Why St. Bryce Missions is heading to Myanmar? A Humanitarian Crisis!

Maternal and child mortality rates in Myanmar remain some of the highest in South East Asia. It has been estimated that out of the around 916,000 live births in the country, 18,800 are stillbirths, while 8,500 infants die on the first day 1. The Myanmar Census report for 2014 estimated an infant mortality rate of 62 deaths per 1,000 live births and an under-five child mortality rate of 72 deaths per 1,000 live births. In terms of maternal mortality, leading causes of death include postpartum hemorrhages, prolonged and obstructed labour, infections and unsafe abortions 2 - all complications which are preventable with access to quality healthcare.

In Kachin state, infant and under five mortality rates total at 53 and 61 per 1,000 live births respectively, according to the 2014 Census report. Additionally, a 2015 survey by Plan International confirmed a stunting rate (chronic malnutrition) of 37% and a 13.5% underweight rate.