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Welcome to the website of the Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW). The mission of KDHW is: Health for all, for the Karen by the Karen.  This web site is provided for Karen people everywhere, our donors and partners, and the general public.

The purpose of this web site is to provide information about KDHW’s work to carry out its mission and to provide updates as they are available.  Your comments and feedback are welcome.


The Karen living in Karen State, in Eastern Burma, receive almost no public health care from the Myanmar central government. Instead, the military’s long standing policies of forced labor and relocation, theft, and violence have left many of 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, Karen Women’s Organization, Free Burma Rangers, and The Border Consortium (TBC), to name a few.

KDHW Website

The KDHW web team designed and developed the website in early 2008 with help from volunteers.  KDHW staff and volunteers maintain the site.  In late 2017 the team started a new project to update and refresh the content.  This effort will continue for the next few months.  Check the News section for progress reports about the website project.

To receive an email notification for news and major site updates, please enter your email in the top right of the page to FOLLOW the web site.

Site last updated 1 January 2018.


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