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.


KDHW Job Announcements – November 2014

12 November 2014
KDHW is recruiting two new positions.
  1. Human Resources Manager
  2. Finance Manager
Interested applicants should review the job description before forwarding their cover letter, CV and references to the KDHW Office Manager Saw David Jel kdhwnetwork@gmail.com

The deadline for applications is 28 November 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Saw David Jel at the above email address.

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