Welcome to the web site of the Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW). Health for all, for the Karen by the Karen – this is the mission of KDHW. The Karen Department of Health and Welfare is pleased to make this web site available for Karen people everywhere, our donors and partners, and the general public.
The Karen living in Karen State, in Eastern Burma, receive no public health care from the government of Myanmar. Instead, the military’s policies of forced labor and relocation, theft, and violence leave the Karen impoverished and without government-sponsored recourse for health problems. The human rights violations perpetrated in Karen State and other ethnic states have been well documented by a number of organizations, including the Back Pack Health Worker Team, Karen Human Rights Group, the Karen Women’s Organization, the Free Burma Rangers, and the Thailand Burma Border Consortium, to name a few.
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Site last updated 22 September 2013