Everything we do is based on partnership and driven by local organizations — whether it’s tackling emerging malaria drug resistance, providing safe births for mothers in conflict-affected communities or training the next generation of public health leaders.

Our extensive network of local partners — including midwives, medics and village leaders — encompasses Myanmar's diverse ethnicities, religions and languages. Our partners are powerful advocates because they understand regional challenges and politics; they have earned the trust of their communities.

We’ve learned that when the community leads, projects work better, last longer, are more cost-effective and promote independence. So we listen to our partners and build upon their leadership skills; we develop their ability to assess needs and manage, monitor and evaluate projects. Using a train-the-trainer approach, our global network shares expertise in health, community development, finance and management — providing resources and technical support to 26 local organizations serving the people of Myanmar.

We are deeply inspired by our local partners’ courage, resiliency and collaborative spirit. They create and manage resourceful and far-reaching programs with integrity and compassion, working in rugged territory, serving the most vulnerable people.