Mountain tribes on the brink of the abyss

by Jasmin Eigemann, 2014/07/17

Nearly four years ago, the armed forces, who had governed Myanmar for the last 50 years, surprisingly installed a civil president. Despite this opening, this multiethnic state is still one of the poorest countries in the world. Especially the members of minorities suffer from poor education and a bad health system. humedica cares for their supply.

A boy receives necessary treatment. Photo: humedica

Myanmar, which is also called Burma, is a multiethnic state in which about 31 percent of the population belongs to different minorities. Since the country’s independence in 1948, these groups have repeatedly attempted to install their self-government and there have been repeated fights with the armed forces. The government has systematically been after the members of these minorities. At the moment, there are 1.5 million people on the run in their own country.

The people who live in the eastern provinces Karen, Kachin, Karenni and Shan, named after the prevailing peoples there, near the border to Thailand, are especially affected.

For the members of the pursued minorities, the already very high infant mortality rate has even increased. One child out of five dies before the age of five, one woman out of twelve does not survive pregnancy.

Often the people die of diseases which are easy to treat. Doctors and hospitals are rare. Hardly any child has been vaccinated.

Here, humedica supports the work of our long-term partner organization Partners Relief and Development who have operated in this region for 20 years already. Thanks to their patient care program, the people receive free medical care. By building mobile hospitals and by training medically skilled personnel, the basic medical care ought to be ensured.

The humedica long-term objective is to improve the coordination of the medical measures insofar as to ensure that help will arrive everywhere where it is needed. A big challenge in this isolated mountainous region!

In order to be able to supply urgently needed help for threatened people and refugees, we depend on your donation. Thank you very much!

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