Feb 1, 2021

Myanmar situation at the moment

A view of the city of Kawthaung
A view of the city of Kawthaung

Dear friends,

today we woke up with unexpected news from newspapers and, more importantly, from our colleagues in Myanmar: the political situation of the country is extremely fragile at the moment and it has been declared the state of emergency. Internet and telephone communication has been interrupted for some hours. When the connection was available again, we immediately reach out to the local staff for news and it seems that all the country is living in a suspended time waiting for the next move to come.

To avoid security problems for both the MedAcross'staff and remote area patients, we decided to postpone the Mobile Clinic trips for some days, while the Kawthaung Clinic will remain open to all patients.

Our concern for the Mobile Clinic is that the groups of patience awaiting the medical visit in the villages could be misunderstood as political protesters. Our goal is to help people who do not have access to medical care and we intend to pursue our goal of friendship without political implications.

I will keep you informed in the next days

Warm regards, 

Vittoria from MedAcross

Feb 1, 2021

What are we doing for AIDS patients in Kawthaung

For the last two months, we work in close contact with our partner the Sisters of RNDM, to make sure that all people who are in need of help is supported. We provided medical support with clinical tests, medical visit and pharmacies and for the families most in need, we help them with nutritional support. We provide basic support consisting of 30 kg of rice, 2 litres of oil, eggs and 25 litres of clean water that is particularly expensive in these dry months. 

Moreover, we help the families with medical counselling sessions to avoid any spread of the virus among the other family members and most importantly, we follow closely their procedure for HIV therapy and when is needed we manage to collect the medications for the patients and giving them respecting their privacy. 

At the moment we enlarge our support to all the patients that were on waiting lists and who suffer economical complication due to covid-19 crisis. We think that the picture of our grateful patients will speak for us telling how much you helped. 

 

P.s. Dear friends,

today we woke up with unexpected news from newspapers and, more importantly, from our colleagues in Myanmar: the political situation of the country is extremely fragile at the moment and it has been declared the state of emergency. Internet and telephone communication has been interrupted for some hours. When the connection was available again, we immediately reach out to the local staff for news and it seems that all the country is living in a suspended time waiting for the next move to come.

Our goal is to help people who do not have access to medical care and we intend to pursue our goal of friendship without political implications.

I will keep you informed in the next days

Jan 5, 2021

A scary day - asthma crisis on Mobile Clinic

The rush to the hospital with the Mobile Clinic
The rush to the hospital with the Mobile Clinic

Since August 2020 MedAcross' Mobile Clinic is visiting 7 villages placed in remote areas of Kawthaung district, at the extreme south of Myanmar. Every month, the Mobile Clinic made approximately 800 miles through dirt roads, wood bridge and forest track to reach our patients giving free healthcare and medications they need.

The distance between remote villages and proper roads is one of the most challenging problems that prevent people living in remote areas to have proper healthcare (together with the cost of medications). The Mobile Clinic is closing this gap, offering free healthcare, medication and health prevention to more than 300 patients every month. People like Mr Kyaw, who has severe asthma since he was a child.

We found Mr Kyaw at Aung Myanmar village, with severe breathlessness, shaking and can't able to speak. One of MedAcross' doctors, dr Hsu Nandar, immediately take care of him, checking his condition and, since the asthma crisis was extremely severe, deciding to drive back to Kawthaung hospital. During the rush to the hospital, the patient has been treated with emergency asthma drugs and for this reason, it arrived in quite good conditions at the hospital after 2 hours of car travel. 

Mobile Clinic is not an ambulance service, MedAcross focus its work on detect illnesses and treat them before they can develop in emergency problems, but we keep emergency medications for situations like this one. In places where villagers often do not have cars and are miles far from the hospital, Mobile Clinic is the only healthcare defense. 

Thank you for being part of this journey.

 
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