“With the convening of the National League for Democracy-dominated parliament and the formation of the U Htin Kyaw cabinet – including the appointment of Dr Myint Htwe as the new minister for health – [The Health Convergence Core Group], along with our conflict-affected communities, are hopeful that there is finally light at the end of … More Community health: We care for our own
A recent cholera outbreak near the Thai-Burma border is causing many Karen people to suffer and is spreading. The Back Pack Health Worker Team is coordinating with Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW) to administer care in villages where government health services are inaccessible. Read the whole story, by the Karen Times, here.
Back Pack, in conjunction with other organizations, opened a donation center to provide emergency aid for those affected by the recent flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains and worsened by Cyclone Komen. Read the original article here.
Read this article from Karen News about how fighting between the Burma Army and the Karen National Defense Organisation (that operates under the control of the Karen National Union) left one Karen soldier dead and another wounded. The Back Pack Health Worker Team is currently administering treatment to the wounded soldier.
This interview of Saw Win Kyaw, director of BPHWT, provides information on our teams, projects, trainings, and more. “The Back Pack Health Worker Team was founded in 1998 and currently our program design is one Back Pack team working with a target population of 2,000 people. When we started we only had 32 back pack … More Back Pack Jungle Medics Treating IDPs in Burma’s Conflict Zones: Interview with Saw Win Kyaw
“Saw Win Kyaw is a 42-year-old Buddhist Karen man who was born and grew up in Hpa-an Township. Taking to the streets in the 8888 uprising, 17-year-old Saw Win Kyaw and thousands of other students were forced to flee to the jungle after the military took over power. Saw Win Kyaw trained as a medic … More Story of a Jungle Medic and Ethnic Health Director: Saw Win Kyaw
[This article was originally published January 15, 2014, on Aljazeera.com and written by Gigi Berardi. It is reposted with permission. Read the original article here.] One medic finds that moves towards political reform have not benefited his patients in Burma’s remote border areas. Watch the video of his story here. Nyunt Win is … More The Jungle Surgeon of Myanmar
“Karen State government officials, representatives from Burma based civil society organizations and border based community-based organizations met for two days in Hpa-an on 21-22 May and reached an agreement to work together to help Karen communities that have been affected by six decades of conflict.” Back Pack Health Worker Team is proud to be one … More State Govt and CBO’s Agree to Help Conflict-Affected Karen Communities
“In staying its course, [Back Pack Health Worker Team], which began its mission over a decade ago, implies that little has changed on the ground despite ceasefire agreements signed over the past 10 months between the reformist government of President Thein Sein and armed ethnic groups. The communities affected by the decades-long conflict on the mountainous, … More Death Stalks Pregnant Women In East Myanmar
[This article was originally published November 10, 2011 on Karennews.org and written by Nan Thoo Lei (KIC). Read the original article here.] The Burma Army in Papun Township has arrested two community health workers from the Back Pack Health Worker Team who were giving medical treatment to villagers in the area. The Back Pack … More BURMA ARMY ARREST HEALTH WORKERS