Getting a prosthetic limb vastly improves the live and well-being of people with disabilities
Decades of armed conflict have created a legacy of contamination from landmines, improvised explosive devices, and other ERW in Myanmar.
Although accurate information concerning this landmine/ERW contamination is generally scarce, The Landmine Monitor, a primary source on landmine/ERW contamination in Myanmar, has identified 3,745 mine/ERW casualties (396 killed; 3,145 injured; 204 unknown) between 1999 and 2014.
In 2014 alone, 251 casualties were reported, making Myanmar the 3rd most affected country globally, in terms of landmine casualties. The number is likely higher because war wounded often do not access government health services because of a perceived personal security risk as cases of war injuries must be reported to the police. Making matters worse, several studies show that there is a significant positive correlation between being disabled and poor in Myanmar.
There is therefore a great need for bringing assistance to survivors of landmine/ERW accidents and PWDs. The generous grant from Germany enables DCA to do exactly that.
"This is a timely and important contribution to an area of great need in Myanmar. Victims of landmines and other Persons with Disabilities face innumerable challenges, not least the lack of accessible and consistent medical care, as well as livelihood opportunities“ says Mathew Walsh, DCA Programme Manager in Myanmar. „We will now be able to support local organizations in providing prosthesis and assistive devices to those in need, as well as support their livelihoods and food security.“
The project is being implemented in 2016-17.