VHCs meeting at Southern Kawkareik

17 November 2017

KDHW held a Village Health Committee (VHC) meeting/workshop on Oct 10th, 2017 at Taw Nor Teaching hospital, Kawtareet township, Doo Pla Ya District. The purpose of the meeting was to raise the awareness to village health committee for the participation regarding health promotion activities and emergency response such as referral of pregnant women as well as other emergency cases.

Participants were leaders from Karen Department of Health and Welfare from central, District and Township levels, Village health committee and others key leaders from the villages, about 100 people.

VHC meeting group photo

During the meeting/workshop, participants were divided into groups trying to identify what are the common diseases happen in their area and where do they refer patients for emergency cases.

They also worked out the benefits they received by organizing Village Health Committee and the challenges they faced in their work. In addition, participants were asked to provide the feedback and suggestion in order to operate the Village Health Committee more effectively.

According to the groups’ work, the most common diseases happening in their areas are respiration tract infection, malaria, dengue, gastritis, hypertension, hypotension, diabetes mellitus, arthritis and diarrhea.

Group discussion during VHCs meeting

For emergency cases, usually they refer the patients to Kawkareik hospital, Hpa-An hospital, Mawlamyine hospital, Myawwaddy hospital, Mae Sot General hospital as well as Mae Tao Clinic. Medical treatment costs in Government hospitals and Mae Sot general hospital are very expensive. The average cost for normal delivery are around 300,000 kyat and 500,000 kyat for caesarean.

The treatment cost for general diseases are different depending on different diseases and severity of the diseases. Medical treatment at Mae Tao Clinic is free of charge, however transportation costs for the patient are not provided.

Villagers are divided into three groups which are poor, medium and rich. The estimated average of the rich people are 14 percent, medium are 42 percent and poor are 44 percent respectively.

Getting to know each other

Feedback from the Village Health Committee suggested that KDHW needs to provide adequate medicines for the clinics, increase health education activities to the villagers, provide better health care especially for mothers and children and organize monitoring and evaluation activities.

They also suggested that KDHW needs to appoint medical specialists as well as hire enough staff for Taw Nor teaching hospital. Moreover, they recommended that fundraising activities are required for patient referral and ambulance bus for emergency cases, which are not affordable with the KDHW current situation.



Updated Policy for Humanitarian Assistance (June 2014) available

12 November 2014

KDHW is pleased to provide an updated KNU Policy for Humanitarian Assistance (June 2014) in Karen, English and Burmese languages.   See the Policy Statements page.

New 2013 Policy Statements and 2011 Annual Report available

21 May 2013

KDHW is pleased to provide an updated Health and Welfare Policy (Feb 2013) in Karen, English and Burmese languages.  A new KNU Policy on Humanitarian Operation in Ceasefire Zones (March 2013) is available in Burmese and English languages.   See the Policy Statements page.

The KDHW 2011 Annual Report is now available online.  See the Annual Reports page.




New Quality Improvement Team Visit Dweloe Township

9 August 2012

The quality improvement (QI) program has been recently created to improve the skills of health workers in the clinics. The team has six members including 2 men and 4 women. Three people went to visit Dweloe township to check on quality, review logbooks, collect surveys.  They also observed and treated patients according to BBG guidelines. Three conditions were the focus: diarrhea, malaria and acute respiratory infection.

walking through the jungle

carrying heavy load

On half way of the journey

Muddy trip

resting after a long way of hiking

During the training

using stick for climbing mountain

slippery route

caught up mud all over the body

A few more distance to Day Pa No village

Arriving in Dad Pa No village

KDHW Web Site – Major Update

30 June 2012


English version

Dear Friends and Partners,

We are pleased to let you know the KDHW web site has been updated in early 2012 with the latest information on our programs and partners. This is first major update we have completed over the past two years. Pages have been added for Gender Based Violence, Lymphatic Filariasis, Targeted Feeding and Vitamin A and Deworming. See the PROGRAMS link at the top of the page or the sidebar listing of all programs.

You can now FOLLOW the KDHW web site to receive news alerts by email. This feature alerts you when to check for changes to the web site. Simply register by clicking the FOLLOW button on the top right of the page and then confirming the link you receive in your email.

We have also added a comment form on the About page so you can contact us directly.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Karen Department of Health and Welfare

MRE Vocational Training and Learning New Skills

31 January 2012

Landmines continue to cause injuries and death for people who live in eastern Burma. Villagers are maimed, injured and a signifiant percentage of those who are injured are fatally wounded. Those who survive no longer have the means to support themselves and their families.

The second workshop for vocational training for land mine amputees was recently held.  The training has four teaching aims:

  • make cement blocks
  • use stones for construction – create a wall
  • create flat surface using natural stone
  • how make a water tank using cement blocks including finishing the surface with mortar

Most victims were farmers and are not able to continue to do agricultural work after their injuries.

Trainees learn to make cement blocks

Preparing to make a straight wall

The first aim has been achieved for most of the trainees.  Additional workshops will be conducted to assess what is feasible for the other objectives.

Further training in business skills and start up funding are also needed to assist victims to start a business and a new way to earn income.

GHAP/AAI Trauma Training — January 2012

21 January 2012

On a semi-annual basis, trauma training is organized for medics who provide care inside eastern Burma.  This year Global Health Access Program (GHAP) and members of Australian Aid International (AAI) have again partnered to bring medical professionals from around the world to Northern Thailand to help train Karen and Karenni Medics.  See their blog for a day by day recounting of this year’s training:

GHAP/AAI Trauma Training