The impact of COVID-19 in informal settlements in Yangon (Survey Report)

This report provides the most comprehensive picture of the lives of residents of Yangon’s informal settlements to date. The survey was conducted in seven townships in Yangon: Hlaing Thar Yar, Dagon Seikkan, Insein, Thanlyin, Dala, North Okklappa, and Shwe Pyi Thar, between November and December 2020. The survey team selected 240 households from each township, totaling 1,680 households in seven townships.

In April 2020, UN-Habitat had conducted a rapid assessment of households in informal settlements to understand the socio-economic impact of COVID-19. While the rapid assessment surveyed 100 households from three townships over a limited set of indicators, the present survey is aimed to provide a fuller picture of both the impact of COVID-19 and the conditions, particularly access to key infrastructure and services, that could exacerbate the spread of the virus in informal settlements.