OUR GOAL is to improve access to public health and primary medical care in Chin state.
Health indicators in Chin State continue to be among the worst in Myanmar. The primary cause of death is from infectious diseases including pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria – most of which are preventable and treatable. Medicines are scarce and expensive and despite there being numerous health facilities, many are empty and all are understaffed. Due to the distance between villages and towns, patients only travel to a hospital when their deteriorating health conditions are at their worst, with some arriving too late.
Since 2008, HHM have trained 834 Community Health Workers (CHWs) and 200 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to develop a community-led response to health challenges across the region. This network of volunteer health workers is spread over 551 partner villages.
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Our initial response to the COVID-19 outbreak has seen our local medical team:
- launch a COVID-19 joint task force with local churches and organisations to reduce travel in the region, practice social distancing and reduce the number of public meetings
- invite health officials to present information about COVID-19 to villagers
- release videos in local languages providing health education to multiple tribal groups across the region
- teach proper hand-washing techniques to the local community
- set up the Health & Hope training centre as an emergency response unit to support patient referrals to hospitals outside of Chin State
Our COVID-19 Response project now focuses on a three-stage strategy:
The work is being delivered through our network of Community Health Workers (CHWs) and local medical team. It focuses on supporting 143 villages in southern Chin State, covering a population of over 53,000 in 9,750 households.
The primary focus of the PREVENT stage between April - May 2020, covers health education in local languages, setting up of hand hygiene stations, supporting self-isolation of patients in the village and supporting CHWs with infection control measures when reviewing patients.
The DETECT stage provides support to CHWs to report signs and symptoms of community members with remote and in-situ support from the local medical team. The final stage, RESPOND, provides for continuing education, monitoring of self-isolated patients and compassionate transport and referrals for patients that require hospitalisation.
Stage 1: PREVENT
Stage 2: DETECT
Stage 3: RESPOND