Since 2009, Health & Hope Myanmar has trained 834 Community Health Workers (CHWs) from 551 villages serving a population of over 120,000 villagers. They have also trained 166 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), and supported villagers to build 19 Community Health and Education Centres across the region.
In 2009, an educational scholarship programme was launched to support the next generation of leaders in Chin State, with the first medical doctor graduating in 2016. Health and Hope Myanmar continue to respond to the critical issues of food insecurity and malnutrition.
"I have learnt so much here, not only about health and medicine, but about life, love, hope and peace. I cannot wait to go home to share what I have learnt." KhiHla Ying
“I am from a small village in Paletwa Township. If we are sick, we must go one full day walking to reach Paletwa where there is the nearest clinic. We can also go by boat but only if there is water.
My younger sister passed away in 2011 due to diarrhoea. There was no one to help us. She could not make the journey to hospital. She was only 3 years old. One of my younger brothers also died when he was 2 years old. He had a very high fever and did not recover. My youngest brother died as soon as he was born. We didn’t even get to give him a name.
Our village school only reaches Grade 7. I had to live in a rented house to finish my studies for two years with my friends with no-one to care for us. A village leader told my dad about this training. I had never heard of this village and was scared to come. We are a different tribe and speak a different dialect. But thinking of the helplessness of my sister and brothers, I had to have courage.
We travelled five days by foot and boat to get here. We had no map and I had never climbed a mountain. I had heard bad stories about the hill people, but I had nothing to fear! I have been so surprised by their kindness and hospitality. It is so peaceful and like living with a very big family. I have learnt so much here, not only about health and medicine, but about life, love, hope and peace.
I cannot wait to go home to share what I have learnt. I want to pass on this knowledge of health. I want to help build toilets and tell people about boiling water and good hygiene, so that we don’t lose any more of our children to diarrhoea.”