Campaign 2013: A healthy Myanmar starts with our donors!

2013 was an extraordinary year for Community Partners International and our partners, as political reform continues to open opportunity to make a lasting difference for the health of Myanmar's most vulnerable communities. Our end-of-year fundraising provides critical support for our partner medics, midwives, village health workers and community leaders who, in many cases, are the only link to safe births, immunizations, malaria treatment and so much more. Your contribution makes a world of difference!

Dr. Cynthia wins Sydney Peace Prize

Dr. Cynthia wins one of Australia's most prestigious awards, but is about to lose its government's support! The Mae Tao Clinic provides critical medical treatment to thousands with the help of Australian aid — but the government will not be continuing it's funding beyond December 2013. Email the Australian foreign minister here!

Dr. Cynthia: How foreign donors can bring peace to Myanmar

"We hope to see stronger partnerships between Yangon-based groups and border-based groups, working toward a common goal. So many people I know and have met over the last two years are very excited about going inside Burma and seeing the change for themselves. As people start to do that more, social networks will develop and people will make better connections. But those connections need to develop into partnerships in order to create real lasting change and deliver effective services."

— Dr. Cynthia Maung, Founder, the Mae Tao Clinic

CPI and Give2Asia: Partnering to prevent malaria and strengthen civil society

In response to the decades-long humanitarian situation and in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, how does Community Partners International bolster civil society development in Myanmar? Through meaningful partnerships. Our partnerships — with funders and program implementers — are built on:

CPI's local-global network: Building a healthy Burma

Our impact in Burma / Myanmar starts with our donors!  

CPI's Impact — the aerial view: 24 local partner organizations in Burma / Myanmar with enhanced health resources · 1000+ health workers with improved skills and equipment · 700,000 women, children and men with access to essential health services.

Separated by Borders, United by Need: An assessment of reproductive health on the Thailand-Burma border

A new report, "Separated by Borders, United by Need," by Ibis Reproductive Health and Global Health Access Program (GHAP) — the health branch of Community Partners International — documents a widespread public health emergency in populations affected by the decades-long conflict in eastern Burma / Myanmar.

Malaria Prevention: Singing for Community Health

The Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW) holds hundreds of community education events in eastern Burma's displaced and conflict-affected communities — where Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly kind of malaria, is endemic — to teach villagers about prevention and treatment. Click on the audio link below to hear KDHW's multi-talented health workers sing the song they wrote about the most effective way to combat malaria: prevent it from happening in the first place!

(Lyrics translated from Karen)

KDHW: Making Pregnancy and Childbirth Safer in Burma / Myanmar's Conflict Zones

MAE SOT, 17 October 2011 (IRIN) - In conflict-afflicted eastern Myanmar, until recently obstetric care was often crude, unsterile and dangerous for both mother and child, health experts say.

When labour pains began, traditional birth attendants routinely pushed the woman's stomach, sometimes injuring or killing the baby; others used sharp slivers of bamboo, which had been cleaned with charcoal, to cut the umbilical cord, leading to deadly infections.

Coming Together

Community Partners International emerged out of a trip through the villages of Burma/Myanmar, with the executive directors of Foundation for the People of Burma and the Global Health Access Program, and a donor for both organizations traveling together to visit local partners and program sites.

The trio quickly discovered synergy and a common vision: Over meals and dusty back roads, they shared experiences, their rich knowledge of the region and ideas for approaching the vast community and health needs in Burma/Myanmar.

Kelly McGonigle: Backpacks for Myanmar

In December, 16-year-old Kelly McGonigle and his family travelled to the Thailand-Burma border with four giant duffel bags containing a special delivery: Backpacks for medics who must carry supplies for miles through hazardous jungle terrain to provide, in most cases, the only health care services in Burma’s eastern border region. Kelly came up with the Backpacks for Burma idea for his final Eagle Scout project, collecting more than 175 used backpacks to benefit our local partners, the Karen Department of Health and Welfare, the Mae Tao Clinic and the Back Pack Health Workers Team.

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