Situation in Numbers
362,000 children in need of humanitarian assistance (HNO 2020)
986,000 people in need (HNO 2020)
274,000 internally displaced people (HNO 2020)
470,000 non-displaced stateless in Rakhine
UNICEF continued to lead the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Nutrition, Education and Child Protection clusters/sectors providing support for the overall strategic direction and strengthening of the humanitarian response.
Humanitarian access became more constrained with additional administrative layers and extra security clearance measures imposed as a result of the ongoing conflict in Rakhine, Southern Chin, Northern Shan States. COVID-19 travel restrictions further reduced access. Mechanisms and strategies to expand access had to be rethought due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Several UNICEF and implementing partner staff tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in the temporary suspension of all direct implementation of activities throughout the state. Only life-saving activities continued, with the support of camp-based staff.
The interest towards durable solutions for internally displaced persons (IDP) remained high throughout 2020. The government established a committee to support the return of IDPs; however, concerns remained about the process, security and safety of the IDPs, including landmines, land and property rights and lack of livelihoods