Posts Tagged ‘Medical’

Mohammed’s Story–A Burmese Refugee

Post a Comment » Written on November 26th, 2014     
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Week 3 MohammedFACT:
While families are living as refugees, there is limited access to health and medical care, including basic cleanliness like a place to wash their hands. Lack of food and disease are common. Many children do not have access to life-saving medicines. Simple illnesses like diarrhea can become life threatening in a refugee camp because of the lack of access to basic health care.


Mohammed is four years old and weighs ten pounds. He has no clothes except for his red plaid shirt. He and his mother live in a straw hut. A team member spotted how thin he was and brought him to the clinic. Continue Reading »

Healthcare in the midst of conflict

Post a Comment » Written on November 24th, 2014     
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Ta Mae Kee Clinic StaffDespite the ongoing process striving towards peace in the country of Burma, or Myanmar, the last two months have constituted of increased strife between government soldiers and the ethnic groups in Kachin, Shan, Mon, and Karen States.  In Karen alone, government officials have been defying boundaries set by peace negotiations, and have open fired on Karen Security guards numerous times.  A meeting was held by the Karen National Union recently in hopes of finding a way to keep this process of peace from breaking down.

Through all this, Covenant World Relief continues to partner with Partners Relief and Development to provide medical clinics within Burma.  In the latest update, the clinics reported that medically, all is going well- a breath of fresh air among the turmoil. Continue Reading »

Moving Toward Sustainability

Post a Comment » Written on July 16th, 2014     
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IMG_7119Education is key to making the transition from relief to community development and sustainability. This is a primary goal of CWR’s partner in the Karen province of Burma, Partners Relief and Development (Partners). Partners and CWR are operating two clinics in the province which bring aid to the marginalized Karen people. These clinics not only provide immediate relief for medical needs, but they are also the training center for the Karen people to learn how to take ownership of their community’s health needs.

Partners Relief and Development has partnered with other local organizations such as the Karen Department of Health and Welfare, Global Health Access Program and Shoklo Malaria Research Unit in order to assist these rural communities in creating and managing their own health system. There has also been significant progress made with the Myanmar Ministry of Health to certify these newly trained health workers. This will allow these individuals to manage and operate their own health system.

Educating local leaders is the first step to implementing a stable and sustainable health care system. The goal is for communities in the Karen province to run their own health services.  Transitions from relief to recovery to sustainability are long and complex. Education on how to implement and manage a health system cannot happen overnight. Through the work and support of Partners and Covenant World Relief, the Karen people are being equipped to take over all major operations of these clinics and provide sustainable health in their communities.

Hope in Haiti

Post a Comment » Written on July 2nd, 2014     
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The focus of Medical Team International (MTI) in Haiti is sustainability and training staff to provide healthcare that brings dignity to all people. It is more than just an outpatient service. They seek to engage in holistic healing. Here are 3 stories from MTI, a CWR partner in Haiti:

Rosemann’s Story:

rosemannWhen first seen in the MTI-Advantage Program clinic, Rosemann was five years. She was born with limb deficiency (loss of part of her right leg. Her mother is very engaged with her and determined for her to live as normal a life as possible. Her mother has carried her everywhere, even back/forth to kindergarten.

Rosemann is a lively young girl who sees herself without limitation; only that she cannot walk without an artificial limb. The first day we saw her, we gave her crutches. She just took off walking with the crutches and was so happy. She saw the PET cart (hand propelled cart) in our clinic and knew that she could use it for mobility. Our carpenter arranged one for her which she uses at home and in her neighborhood.

r 2The MTI-AP made an artificial limb for her that allows her to walk without additional assistance. She now walks and runs with her friends, causing her mother more difficulty in keeping up with her! She is growing so fast and is so active, she is now in her 3rd prosthesis. We hope that we will be able to accommodate her limb deficiency in a prosthesis, but she may need surgery in the future.

Rosemann thanks all who help to make such life-changing interventions possible. She is excited about “walking to school” for the first time in her life! Continue Reading »

Burma Mobile Health Clinics- Partners Relief and Development

Post a Comment » Written on February 17th, 2014     
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Over the past 60 years in Burma (now called Myanmar), every ethnic state has had a resistance movement to respond to the oppression from the central government. Today, there is a ceasefire and a call to ratify the ceasefire with the central government. There are risks to any agreement, but there is hope for peace in a country that has known war for far too long. There is hope for new beginnings and fresh starts. One villager states, “If we do not run, we can start rebuilding our country.”

CWR partners with the Burma Mobile Health Clinics as they continue to travel to remote villages and administer health care to those in need. They have been met with some new challenges since the ceasefire has taken place. People are feeling freer to travel through the former war zones, leading to more casualties from scattered landmines. They have also been met with continued challenges: severe pneumonia in patients and without the capacity to find the strain, it continues to spread.

Since the fighting has stopped, people are more concerned for the basic health and sanitation because they are now able to remain stationary, more water systems and toilets have been installed.

There is always need, mostly in prayer. Pray that they ceasefire in Myanmar would stay in effect as the country begins to heal and people begin to return to their homes. Pray for the medics as they continue to face different medical cases with limited resources. Pray for the committees tasked with managing a relationship with the government health system, for wisdom, direction, and mutual understanding.