Support Backpack Healthworker Teams in Burma

by Burma Humanitarian Mission
Support Backpack Healthworker Teams in Burma

Project Report | Feb 2, 2023
Backpack Medics Spring Report

By Jennifer Zurick | Executive Director

In 2022, 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.

  • Specific objectives included
  • Support 45 teams 
  • Support training 20 new medics 
  • Support Medics with food 
  • Support 50+ Medic children to attend school in Mae Sot 
  • Provide Nutritional Support for Pregnant Women

Throughout 2022, the brutal impact of the Burma army’s repression and attacks on the ethnic minorities and civil disobedience movement continued unabated. 560,000 more villagers have been displaced since Feb 2021.

  • In June, Burma jet airstrikes in one village killed 10 villagers and wounded 15 more.
  • In July, in eastern Burma, monsoon rains swept over internally displaced person camps, creating endless mud, fouling clean water and disrupting access to food.
  • Thai officials will not allow new refugees into Thailand.
  • Thousands of villagers live in the most rudimentary conditions.
  • Many of the ethnic minorities no longer view the Federal government as legitimate.  They refer to them as the “State Administrative Council” or “SAC” and the Army as “SAC Troops”.  The “SAC” reference is part of how the minorities seek to delegitimize the current regime.


COVID 19 remains a threat to the Ethnic populations.  To combat it, BPHWT:

  • Provided telecommunication trainings for COVID-19 surveillance and oxygen therapy to field medics
  • Developed COVID-19 Surveillance tools
  • Distributed COVID-19 Prevention Supplies
  • Distributed COVID-19 Medical Equipment
  • Distributed COVID-19 Health Education Materials
  • Distributed COVID-19 Guideline
  • Conducted COVID-19 Health Education Awareness.
  • Set Up wash and sanitation activities in the fever clinic.
  • Provided COVID-19 ART testing and treatment
  • Provided Nutrition for COVID-19 Positive patient within the quarantine period
  • 71 medics received specialized, COVID-related training.
  • Medics treated over 10,000 confirmed or presumptive COVID patients during the past 6 months; fortunately, most cases were minor or moderate in nature.
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Organization Information

Burma Humanitarian Mission

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Project Leader:
Jennifer Zurick
Salt Lake City , UT United States
$9,271 raised of $13,000 goal
85 donations
$3,729 to go
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