Emergency support to IRC integrating GBV services, Protection and Health for conflict-affected communities in Rakhine State, Myanmar


This project will allow IRC to provide protection, GBV and health services to respond to identified urgent needs of conflict-affected communities in Rathedaung in Rakhine State, Myanmar, through a 7 months integrated protection, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and health response. Both, Muslim and Rakhine communities will benefit from the outcomes of this project.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Myanmar
Gender
Health
Sexual & gender-based violence
Primary health care
01.06.2017 - 31.03.2018
CHF 500'000
Background

In Rakhine State, tensions between the Buddhist majority and a Muslim minority have simmered since widespread outbreaks of violence in 2012 and 2013. On October 9th 2016, violence returned, as a group of Muslims launched attacks on three Border Guard Police (BGP) posts in Northern Rakhine State. The incident triggered sweeping clearance operations that raided villages, arrested about 600 suspects and led to the death of about a hundred local Muslims. According to the UNHCR, the heavy-handed military response led to over 70’000 Muslims fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh, and an estimated 30’000 Internally displaced.

The situation has resulted in restricted movement for affected communities in general, an increase in protection incidents, heightened risk for GBV and limited access to health services.

Objectives Conflict-affected communities in Rathedaung in northern Rakhine State (nRS), Myanmar, are supported to recover from the impacts of conflict through an integrated protection, GVB and health response.
Target groups

16 sites in Rathedaung Township: 14 villages and 2 camps

17,237 vulnerable individuals from Muslim (73 %) and Rakhine communities (27 %) including men and boys who will benefit from GBV education sessions, women and girls who will benefit from GBV prevention and response services and people with primary and reproductive health care needs.

Medium-term outcomes
  1. Protection: Safety, security, dignity and self-capacity of people in affected areas of Rathedaung township improved through protection monitoring, targeted referrals and assistance
  2. GBV: Women and girls in affected areas of Rathedaung township feel safe in their communities and receive support when they experience harm
  3. Health: People in affected areas of Rathedaung township receive prompt and effective community-based healthcare and referral services
Results

Expected results:  

Output 1.1 / Protection

  • Protection monitoring systems and referral pathways for affected sites in Rathedaung township are strengthened

Output 2.1 / GBV

  • Women and girls feel safe in their communities and can access essential services and assistance when they experience harm

Output 2.2 / GBV

  • Women and girls have safe access to emergency GBV case management services

Output 3.1 / Health

  • Community-based treatment services services for sick children are available and accessible

Output 3.2 / Health

  • People in need of emergency healthcare can access a functional referral pathway


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner


Other partners
State Health Department, Rakhine Women’s Union
Coordination with other projects and actors Health cluster (WHO), GBV Sub Sector (UNFPA), DRC, Relief International, UNHCR,
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   500'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   500'000 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF  500'000