|Title:|| ||Community Partners International
|Description/subject:|| ||A merger of Foundation for the People of Burma and GHAP (Global Health Access Program).....Our Mission:
"We work with local partners to improve health and education through community-driven development led by and for the people of Burma/Myanmar.
Partnership with local community-based organizations (CBOs) in Burma and along its borders is the core of our work. Together with local partners, we listen to local voices, build local capacity and support basic needs. Our long-term relationships develop the trust and experience vital to positive lasting change, and our extensive network encompasses diverse ethnicities, religions and languages.
We believe in community driven development. We provide resources and technical support tailored to specific needs in villages, slums, migrant worker enclaves and refugee encampments, and our projects include an array of health and education initiatives. In addition to improving quality of life at home, many of our partners generate scientifically rigorous documentation to inform and influence public health and education policy globally and locally.
No matter what the project, we focus on building the capacity of community leaders to assess their own needs and resources; manage, monitor and evaluate their own projects; and seek and exchange skills and resources with others. We believe this model promotes independence, strengthens communities from within and provides a unique local-global platform to develop long-term civil society in Burma....
We believe that healthy families build strong communities. Our support of community-based public health and clinical care in Burma and along its borders reaches more than one million people — many of them displaced and living in unstable conflict-affected zones with no other health care available.
We focus on evidence-based public health and clinical care initiatives through innovative training and partnership with local health clinics, backpack medics and village-based health workers. Using a train-the-trainers model, we have partnered with more than 60 community-based organizations on malaria, tuberculosis, filariasis (elephantiasis), reproductive health, trauma care, health systems strengthening, childhood immunizations and child nutrition in a country where 1 in 3 children are malnourished.
Through our health branch, the Global Health Access Program, we provide training, technical support and resources to help our partners implement a broad array of initiatives, including clean births and emergency obstetric care for mothers living in remote villages; malaria screening, treatment and prevention for villagers living in a country with the highest number of malaria deaths in Southeast Asia; trauma management in a country with one of the highest number of landmine injuries and deaths in the world; Vitamin A distribution to prevent blindness and help children survive and thrive; health systems strengthening to improve community-based infrastructure and assessment of health needs and services.
Education goes far beyond the classroom for millions from Burma who are vulnerable because they’re illiterate, uprooted, marginalized and poor.
Two-thirds of children in our project areas drop out of primary and middle school because books and fees are beyond their reach. Teenagers in places like remote Shan State have few options for their future because their villages don’t have high schools.
With solid skills, people have a chance to find jobs, feed families, avoid abuse and rebuild communities. That’s why we invest in education, partnering with 62 local organizations to support more than 1,200 schools, 5,200 teachers and classrooms for more than 115,600 students.
In remote villages and peri-urban slums, we support community-led programs that take children off the streets; counsel and retrain trafficked women and girls; train ethnic-minority villagers to farm organically and leverage group savings; teach migrant workers to calculate wages and advocate for rights; train leaders to assess and respond to community needs.
Starting with preschools, our education outreach continues through primary school, middle school, high school, post-high school and includes an array of vocational and skills training opportunities for adults—including many who’ve never had formal schooling.
We believe education is the cornerstone of civil society. In conflict and natural disaster zones, our local partners’ extensive network of schools offer uprooted villagers stability, hope and a chance to regroup."|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Community Partners International|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||24 November 2011|
|Title:|| ||IMPLEMENTING DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IN MYANMAR
|Date of publication:|| ||December 2009|
|Description/subject:|| ||In the 16 months following the disaster, Merlin has implemented a Disaster Risk Reduction programme within areas where Water and Sanitation (WatSan) and Health programmes are implemented. Covering over 9000 households across 60 villages in Laputta Township, Merlin has worked with the communities to raise awareness about the risks they face, promote a culture of preparedness and build community resilience. The programme has five main components:
RISK AWARENESS RAISING, HAZARD ANALYSIS AND PLANNING, BUILDING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE, DRR INTEGRATION, ACCOUNTABILITY TO BENEFICIARIES|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Merlin Medical Relief Lasting Health Care|
|Format/size:|| ||pdf (737.90 K)|
|Alternate URLs:|| ||http://www.merlin.org.uk/images/libimages/2006.pdf|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||10 November 2010|
|Title:|| ||When Universities Close
|Date of publication:|| ||December 2001|
|Description/subject:|| ||The repeated closure of universities in Burma has left the country without much-needed medical
expertise. How much can NGOs do to make up for lost time?..."
"Now that Burma had had no doctors graduating for two years (except possibly military doctors from their
own school) the government encouraged training of lay village health workers. Because we had done
similar teaching in rural Thailand for another group, the organization had invited my wife and me to join
the team. We came once in 1996 when they began their project, and again in 1998 to see how well the
students could remember and use such teaching. By that time there were 500 who had taken the
three-week training course; some of them were quite competent as far as their training went, each
working with about thirty families in her home village. Others were woefully inadequate at making
decisions, even though they could remember facts." ...
elementary school itself is free, but many can't afford all the fees the teachers must charge. Children
have to buy textbooks, uniforms, paper and pencils; they must often pay athletic fees, examination fees,
buy cleaning supplies for the classroom - the expenses can go on and on. The government has invested
very little in the education system. Most children drop out before middle school." He shrugged. "If you
want an education, join the army."|
|Author/creator:|| ||Keith Dahlberg|
|Source/publisher:|| ||"The Irrawaddy" Vol. 9, No. 9|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||17 September 2010|