In 2019, Burma Humanitarian Mission supported Backpack Medics operating in isolated regions of Burma where the Burma Army continues to wage an aggressive campaign against the country’s ethnic minorities.
For over 7 decades, Burma’s ethnic minorities have endured oppression. As part of a community-based response, the ethnic minority groups formed backpack medic teams to care for their own.
In 2019, BHM’s backpack medic teams:
- Supported a population of 78,183 people
- Treated 23,722 patients
- Delivered 1,116 babies
- Trained 22 new medics
- Provided 1,858,282 doses of medicine and supplements
- Provided 10,151 de-worming treatments to children
- Provided 10,863 vitamin A treatments to children
- Achieved an Infant Mortality Rate of 2.7 deaths per 1,000 births – down from 135 deaths per 1,000 births from the baseline year of 2002-2003.
- Achieved a Maternal Mortality Rate of 1.6 deaths per 1,000 births – down from 7.2 deaths per 1,000 births from the baseline year of 2002-2003.
Backpack Medics focus on three core programs:
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