A WCWB-MCA charity operations change lives March 2019
Myanmar – Hpa An, Karen State
The third free medical operations mission this season arranged by Myanmar Chefs Association – WCWB Myanmar and German Plastic Surgery Drs after a successful Sittwe – Rakhine mission, a short Bago mission and now the big team of German Munich / Wiesbaden Interplast for Hpa An general Hospital in Karen State. The Idea of the local was picked up when some 6 month ago a central Myanmar organization failed to arrange patients for plastic surgery to Hpa An and the than foreign Dr team managed by this central Myanmar organization had to depart without doing their valuable work. Soon after this patients arrived,– which motivated me to look into this and start a professional preparation with as much as possible local key players and aid organizations as well Social societies.
Hpa An in Karen State still not a smooth and always peaceful region, fragile with many different groups looking for their interests. So Ma Khet Khet Secretary of MCA went twice to Hpa An and arrange meetings with all different parties and got the full support in the interest of all people, societies regardless of race and religions that such a medical free operation mission would be successful.
Near 100 operations with most patients had burns , as well tumors, cleft lips and pallets. Many heavy – several hours operations involved the full strength of the German & Myanmar specialist Drs ( Dr Win Tun, Dr Heinz, Dr Nuri and Dr Khin Mg Lwin all from the first of professionals and partners between Myanmar & German plastic surgery for over 21 years now ).
Several special cases were brought from different parts of Myanmar by MCA-WCWB due to the very special Drs at the team, as Mg Hla Gyi from Sittwe – Rakhine, since 2014 with us, first got a mouth, 2015 lips, 2016 a correction and since waiting for a Nose. As he was a 1 year kid due to a water born infection lost half of his face and lived since as the Health system in Myanmar still fails to support people as Mg Hla Kyi. This year as the past three we hoped and arranged for Mg Hla Kyi s nose to be possible – Dr Nuri Alamuti, Dr Heinz Schoeneich and Ass Dr Katharina arranged in a 4 hours operation the next step,- build up for the next 2 operations to come soon.
The young Lady from Taungyi Shan state which was burn at all body not able to walk had her hand and arm operated with a view to operate also her legs at a next mission – to let her walk again on her own feet,- as twice already done by Dr Heinz Schoeneich – the mission leader in Kawthaung & Ngapali Beach. A gas bottle exploded in her Kitchen when she was cooking.
The small boy which also totally burnt his right had near Ngapali Beach in South Rakhine all travelled with us to Hpa An from Yangon for the operations,– the small boys mother happened to be the niece of ret. Christian Sister Josephine which 10 years ago helped us to arrange patients from S Rakhine – and shows the small world sustainable aid can work in — the Boy already seen after two weeks said when he say his had first without bandage:” …. ohhhh now I can play the pencil and can write with my hand … ” he said and cried for happiness…
Many burns with kids which was a bit of a surprise to see so many kids – and let us wonder why so many children had burnt hands, legs and feet s………
Mrs Khet Khet & Sandar Kyaw arranged food donations for the chefs at the Monastery cooking for all patients and followers,— Dr Nuri and Dr Paul handed over a 2,5 million Kyat donation of new Air Conditions & Suction Machine for the Hpa An – ENT ward and Operation Theatre. A Donation by Dr Schoeneich & Interplast Muinich.
The Hpa An volunteer group and several RESCUE organizations shuttled the patients in cars and wheel chairs, and stood by all days. With the OP theater staff great motivated and happy to learn from Myanmar & German specialist Drs on very special cases.
For the next Season already several charity missions are agreed on with MCA – WCWB and German Interplast as:
– October / November 2019 at Kawthaung South Myanmar
– November 2019 Ngapali Beach – South Rakhine
– December 2019 Kayin Kyaung / Delta
– January 2020 Sittwe – specialist Thyroid Team
– February 2020 Monywa – Sagain Region
– March 2020 Loikaw // Kayah State
Arrangements for all teams started already now by MCA / World Chefs Without Borders, Myanmar office with files running for each team, Union Health Ministry permit and agreements with State Governments and the Hospitals, than all legal papers for the International Dr to achieve the legal and much needed Temporary Myanmar Dr License.
We like to thank the Union Ministry of Health , as well very much the MS of Hpa An Hospital and all the ENT Drs and ward for the best hospitality and any time ready to work together for the patients.
On the way back to Yangon with Drs and patients on board – we all stopped over at the holy Golden Rock which was specially for the patients from as far as Rakhine a special trip as usually now able to travel that far.
Thank you German Interplast Drs and Nurses team , Dr Heinz Schoeneich & Dr Nuri Alamuti for the new 21 years partnership for medial – live changing missions to over 5000 patients free of charge and some millions of $ US donations on medical instruments and specialist training of Myanmar medical staff to Germany.
Oliver E Soe Thet
President Myanmar Chefs Association
Global Board , World Chefs Without Borders