- WHY CARE ABOUT BURMA?
- WHO WE ARE
Our mission is to work with local partners to improve health and education, led by and for the people of Burma/Myanmar.
Partnership with local organizations is the core of our work: We listen to local leaders and through training and mentoring, we build local capacity to serve communities where mothers, children and families are deprived of essential health services. Our long-term partnerships develop the trust and experience vital to positive lasting change, and our extensive network encompasses diverse ethnicities, religions and languages.
After decades of isolation and devastating repression, Burma is undergoing extraordinary and heartening change. Yet there is continuing community strife, deep poverty and a lack of health care for the vast majority.
Community Partners International strongly affirms our deep commitment to the universal humanitarian principles of impartiality and independence, and the right to life with dignity regardless of race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.
Because of Burma’s long – and still unresolved ‑ history of civil conflict, CPI also urges the region’s adherence to the principles of medical neutrality and the Geneva conventions, calling for the distinction between combatants and non-combatants, and non-refoulement — the protection of refugees from being returned to places where their lives or freedoms could be threatened.
For the people of Burma, CPI’s vision is that all communities, families and people have fair and open access to the supports, systems and resources needed to thrive, and to meet the World Health Organization’s definition of “health”: A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Our goal is to be a recognized and trusted leader in expanding access to quality services for local communities, and for generating the resources, capacity, coordination and information necessary for our partners and the people of Burma to meet their own health, learning and community needs.
CPI is uniquely positioned to achieve this goal: For 14 years we have provided training, mentoring and technical resources to local leaders and organizations in remote, conflict-affected and underserved communities so they can design, manage and monitor their own high quality health programs.
We focus on evidence-based public health and clinical care initiatives through innovative training and partnership with local health clinics, backpack medics and village-based health workers. Using a train-the-trainers model, we have partnered with more than 60 community-based organizations on infectious disease, reproductive health, trauma care, health systems strengthening, childhood immunizations and child nutrition.
Our partners now offer access to safe births, malaria control, public health education, and other key services for more than one million women, children and men in Burma who would otherwise go without. In addition to improving quality of life at home, together with our partners, we generate scientifically rigorous documentation to inform and influence public health policy globally and locally.
No matter what the project, we focus on building the capacity of community leaders to assess their own needs and resources; manage, monitor and evaluate their own projects; and seek and exchange skills and resources with others. We believe this model promotes independence, strengthens communities from within and provides a unique local-global platform to develop long-term civil society in Burma.
We believe that healthy families build strong communities. Our support of community-based public health and clinical care in Burma and along its borders reaches more than one million people — many of them displaced and living in unstable conflict-affected zones with no other health care available.
We focus on evidence-based public health and clinical care initiatives through innovative training and partnership with local health clinics, backpack medics and village-based health workers. Using a train-the-trainers model, we have partnered with more than 60 community-based organizations on malaria, tuberculosis, filariasis (elephantiasis), reproductive health, trauma care, health systems strengthening, childhood immunizations and child nutrition in a country where 1 in 3 children are malnourished.
Through our health branch, the Global Health Access Program, we provide training, technical support and resources to help our partners implement a broad array of initiatives, including clean births and emergency obstetric care for mothers living in remote villages; malaria screening, treatment and prevention for villagers living in a country with the second highest number of malaria deaths in Southeast Asia; trauma management in a country with one of the highest number of landmine injuries and deaths in the world; Vitamin A distribution to prevent blindness and help children survive and thrive; health systems strengthening to improve community-based infrastructure and assessment of health needs and services.