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Now is the time to bring hope…

Posted on 23rd February 2022 by Miles Jarvis

It has been a very difficult few months for our Health & Hope team since our last update in June 2021.

Sadly, Health & Hope Myanmar remains closed in-country, and the situation in Chin State and across Myanmar is deteriorating. The numbers of people forced to leave their homes due to the conflict is increasing and the needs are immediate and urgent. The on-going nature of this crisis is fracturing all rhythms of life, including agriculture, education and health care. Spiralling costs of food, fuel and other necessities mean that more and more people slip into extreme poverty. All this with the background of the Covid-19 pandemic still present across the country.

Despite these huge challenges, hope remains through practical action and care. We continue to deliver support to those in greatest need through our network of partners in the region. Our focus remains on providing humanitarian relief in the form of food and emergency shelter, and endeavouring to build early recovery from this crisis through livelihood and education support.

In the last 6 months, through the generous contributions of our supporters, we have been able to support thousands of people who have left their homes, often with no possessions of any kind. The summary below gives a snapshot of what has been achieved:

  • 9,141 food grants have been distributed, which provide for basic nutritional requirements.

  • 1,192 people have been provided with emergency shelter, water and sanitation to ensure provision for the most essential needs.

  • 2,318 people have been provided with basic household items, such as pots, plates, cutlery and blankets.

  • 2,715 people have received health and hygiene kits, including soap, toothpaste, facemasks and sanitary items.

  • 42 livelihood grants to enable households to raise an income were distributed, including chicken and pig rearing, and ginger and chilli farming.

The situation remains very sensitive, and we are not able to communicate all that is going on. We are hoping to keep all our supporters updated through newsletters as we are able.

If you would like to receive these updates via email, please email us at with your contact details and a brief introduction to yourself and your interest in Health & Hope UK. Or you can sign up to our newsletters here.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.

If you would like to financially support our current relief work you can donate online HERE

Continuing our mission

Posted on 23rd June 2021 by Philippa Wilford

Following the military coup on 1st February 2021, Health & Hope UK’s operational partner, Health & Hope Myanmar has had to regrettably close down operations in-country.

Despite the current challenges, Health & Hope UK continues to deliver support to the people of Chin State through a network of partners in the region. The focus of our work remains on humanitarian aid, educational scholarships and medical support to remote communities. If you would like to financially support our current relief efforts, you can donate online here

Due to the sensitive nature of the situation, we are unable to communicate all the hard work which is happening behind the scenes. However, we will update our supporters as and when we are able. If you would like to receive these updates via email, please email us on with your contact details and a brief introduction to yourself and your interest in Health & Hope UK. 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. 

Resignation of Dr Sasa

Posted on 24th February 2021 by Philippa Wilford

Statement on the resignation of Dr Sasa

Health & Hope is a partnership between Health & Hope Myanmar (HHM) and Health & Hope UK (HHUK).

Health & Hope Myanmar was founded by Dr Sasa in 2008.  Dr Sasa has led the work in Myanmar since its inception, working tirelessly for those who are marginalised. Under his leadership, Health & Hope has pioneered work in rural healthcare, education and food security, in addition to leading relief work across southern Chin State in times of natural disasters.  

On 22 February 2021, the Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) announced the appointment of Dr Sasa as their Special Envoy to the United Nations to represent the people of Myanmar. Recognising the importance of supporting the people of his country by representing their views at the highest levels of the international community, Dr Sasa has accepted this role. Accordingly, and with great regret, Dr Sasa has resigned as CEO, and now has no executive role at Health & Hope.

All of us at Health & Hope congratulate Dr Sasa on his new role and wish him every success as he begins his work for the interests of the people of Myanmar internationally.

HHM will be led by Dr Sakie as the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer. In his previous role as deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dr Sakie has led the day-to-day operations in Myanmar since early 2019. The Board of HHUK congratulates Dr Sakie on his new role and looks forward to working with him and his team on Health & Hope’s humanitarian programmes in community healthcare, education and food security for the people of Chin State and beyond.

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