January 26, 2024

Monthly report from Myanmar: Su Sus News and Insights


Every month, our project manager in Myanmar Su Myat Oo (called Su Su) sends us a summary of the activities at the Irrawaddy River Doctors and at the mother and child center. She also gives us an insight into the current situation in the politically unstable Myanmar and the impact this is having on the local people.

We reproduce her impressive report in the original English language. Here are her observations for the month of November.

Dear Dr.Veronika,

I hope you are in good health. I am writing a monthly overview report for IRD November trip and activities. In this month, we provided our medical treatment to 14 villages.

Our team had undergone the medical trip from 1st - 23rd November. The ICD results show that there are 1449 of the general patients and 672 patients who came due to dental problems. 48 of them were pregnant women who came for AN care. Concerning the kids, there were a total of 572 boys and girls between 1 to 15 years old who took medical check-ups and treatment while about. 28 children were less than one year old. We did screening test regarding comprehensive AN care to 38 pregnant women and a total of 444 patients did laboratory testing. Furthermore, we provided deworming to 500 patients in total.

We also supported one package of baby formula milk powder and one baby milk bottle to two months old baby with cleft lip and palate whose mother's breastfeeding is not enough for baby.

During this month, our team provided the general medical treatment such as Idiopathic Anaemia, Urinary Tract Infection and Rheumatic Fever according to the signs and symptoms of the patients and the laboratory test results. Furthermore, our team provided treatment for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes mellitus, heart fisease and hypertension. In this month, we had random blood sugar testing to 179 patients whose BMI were above 23. And we also did electrocardiogram (ECG) testing to 240 new patients who were above 40 years old. Furthermore, patients suffering under a veriaty of other issues came to our boat to get treatment.

In this month, a dental student helped our team to provide treatment to the patients with dental caries, shedding tooth for the children and medicated filling to those needed.

Our team also went to two schools and provided health education to 263 students and teachers. The dentist educated the students about oral health care in both schools and Dr Phway shared his knowledge about personal hygiene to the students a primary school. Dr Lun gave health education regarding communicable diseases as well as non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, heart disease to all students and menstrual hygiene to female students. Moreover, we also provided medicated soaps to them as presents.

We had two guests from Germany this month; Dr. Anna and her colleague Mrs. Annelie. They provided some surgical demonstrations and gave worksshops about basic surgical skill and shared knowledge. With the help of Dr. Anna, we updated our medicines order list especially focusing on pregnant women and infants while being sure that every patient receives the best medicines which are affordable and available easily in the local market.

In conclusion, thanks again to Artemed Stiftung and all donors for your continuous support and love for Myanmar operation. I am very happy to be able to work together with trust until today. I always pray for you. And wishing you all sweet December.

Su Su @ Myanmar

With Best regards,

Su Su

News from the Mother and Child Center, Bogale

In November, 21 babies were born in our MCC. All were born healthy. A total of 184 women visited the center for check-ups. 8 came for follow-up examinations.

Take a look at our baby gallery: all children born at the MCC are welcomed here.

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