This project is still on hold for the time being.
Unrest in Karen State, Myanmar, continues with over 7,000 villagers fleeing their homes and hiding near the Thailand Border in the last month. It is estimated that 3,000 people have escaped into Thailand but their status cannot be verified. Access to the displaced communities is difficult because of the threat of airstrikes and further aggravated by heavy rain.
Community workers face difficulty reaching the displaced and when they do, their priorities are to provide emergency supplies such as food, water, medical treatment.
Even before the latest displacement the conditions were difficult for new mothers as this quote from a beneficiary reminds us:
"In my home village there was no clinic, no health materials delivered from humanitarian organizations, and no way to get knowledge of health education. There was also no clinic to go to nearby or medications available to take for mother or baby. If something is wrong with our health or if we need to get treatment, we must go to another village that is two-days walk away."
This highlights the important role of the community workers who distribute the Baby kits and conduct the training workshops.
Another mother explains that they are inspired to share their learning with others “I am very happy that I joined the awareness raising session and I can share this information with other women so that it will help other babies. There are still stereotypes in our community, which will need constant health awareness raising to reduce this kind of wrong thinking.“
We will resume the Baby kit and Health training once the situation eases.
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