New project in Chin State, Myanmar
Having worked with the charity Health and Hope at their clinic in the remote town of Lailenpi during February 2019, Dr Nick journeyed there again in March this year to see for himself the progress being made in developing a primary care service for the area. He was kept very busy in the clinic but also managed to find time to do some teaching sessions with the nursing staff and the Area Health Co-ordinators who supervise the village community health workers throughout the State.
During his visit Dr Nick forged links with a new charity called The Waymaker Trust who, like Health and Hope, also work to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions amongst the Mara community. Covid permitting Guernsey Aid is hoping to support a project to renovate and re-equip the run-down school building in the Mara village of Lung Cawi close to the border with India.
The Lake Clinic in Cambodia
In January Dr Nick spent the month working with TLC out on the Tonle Sap Lake and handed over sufficient funds from Guernsey to cover the cost of buying and fitting 10 biosand water filters.
One afternoon in the floating village of Stung Chrouv he helped the TLC outreach nurses to install a filter at the floating home of a large extended family where it will provide an ongoing supply of clean water not just for them but also for the other families living nearby.
The heavy bags of gravel and sand that are needed to provide the filtration have to be transported across the lake on the clinic boat alongside the medical equipment and before they can be used they have to be repeatedly and painstakingly rinsed clean. The main beneficiaries of the filters are the village children for whom a reduction in worms and water-borne diseases like gastroenteritis greatly improves their nutritional status and growth rate.
The Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh
After their visit to the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh in early February Dr Nick and Claudine had an article published in the Guernsey Press and launched an appeal for funds to help the emergency health post in Camp 15 where they had spent time with the dedicated team of local doctors and nurses. The focus within the camp is as much on preventing the spread of disease as it is on treating it particularly for infections like cholera, measles and now Covid. At Easter the money raised was sent directly to the camp to purchase vital medical supplies and personal protective equipment.