Myanmar is the poorest country in Southeast Asia. A "closed" country for nearly 50 years, Myanmar is ranked 149 of 187 for Human Development. Many of its independent years have been marred by one of the world's longest-running civil wars.
With a long-neglected health system, there are many gaps in basic care.
Infants & Mothers
Without proper healthcare, Myanmar is a dangerous place for mothers and their children. Maternal rates are very high (250 per 100,000 births), as are under-5 mortality rates (66 per 1000 births).
Sadly, over 30% of children under 5 are underweight, and there's also a high incidence of many preventable diseases: TB, diarrhea and malaria.
Did you know? Myanmar has one of the widest income gaps in the world.
In 2012, there were 9,339 traffic accidents in Myanmar, resulting in 15,720 injuries and over 2,500 deaths. These numbers represent an almost 100 percent increase in fatalities since 2005.
A new, 4-lane highway to Nay Pyi Taw opened in 2009. While this may seem like a development, the lack of adequate ambulatory services has deadly implications. The highway has caused a sharp increase in high speed accidents, resulting in many more deaths.