- WHY CARE ABOUT BURMA?
- WHO WE ARE
There are no doctors or hospitals for eastern Burma’s half million displaced civilians, many of them living in active conflict zones, in a region with one of the highest rates of landmine injuries in the world. Rapid access to trauma care is critical for landmine victims because of blood loss and severity of injury: approximately one in three survivors require amputation.
To address basic and critical emergency health needs, our partner organization, the Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW), developed a mobile medical system uniquely adapted to the region: A network of tiny clinics now dot eastern Burma, with local health workers carrying supplies on their backs, walking for weeks through remote jungles, separated from their families, risking arrest and injury — all to get medical training and reach patients.
Community Partners’ health branch, the Global Health Access Program, trains and equips these Trauma Management Program health workers, who provide care ranging from basic emergency first response to field amputations and management of landmine injuries, gunshot wounds and blood transfusions for 90,000 villagers. KDHW's landmine injury and gunshot wound survival rate is 92% for patients that survived to trauma team arrival.
More than 300 senior health workers are now trained to triage patients in the field, provide longer-term trauma care in village clinics, and following a Training-of-Trainers model, implement their own workshops for newer health workers inside Burma. Additionally, CPI helps procure surgical instruments, anesthetics and other key supplies essential to save lives and limbs.