A health centre capable of admitting 1,600 patients a month, medical care and free-of-charge medication to 600 children and 400 pregnant women, training for midwives and future mothers, vaccines for school children – these are the results of seven month’s work of the Polish Medical Mission in Wakema Township, the Irrawaddy River delta. The project “Myanmar: obstetric and educational operations, medical operations and WASH in the Irrawaddy River delta” is co-funded by Poland’s development cooperation programme, which is implemented by the Polish Foreign Ministry’s Department of Development Cooperation. The project is set to continue in 2018.
The aim of the scheme was to improve the quality of healthcare provided to pregnant women, infants, and children in Wakema Township, Irrawaddy region. It ran from May to December 2017, and included measures to raise awareness about obstetrics and hygiene, as well as direct medical assistance in the form of tests and vaccines.
As part of the project, the Polish Medical Mission trained 90 midwives in perinatal health and WASH. Moreover, 200 expectant mothers were given advice on how to look after their health during pregnancy, care for an infant, and use contraceptives. It was a follow-up to the training series organized in 2016.
In addition, medical care and free-of-charge medication were provided to over 600 children and around 400 pregnant women. 280 school children were vaccinated against hepatitis B.
In order to facilitate access to obstetric care in Wakema Township, the Mission built a health centre with a delivery room. The centre can admit up to 1,600 patients a month, and includes 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, water well, roof water tank, and power supply.
“Our aid is mainly aimed at pregnant women, mothers in the postnatal period as well as children from rural areas,” says Magdalena Komperda, the project’s coordinator. “We had no experience of this culture before, so it was a big challenge at first. But looking back on two years of our involvement in Myanmar and its results we are confident that it makes sense.”
Based on a press release of the Polish Medical Mission Association