Myanmar trip April ’16

We have now completed our evaluation of Myanmar and have defined the mission. I met with the Ministry of Health for Rakhine 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 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 Rakhine 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 Rakhine 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 3.2 million get access to health care that they now lack. Please donate what you can and share with your friends… Warmest regards….... read more
Going to Hue University

Going to Hue University

Hi everyone. An AMCANI team is leaving for Hue University next weekend. Members of the team will continue teaching Advanced Rehab techniques, neurosurgical nursing concepts and we will evaluate a potential collaboration with vascular surgery. I will complete the training on the navigation system and bring it on-line for the neurosurgical group there. We continue to work on our Myanmar project, but are still far short of our goal. We have raised enough to ship one container’s worth of material. However, we have now defined a program with the Ministry of Health that will yield maximal benefits of the donated... read more
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.... read more
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... read more
Cargo Shipments Underway

Cargo Shipments Underway

We have been refining the first cargo shipment list for Rahkine Myanmar! Much of the equipment on the first pass donation will be departing for Myanmar in about 6 weeks or so. They have requested we send gurneys, beds, operating micorscopes, the ortho fracture table. Now all we need to do please is make this thing go “viral” to increase donations to help with the shipping... read more
GO FUND ME Campaign Starts Now

GO FUND ME Campaign Starts Now

  Hi…we’ve also started a GoFundMe campaign to help with Myanmar. See the website below for details and GIVE! With each $6,000 raised, AMCANI can ship a cargo container of durable medical supplies to Sittwe Hospital. If we raise $100,000 we can ship and install a CT scanner! Please help us get there!... read more
Relief International Collaboration

Relief International Collaboration

We are pleased to announce a collaboration with Relief International and will be working to supply resource and training to improve health care, using the AMCANI model, to Sittwe General Hosptial Myanmar! Stay tuned for details.... read more
HUE Highlights

HUE Highlights

It’s not all work either! Various photos from the 2012 and 2014 mission highlighting Hue. Hue is a UNESCO World Heritage site.The Citadel, Hue University, team dinner and beach... read more
Mission Vietnam

Mission Vietnam

  Americare Neurosurgery International Allen Efron M.D. working with our Vietnamese colleague on the 2012... read more
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