our impact
GlobeMed at Whitman College partners with Burma Humanitarian Mission in Eastern Burma to support community based healthcare & education projects to improve lives.

GlobeMed at Whitman College + Burma Humanitarian Mission

GlobeMed at Whitman

Chapter
GlobeMed at Whitman College | Walla Walla, Washington

Partner
Burma Humanitarian Mission (BHM) | Eastern Burma

Key Fact
The World Health Organization rates the healthcare system in Burma the second worst in the world.

BHM is excited to pair with GlobeMed and students from Whitman College to implement a program that responds to both the medical and educational needs of displaced people along the Thai-Burma border.  The creation of a vocational health curriculum at Minmahaw School represents three of BHMs biggest values:  providing education that empowers independence within the ethnic communities of Burma, increasing positive health outcomes for villagers who have been displaced by the ongoing military brutality in Burma, and responsiveness to the requests of our partner-organizations by supporting the programs that they feel are of greatest benefit to their people. – Jennifer Zurick, Executive Director of BHM

About the Partnership
Burma Humanitarian Mission supports community based health-care and education projects that improve the lives of the people of Burma. They believe in supporting the people of Burma in developing their own solutions. As such, BHM responds to local initiatives, providing the support the people of Burma ask for. BHM was founded in 1999 and currently partners with the Backpack Medic Teams to train two-thirds of all new backpack medics in eastern Burma.

Project
GlobeMed at Whitman funds a health vocational class at the Minmahaw Education Foundation Post-10 School. This health vocational class will be taught by Backpack Health Workers from the organization based in Mae Sot, the Backpack Health Worker Teams (BPHWT). The class will be taught for one hour, twice a week throughout the 2014 calendar year. Classes will cover first aid and CPR, sanitation and environmental health, family planning, infectious diseases, and assessing when a person should seek medical care.

GlobeMed at Whitman is also funding a second project: a healthcare clinic in the Karen State of Burma through the BPHWT. Burma Humanitarian Mission currently supports more than twenty mobile clinics and GlobeMed at Whitman will be joining them in their pursuit of making healthcare accessible to the Karen people of Eastern Burma.

Impact
GlobeMed at Whitman College aims to raise $5,000 to fund a year-long health vocational class for 48 students at the Minmahaw Education Foundation Post-10 School in Mae Sot, Thailand. This class will provide its students with basic knowledge of first aid and CPR, sanitation and environmental health, family planning, infectious diseases, and assessing when a person should seek medical care. GlobeMed at Whitman also aims to raise an additional $1,500 to fund a healthcare clinic in the Karen State of Burma.

Get Involved
Read GlobeMed at Whitman College’s annual report and donate to their cause. Interested in joining the chapter? Contact whitman@globemed.org.

  1. 2011-2012 Annual Report

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