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CPI's Year in Review: 2015

What a year! Updates from the field, milestones, news, events — with the help of our supporters, CPI brought health care to almost 1 million people in Myanmar in 2015. Check out our interactive timeline to see highlights from our work over the past year.

Your gift today will help us achieve even greater impact in 2016!

Coming Together

Community Partners International emerged out of a trip through the villages of Burma/Myanmar, with the executive directors of Foundation for the People of Burma and the Global Health Access Program, and a donor for both organizations traveling together to visit local partners and program sites.

The trio quickly discovered synergy and a common vision: Over meals and dusty back roads, they shared experiences, their rich knowledge of the region and ideas for approaching the vast community and health needs in Burma/Myanmar.

Kelly McGonigle: Backpacks for Myanmar

In December, 16-year-old Kelly McGonigle and his family travelled to the Thailand-Burma border with four giant duffel bags containing a special delivery: Backpacks for medics who must carry supplies for miles through hazardous jungle terrain to provide, in most cases, the only health care services in Burma’s eastern border region. Kelly came up with the Backpacks for Burma idea for his final Eagle Scout project, collecting more than 175 used backpacks to benefit our local partners, the Karen Department of Health and Welfare, the Mae Tao Clinic and the Back Pack Health Workers Team.

Dr. Lay Khin Kay and the B.K. Kee Foundation

The B.K.Kee Foundation $25,000 match fund for CPI — we met our goal!!
We're grateful to the B.K.Kee Foundation for this opportunity — and to the generous CPI donors who helped us re

Thanks to Your Support...

Thanks to everyone who supported CPI's Campaign 2012! Your gifts will help bring essential health services to women, children and families in Burma who otherwise do without — as well as key skills training and resources to our local partners. 2012 was an extraordinary and heartening year for CPI, for our local partners, for everyone who has worked and waited for Burma/Myanmar to begin emerging from decades of isolation and devastating civil strife.

Dr. Cynthia Maung: A Community Health Hero Shares Lessons Learned

September, 2012: Dr. Cynthia Maung wins U.S. Democracy Award! Learn more

On the Thai-Myanmar border, Dr. Cynthia Maung has earned a larger-than-life reputation for her success in galvanizing disparate groups to work together on a common goal: community health. 

The Mae Tao Clinic: Two Decades of Health and Healing on the Thai-Myanmar Border

In 1989, a few months after leaving Myanmar, Dr. Cynthia Maung and a small group of students opened a makeshift medical clinic in a rickety wooden house on the dusty outskirts of Mae Sot, Thailand. The clinic had virtually no supplies, no money, no one who spoke Thai and (except for Dr. Cynthia) no staff formally trained in medicine.



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