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Jun 14, 2019

Volunteer doctors trip to Lailenpi

Emma, volunteer doctor, treating a burn wound
Emma, volunteer doctor, treating a burn wound

Last time we updated you on this project we were planning to launch our next training for Traditional Birth Attendants. Unfortunately, due to an escalation of fighting between the Myanmar Army and the Arakanese Army in the border regions, we had to postpone our plans until after the monsoon.

We were however, able to provide training to Area Coordinators and Community Health Workers, which focused on the management of childhood illness. This included training in emergency first aid, suturing and the management of burns. 

Emma was one of the volunteer doctors from the UK, who ran the practical training, while also seeing patients at Hope Clinic in Lailenpi.

“I was struck by how grateful all the patients were, despite me seemingly doing very little. One elderly lady shook my hand so hard I thought it would fall off!  She said she would remember my visit all her life. All I had done was look in her ears! I found it difficult to understand the depth of gratitude that the people showed, until someone explained that it was our presence that gave them hope.  Hope that their little town was not forgotten by the rest of the world and that we cared enough to come all the way from the UK to see them, besides any medical skills we could offer. The people were so generous in their appreciation, and we left the clinic with vegetables, pineapples, bananas and a multitude of eggs!”

You can read more about Emma’s trip in her blog post on our website.

The team had a tremendous time delivering the course based on the World Health Organisation's Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses.  Over the next few weeks, this course will be followed up by providing training for Health and Hope staff on care of the unwell newborn.  

Three young women who will participate in this training, have been supported by Health and Hope through six years of study and will this month graduate from university after completing their nursing degrees. After the training, they will support the delivery of the maternal and neonatal programme, in addition to working in Hope Clinic and responding to emergencies through a newly established mobile medical service.

We are so grateful for your ongoing support which has enabled the development of this programme of work. Your partnership is making a difference to the lives of hundreds of mothers and their children in the remote regions of western Myanmar. 

Area Coordinators training workshop
Area Coordinators training workshop
Practical training workshop
Practical training workshop
Graduate nurses working with Health and Hope
Graduate nurses working with Health and Hope
Jun 13, 2019

Giving students a second chance

Last year we ran the Education for All pilot project. Four Health and Hope staff members, who had recently graduated from our Freedom to Education scholarship programme, partnered with local schools to fill gaps where there were teacher shortages.  They delivered the English, Maths, Biology and Physics curriculum to over 200 students.

We're delighted that there was a significant improvement in the exam results this year, with the grade 10 pass rate changing from just 2% two years ago, to 24% in 2019!  While this is still low compared to western standards, it is a great leap forward for the local youth and families of rural Chin State.

The historically dismal pass rate in the rural areas has contributed to weaknesses in local drivers for change, as only students who matriculate from Year 10 are able to secure formal employment or go onto further education.  It has also left a deluge of despondent youth in rural communities who have repeatedly attempted the grade 10 exams and failed. 

Building on the success of the exam results and new teaching methods, Health and Hope Myanmar are launching a tailored Education for All project this year for students who have previously failed their year 10 exams.  Focusing on these 'repeater students', the project will provide full-time schooling and individual study support for up to 100 youth, with the aim of radically changing their life opportunities over the next 12 months.  

The education team are currently interviewing potential students who will commence their studies in the next few weeks, with the project launching in the newly built Health and Hope Training Centre.  It will run from June 2019 to March 2020. 

We're really grateful to those that have supported the launch of this project. We look forward to updating you again in a few months' time once the new students have settled in!

 

Jun 13, 2019

Training centre update: The roof is on!

Health and Hope Training Centre, Lailenpi
Health and Hope Training Centre, Lailenpi

"On 30th May 2017, Cyclone Mora made landfall in Bangladesh before moving northwards through western Myanmar. Torrential rain and high winds destroyed homes and triggered landslides in rural villages with 37 families made homeless in the village of Lailenpi where Health and Hope Myanmar’s work is based.

In addition, we were devastated to lose the majority of the training centre facilities; seven buildings were destroyed including the main training hall, kitchen and dining area and four dormitory buildings."  Excerpt from the Health and Hope Newsletter June 2017.

Two years on, it's incredible to look back and see how much progress has been made on the building of the training centre post Cyclone Mora.

We are so grateful for each individual who has given so generously to help rebuild the training centre in Lailenpi. Work on the training centre has made great progress and the roof is finally on! With the monsoon season fast approaching, the team have been working hard to finish the building and ensure it is water tight before the heavy rains arrive. Over recent months, the roof trusses and structure have been completed, the walls white-washed inside and the windows and door frames installed.

More photos of the project can be seen in our Flickr album here

Once complete, the building will not only provide facilities for ongoing training of Community Health Workers, Traditional Birth Attendants and farmers, but will also be a base for the new Education for All project which will launch in earnest in mid-June 2019. The training centre will provide classroom facilities, study areas and accommodation for up to 100 students taking part in this project.

There are a few weeks of work to fully complete the project, some of which may not be possible until after the monsoon season.  We've also extended the roof to allow for the construction of staff accommodation on the top floor at minimal cost and we're now looking to raise the final $15,000 to complete the facility.

The building stands as a testimony of the hard work of local community members, combined with the generous support of individuals like yourself, who have stood alongside us in a time of need.

Thank you again for your support for this project!

The roof in construction
The roof in construction
Completed roof
Completed roof
Training room / classroom
Training room / classroom
 
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