About KDHW

The Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW) has looked after the health of the Karen people for over twenty years. The organization was established to address the complete lack of health care resources in Karen State, the result of years of military aggression. For several decades, Burma’s State Peace and Development Council’s (SPDC) four cuts policy has deprived ethnic minorities of basic health and human services.

Today, KDHW is responsible for the physical and mental health of people living in Karen State, with a particular focus on approximately 100,000 internally displaced people.

Since 2004, KDHW, with technical support from GHAP, has conducted Health Impact Surveys. The surveys provide a broad picture of morbidity rates, mortality rates, and human rights violations affecting health. The KDHW can use the data to track changes in the health situation inside Karen State over time.

See the Programs page for our current programs and activities.

KDHW Central Office Staff in 2010


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