In the early 2,000s, a local Burmese man dreamed of bringing primary healthcare to Chin State, a rural region in Western Myanmar. Life for villagers in the region was difficult, with little or no healthcare facilities, limited education opportunities, and chronic food shortages.
As a boy, this young man saw his parents taken for forced labour, and girls in his village violated. He witnessed the death of friends from preventable illnesses such as diarrhoea and saw many women and babies die during childbirth.
The young man walked for many days to reach the high school in Yangon. He was the first child from his village ever to attend. On his return, his community sold their livestock to send him to college in India and later sent him abroad to study medicine. Despite having to learn three new languages to gain his education, he graduated at the top of his class.
His dream was also to enable young people to have the same opportunities that he had received to fulfil their potential. That young man was Dr Sasa, and his passion to serve his people led to the birth of Health & Hope in 2009. You can read more about Dr Sasa's remarkable story here.
In 2021 Dr Sasa stepped down from his leadership role at Health & Hope to pursue a political career.