Southeast Myanmar is gradually emerging from more than six decades of civil war and is one of the most landmine-contaminated regions in the world. Ensuring that basic emergency care is available to conflict-affected and hard-to-reach populations in this region is a significant challenge. Mobile 'backpack' medic teams operated by community-based organizations have demonstrated remarkable success in providing lifesaving health care in this low-resource context.
Through a longstanding partnership with experienced Emergency Medicine physicians in the United States, CPI facilitates annual Trauma and Emergency Management workshops for community-based 'backpack' medics in southeast Myanmar. These medics are the first responders for more than 75,0000 people in over 200 villages. Held every year since 2000, the workshops cover a wide range of key trauma and emergency management topics including obstetric and pediatric emergencies, bleeding management, suturing, fractures, dislocations and splinting, shock and field surgery practice. Over the years, the training content has been honed to suit the mobile, low-resource context that these medics operate in, and updated to meet the changing context and needs. CPI also helps to provide the supplies and equipment that the medics need to carry out their work.