How to Stage a Medical Intervention in a War-Torn Country

It takes a lot of grit and compassion to want to stage a medical intervention in a war-torn country like Myanmar. Community Partners International has been doing it for nearly two decades. Here are a few things they’ve learned along the way.

Part 1 – Cyclone Nargis a Year Later: Understanding the Impact on Muslims in the Irrawaddy Delta

When Cyclone Nargis made landfall on May 2, 2008, it took the lives of nearly 150,000 people, left two to three million people homeless, and caused approximately ten billion dollars in damage. In the year since the storm, hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of supplies have come to the Irrawaddy Delta from foreign governments, NGOs, the UN, and other sources. There has been extensive media coverage of the storm but very little attention has been paid to one of the largest groups affected by the storm: the Muslims who constitute an estimated ten to fifteen percent of the victims of Cyclone Nargis.

A Day in the Cyclone Affected Area in Myanmar

This morning, we started off to Kungyangon, a region in the southern tip of Myanmar where Cyclone Nargis overturned trees, blew houses away, and killed people and animals last May. It took us three and a half hours to drive … Continued