This project provides expert training, support and essential supplies to 40 mobile, community-based ‘backpack’ medics who hike through difficult terrain to deliver lifesaving emergency care to 65,000 people in remote, landmine-contaminated areas of eastern Myanmar (Burma). This region remains in the grip of a protracted health crisis after decades of civil war and chronic under-investment in health. For some communities, these backpack medics are the only source of trained health care. The next medic training, led by highly experienced ER physicians, is scheduled for early 2018 in Thailand or Myanmar.
$25 can provide medics with 150 disposable surgical tools for field operations
$100 can provide medics with bandages and gauzes for one year
$250 can support one medic to receive advanced trauma training
$1,000 can support the cost of a blood transfusion kit for patients with severe blood loss, malaria or hemorrhaging in childbirth
While recent ceasefires, democratic elections and a new government offer hope of long-term peace in eastern Myanmar, 450,000 villagers remain displaced in this region, one of the most landmine-contaminated in the world. Ensuring that basic emergency care is available to these remote populations is a significant challenge. Mobile medic teams operated by community-based organizations have demonstrated remarkable success in providing lifesaving health care in low-resource settings.
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