UNICEF Myanmar Humanitarian Situation Report No. 6: January-December 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


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