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Myanmar

1995 was the first year of NLR‘s involvement in Myanmar when NLR signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health and the American Leprosy Missions (ALM), which maintains an office in Yangon through which the NLR support is channeled. Under this agreement, the prevention of disabilities program was rolled out and reached national coverage by 2015. Different training approaches were used for high and for low endemic areas and townships. NLR is since 2012 involved in a growing number of rehabilitation and disability services projects in Myanmar. This is jointly done with the Liliane Foundation and The Leprosy Mission of Myanmar. Both are organizations with which NLR works closely together in Myanmar.

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Mekong region


NLR is active in all 6 countries of the Mekong region: Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. These 6 countries share the Mekong River but are very diverse in ethnicity, cultures, languages and stages of economic development. The health condition of their populations reflect the respective stages of their economic development, with Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos still ranking among the world’s least developed countries. Leprosy is prevalent in all of the countries, with Myanmar harboring the most patients.

Leprosy disease control activities in the last 2 decades have been successful in the Mekong region and the number of new disease cases has declined spectacular in particular in Vietnam and Thailand. An exception is Myanmar, which is still classified as a leprosy endemic country.

In contrast, the proportion of people who are permanently affected by the disease and in need of rehabilitation and disability services is high in the whole Mekong region and to develop the quality of their lives remains a significant problem. Within the Mekong region, Vietnam has the highest rate of people living with disability including persons affected by leprosy. NLR has recently broadened its support focus in the Mekong countries to also include general disability regardless of the cause. NLR’s work has brought tremendous change in the lives of thousands of people in this region.

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Projects

Name

Project description

Disability related disaster relief

Flood Relief via The Leprosy Mission Foundation Myanmar (TLMM) and the Eden Center in Myanmar for vulnerable households, including families with disabled family members, in townships in Sagaing and Magwe which were severely hit by floods in August 2015.



Office information

Regional Director:

Jan Robijn

Number of employees:

6

Contact information:

Room 307 & 308, E1 Block,
Trung Tu Diplomatic Compound No. 6,
Dang Van Ngu Street,
Trung Tu Ward,
Dong Da District
Hanoi
Vietnam
Phone: 0084 24 3225 2851
E-​mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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