At first glance, Daw Ja Ring’s hands are unremarkable. Yet these hands have ushered into the world hundreds of the babies born in Shwe Gyin village, Kachin State, in the last twenty-five years. Daw Ja Ring is Shwe Gyin village’s trained birth attendant, a role she undertook when she was just 18 years old. Now, at 43, she has lost count of the exact number of births she has attended but estimates that it must be at least 300.
Naw Phaw Pa Klay is a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Worker with Community Partners International (CPI) partner the Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW) at Kawet Nwe village in Kayin State, southeast Myanmar. This is one of the locations that CPI’s clinic supports with training, outreach and referral services focused on gender-based violence.