N. Shan 14% of respondents interviewed reported a Victim activated explosion in their family within the last 12 months. According the Landmine Monitor, the estimated amount of mine victims in Myanmar is 40.000, and despite a decrease in yearly mine accidents the last two years, Myanmar is still among the world top-10 countries with new mine accidents.

The UNICEF grant project will target 200,000 people living in communities at risk of accidents from landmine and explosive remnants of war (LM/ERW). More specifically, 100.000 IDPs in Kachin and N.Shan and 100.000 people in South-East Myanmar (Bago East, Kayah, Kayin, Mon and Tanintharyi).

Implemented of the project will take place from 01 January to 30 June 2015.

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