“Without the backpackers, the internally displaced people would have no medical care and there would be no documentation of the link between poor health and human rights abuses. Through use of epidemiologic tools, field observations and surveys, the Back Pack Health Worker Team estimates that malaria accounts for half the deaths among internally displaced people and that at least 12 percent of the IDP population is infected at any given time. Infant mortality is twice as high among the internally displaced population as it is in stable households.”
This extensive article, published by The Tyee, discusses the political situation in Burma, the Mae Tao clinic, health conditions in Burma, and our work at the Back Pack Health Worker Team. Eh Kalu, a leader of our organization, shares what it is like to work at the Back Pack office.
Read the original article here.