UN-Habitat Rapid Assessment of Informal Settlements in Yangon

Approximately 400,000 residents of informal settlements in Yangon find themselves at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19. While it is urgent that Myanmar takes action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in informal settlements, these efforts are likely to be stymied by a lack of data on the unfolding situation on the ground. This rapid impact assessment study aims to fill this gap and presents a view of the extant conditions in informal settlements in Yangon. UN-Habitat conducted phone interviews with 100 respondents living in informal settlements in Dala, Shwepyitha, and Hlaingthayar townships in Yangon. Our study examines 6 key indicators:

  • Livelihood security and household income
  • Household debt
  • Food security
  • Security of tenure
  • Access to healthcare
  • Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) related to COVID-19