From May to December 2017, the Polish Medical Mission implemented a project in Myanmar. It comprised educational operations in the field of obstetrics and hygiene as well as immediate medical aid: examinations and vaccinations.
Our aid was specifically intended first of all for pregnant women, mothers in the postnatal period as well as children from the rural areas in the Wakema Township in the delta of the river Irrawaddy.
Low number of qualified medical personnel, difficulties in reaching a lot of the villages located in the delta of the river, especially during the rainy season, low health awareness – these are the major challenges that the future mothers are going to face. Therefore, 85% of pregnant women choose to deliver at home.
Within the framework of the project implemented , Polish Medical Mission conducted trainings for 90 midwives on perinatal health and WASH. We also organised trainings for 200 women expecting a baby on health in pregnancy, neonatal care and contraceptive methods. It was a continuation of the series of trainings that we carried out in 2016.
We also provided medical care and access to free medicines for over 600 children and about 300 pregnant women. We vaccinated 280 school-age children against hepatitis B.
In order to improve access to obstetric care in Wakema Township, we built a local health care centre with a delivery room. The centre receives 1,600 patients a months. It consists of a waiting room for patients, a consulting room, a nurse room, a medical storeroom and a delivery room. It is equipped with a sanitary system, an own well, a water tank on the roof of the building and power supply.
The project ‘Myanmar – obstetric and educational operations, medical operations and WASH in the region of the delta of the Irrawaddy’ is co-financed within the framework of the Polish development cooperation programme of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.