Rural Healthcare: Than Ya Gone
Than Ya Gone is a small village in the Kawkareik district of Kayin (Karen) state. A sleepy backwater on the plains beneath the Dawna mountain range, the village is entirely off-grid and obtains its water from hand-drawn wells - even though the main road between Hpa-An and Myawaddy is only a few kilometres away. Here, in a wooden stilted structure typical of the region, is a village clinic serving six surrounding villages: approximately 1,900 people use this healthcare hub, which is staffed by community health-workers who have undergone training in the border area with Thailand which has traditionally received aid as a focal point for refugees from a decades-long insurgency. The clinic is run by the Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW), the healthcare provider for non-government controlled areas of the state. It delivers a number of internationally-funded projects in public healthcare - including training village and community healthworkers, running malaria control and vitamin deficiency/deworming programmes, and supplying ‘traditional birthing attendants’: midwives who also educate villagers in the basics of reproductive health.
Than Ya Gone’s staff told us that they wanted to build a modest in-patient facility which would help to control the spread of disease when treating patients - who are currently sent back to their homes, potentially carrying infectious illness - and to enable mothers to give birth in a more hygienic, controlled environment. Two other priorities were raised: the need to address child malnutrition, and to improve oral health. We want to support these three areas through the building of a stand-alone in-patient clinic in the village, and piloting child malnutrition and oral health awareness schemes.
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