The Growing Need for Surgical Instruments

The Growing Need for Surgical Instruments

Although the Government of Myanmar is committed to advancing the health of the populace it is a daunting task. At a township hospital, the first line of defense for health care, there are little if any supplies and materials. The photos show the only surgical instruments that the doctor has to use (compared to the thousands in a modern American hospital) and the supplies on in the right side photo constitute the anesthesia system. No general anesthesia is available and patients undergo major abdominal and pelvic surgery with spinal anesthetic and IV sedation. Chest trauma requiring surgery is not survivable unless the patient can get to a district hospital, which can be 3-10 hours away by boat, car or moped....
Maximizing Equipment Donations

Maximizing Equipment Donations

We have now competed our evaluation of Myanmar and have defined the mission. I met with the Ministry of Health for Rahkine Province, the head of Sittwe General Hospital as well as toured a number of large and small hospitals in the province. We have now defined a program that can maximize the equipment donations. The Minister will direct the equipment (including the CT scanner) to the facilities where he and the local providers feel it is most needed. The Relief International Country Medical Director has volunteered to monitor the distribution on his own time as he spends much of his effort in the Rahkine District. Things are pretty desperate as you can see from the photos and they do not do justice to the human suffering. Myanmar is a poor emerging developing country and Rahkine Province is the one of the poorest. We can meet an unmet need that no other NGO is fulfilling by recycling the discards from the American hospitals. By reusing these items we can reduce the American waste stream as well as help a population of 1.5 million get access to health care that they now lack. Please donate what you can and share with your friends… Warmest regards…. Gary...