Support Backpack Healthworker Teams in Burma

by Burma Humanitarian Mission
Support Backpack Healthworker Teams in Burma

Project Report | Oct 26, 2020
Fall 2020 Update

By Jennifer Zurick | Executive Director

In 2020, Burma Humanitarian Mission supports Backpack Medics operating in isolated regions of Burma where the Burma Army continues to wage an aggressive campaign against the country’s ethnic minorities.
  • Specific objectives includes
  • Support 30 teams & 2 fixed clinics
  • Support training 20 new medics
  • Support Medics with food 
  • Support 50+ Medic children to attend school in Mae Sot

Backpack Medics focus on these core areas:

  • Medical Core Program - providing responsive primary care to treat injuries, illnesses and disease.
  • Mother-Child Health Program - providing ante-, delivery and post-partum care.
  • Community Health Education and Prevention Program (CHEE) - provide community education and materials to reduce likelihood of disease and promote healthy environments.

Stories of the Medics:

"I’m Lway Poe Khaung.  I’m the Field-in-Charge medic for a Pa’laung backpack medic team in Northern Burma.  My team operates in northern Shan State, near the Kachin State border.  There is fighting in this area between my people, the Pa’laung and Burmese army.  The fighting has been going on since 2011.

"In 2020, COVID is a big concern.  I came to Mae Sot to get training and supplies.  We use our CHEEP to teach villagers about COVID. We teach them how to not get it or not spread it.  Here in Mung Ding Pa village, we put up posters to help the villagers.  Despite COVID we still treat all the same conditions."

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Organization Information

Burma Humanitarian Mission

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Project Leader:
Jennifer Zurick
Salt Lake City , UT United States
$9,289 raised of $13,000 goal
85 donations
$3,711 to go
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