One of the new sites we visit since May 2018 is Chan Phan village, an high densely populated village near the rubber plantation. During a visit of the Mobile Clinic, we discovered the case of Ming Pyae, an11 years old boy suffering from a cranial malformation: the back of the cap did not close properly, causing a subcutaneous overhang of the brain that causes him a lot of pain. During our visit, his mither told us that when Ming Pyae was very young, she took him to the Kawthaung Hospital where, however, there is no neurosurgery department and therefore she had been advised to reach Yangon and bring her child to the pediatric city hospital. The journey, however, is very expensive, not counting the hospitalization costs and medicines, which Ming Pyae's family can not afford. His father works as daily labour in the plantations, as a bricklayer or fisherman as the village overlooks the Andaman Sea, but it is not always easy to find work. His mother has a physical disability while his older brother left school at age 10 to help the family earn their $ 150 dollars/month income, barely enough to survive.
Even today in the rural villages of Myanmar, half of the children do not reach the age of 5 because the bite of a mosquito, a domestic accident or a simple virus can be fatal without having prompt access to health care.
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