Current Program: Myanmar
Most analysts and experts agree that Myanmar faces one of the most severe landmine problems in the world today. Millions of people are reportedly living in 34 mine-contaminated townships and more than 10,000 survivors are in need of rehabilitative care. Yet little information is available about the actual extent of the problem and ultimately very little has been done thus far to address the needs for preventative and post-accident care. For the most part, Myanmar has been unable to address the problem of landmines and UXO in their country. As the country continues its historic transformation to a more open society, there is a growing recognition that it must begin to confront this horrendous reality.
Mine Action in MyanmarThe goal of The Humpty Dumpty Institute's program is to improve rural health in Myanmar through the development of medical and social facilities for landmine survivors and all disabled people. In late 2011, the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) entered into a partnership with the Sitagu Association, the largest Buddhist humanitarian organization in Myanmar, and under the leadership of the Venerable Sitagu Sayadaw, Myanmar’s leading Buddhist cleric. This partnership is now implementing an eighteen month mine action program funded by the U.S. Department of State Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement. The program offers assistance to survivors of landmine (or other) accidents and implements mine risk education activities in 30 communities. The Humpty Dumpty Institute's objective is to improve the first aid/first response in the thirty mine-contaminated communities, and reduce mine accidents and casualties by educating 3,000 community members and children about how to avoid landmines. Finally, to address the need for a sustainable and coordinated mine action approach, The Humpty Dumpty Institute is fielding a team of health and livelihoods specialists to conduct detailed field assessments the results of which will be compiled into one report with recommendations on future mine action programming in the most affected parts of the country.