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MYANMAR


Emergency Healthcare Capacity Building 2005 – Current

Decades of political instability, administrative challenges and economic isolation have steadily eroded Burma’s national infrastructure, public services and living standards. Almost a decade of trade and economic sanctions has left Burma with high foreign debt and fiscal problems. The military regime is developing its offshore gas resources, which find a ready market in China and India. This energy development has provided Burma with enough power in recent years to ensure China and India shield it from international criticism in regional forums and where possible, within the United Nations.

Eastern Burma is the most heavily mined area in the world, with approximately 1500 landmine casualties annually. Villagers also report "atrocity demining" whereby the Burmese Army forces locals to walk in front of soldiers as human minesweepers, often as porters and sometimes dragging a heavy log across the path.

AAI has been assisting Karen, Mon, Kareni and Burmese refugees in Thailand and Burma for over seven years and supports an emergency medical program in association with the Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW) and Global Health Access Program (GHAP), a partner non-government organisation (NGO). The medical project was specifically designed for medics who live in Burma and support local communities with healthcare. The medical program is extensive and has had a significant effect on saving lives and diminishing the suffering of displaced populations.

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