Healthcare for 2000 Rural Villagers in Myanmar

by MedAcross
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Healthcare for 2000 Rural Villagers in Myanmar
Healthcare for 2000 Rural Villagers in Myanmar
Healthcare for 2000 Rural Villagers in Myanmar
Healthcare for 2000 Rural Villagers in Myanmar
Healthcare for 2000 Rural Villagers in Myanmar
Healthcare for 2000 Rural Villagers in Myanmar
Healthcare for 2000 Rural Villagers in Myanmar
Healthcare for 2000 Rural Villagers in Myanmar
Healthcare for 2000 Rural Villagers in Myanmar
Dr. Khant visit Mrs.D struggling with hypertension
Dr. Khant visit Mrs.D struggling with hypertension

Today we want to share with you the story of Mrs. D. who suffers from many years of hypertension that prevents her to be able to work and to pay for her medical care. She lives 10 km far from Kawthaung and helps the community cooking for kids when parents are away from work.

Like many chronic diseases, hypertension is a very insidious illness to live with because is impossible to solve completely. Instead, people suffering from hypertension need to treat is for all the life, keeping sure that it doesn't get worst because is a direct cause of stroke and ictus. In Myanmar, 30% of the population suffers from hypertension and are mostly elderly people who are not able to work anymore and therefore cannot afford medical care (which lays directly on patient finance availability). 

Mrs. D health gets worst during these months, she could not come to the Clinic for the general city's instability. Dr. Khant visits her a few days ago giving proper treatment and a full month of drug coverage for hypertension, making sure she will not run out the next time. In these uncertain times, we keep our focus on the most fragile people living in Myanmar, their stories and the resistance that they prove every day inspire us. 

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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

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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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I don't know if you are now still enjoying some vacations at seaside or super busy in the office fighting against mosquitoes and working deadlines.
Now you can take a moment to distract yourself from your routine to travel through Myanmar islands with Medacross.

But here, as you well know MedAcross is not a travel agency and even if I will tell you about the islands, it will be necessary to make an effort not to let the imagination run wild with a cocktail on the beach.
The islands that we reach with the Boat Clinic are not only natural paradises often threatened by aggressive fishing by large international companies, they are also the home of many people living in some of the most untouched and remote places on earth.

During the last Boat Clinic at Aung Myanmar village we visited over 70 patients who live many kilometers away from the first hospital. Among the waiting patients, a little girl also arrived accompanied by her grandmother and our doctors immediately understood that something was wrong with her.
The grandmother learned of our arrival from a neighbor and arrived so worried at the place where we set up the visiting area because for some time the child, when she is agitated, has been spending long moments without breathing.

Her name is Poe Poe and she has 2 years old. The doctors examined the child with attention, noting that she showed signs of stunting and denutrition. The baby was born seven-months from a natural birth in the village, without any control during pregnancy and with only the help of a midwife, the norm for many women in Myanmar.
This situation causes 2,700 deaths during childbirth every year and causes serious problems for the growth of children born in isolated villages.
Helping this little girl is not easy because for an accurate diagnosis she will need to travel 4 hours, crossing the sea during rainy season, but we will make every effort to take this child to the hospital for more thorough checks.

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Quarantine centers in rural villages
Quarantine centers in rural villages

In Myanmar, the Coronavirus' alert has started during the first days of April 2020.

By that time the government has proclaimed a national lockdown since the Covid-19 positive cases have started to rise. We believe that if the pandemic were to spread in the Kawthaung region, the few health resources available would be exhausted within a few days.

Kawthaung hospital is the centre of reference for all Coronavirus cases in the district, despite being without intensive care, without ventilators and with only 4 beds for the most serious patients. For these reasons, it is essential to concentrate all efforts on prevention to avoid an announced disaster. MedAcross has decided to act in a capillary way, in collaboration with the health authorities of the region to bring timely aid where it is needed most. Here is what we are doing:
  • Distribution of information material about Covid-19 in rural villages and plantations: MedAcross has decided to prepare vinyl posters and records that explain in a practical way the hygiene rules to the populations living in the most isolated areas.
  • Support for quarantine centres: in the Kawthaung district 11 quarantine centres have been set up for Covid-19 suspected people, these simple places are managed by volunteers without medical preparation or masks (in the photo you can see the centre of Aung bar). We decide to take care of these places distributing surgical masks and sanitizing gel for the volunteers and patients of the centres.
  • Organization of mobile clinics under Covid-19: before the pandemic, the days of Clinica Mobile were long-awaited by the villagers who created long lines to be treated. Our staff is working with local authorities to organize safety visits to villages, respecting the correct distances to prevent the virus.
  • Distribution of non-woven fabric masks to the most fragile in Kawthaung district: many people are dealing with the lockdown in narrow places like 16 square metres for a family of 5 people. MedAcross want to protect the most fragile families that cannot afford to buy face masks.

In places where hospitals do not have intensive care, the only chance we can have against Coronavirus is the prevention.  If the pandemic were to spread uncontrollably, many people would die without any hospital care. This is why we are giving extreme care to the health of our patients, offering quality medical helth in a safe places.

MedAcross patient visit during covid-19
MedAcross patient visit during covid-19
MedAcross covid-19 awareness activity
MedAcross covid-19 awareness activity
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