background & overview

The Coronavirus Disease, commonly known as COVID-19, was first detected in Wuhan Province, China. An infectious pneumonia like disease, China reported its first cases to the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the 31 December 2019. By 30 January 2020, it was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern as it began to spread to new countries, the first being Thailand, through international travel. 

As the number of positive cases increased, WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. While cases have slowed down in China, other countries are considered new epicentres for the virus including the United States of America and Europe.

The COVID-19 virus is spread primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Majority of people infected with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and will recover without requiring special treatment. The elderly or those with underlying health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease or cancer, are more likely to develop serious illness.

Vaccines continue to be developed and distributed around the world with restrictions easing as time goes on.

Did you Know?

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes, and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by implementing these few steps:

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol based hand rub or sanitiser

Maintain at least a 1 metre distance between you and anyone coughing or sneezing

Avoid touching your face, especially including your eyes, nose and mouth

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue to dispose or your elbow

Stay at home if you are feeling unwell and contact the health authorities if you present symptoms

Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people

Wear a face mask correctly that covers your nose and mouth whenever you leave home


Our Reach


Government and ACS Schools


Households of 27,957 Beneficiaries


Target Villages in Chin and Kayin States

Our response

ADRA Myanmar responded to the COVID-19 pandemic through the sectors of WASH, Health and Livelihoods. Our activities primarily revolved around distributions of hygiene materials, food items, and awareness raising through posters and trainings.

Distributions were completed in 3 projects thanks to a reallocation of funds including SURE, PRICE and SEAQE2

Here are the ways we provided support and relief to vulnerable communities in the Chin and Kayin States: 


A4 flyers on cough etiquette and COVID-19 prevention


Awareness posters on prevention and hand washing


500ml liquid hand soaps distributed to schools


60g bars of soap distributed to schools and villages


Viss of beans distributed to vulnerable households


Bags of Rice distributed to vulnerable households


Bottles of oil distributed to vulnerable households


Protective Masks distributed by Government Health Workers


Alcohol based Hand Gels distributed


Gloves distributed by Government Health Workers


Thermal thermometers distributed 


Hand wash basins installed in public spaces