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Title: Toungoo Interview: Naw A---January 2015
Date of publication: 15 October 2015
Description/subject: "This Interview, with Naw A---, describes events and issues occurring in Thandaunggyi Township, Toungoo District, reported to KHRG in January 2015, including land confiscation, education, healthcare, and development projects... Villagers heard that a company is coming to the area to implement a development project for which they will confiscate land in B--- village, as well as in nearby villages. The villagers submitted a complaint letter to the township administrators stating their objection to the project, as they were afraid that their lands for which they do not have land grants will be confiscated... Students are receiving a poor education as school teachers are often absent, as they frequently leave the village to visit their homes, which can take up to two weeks per trip. Further to this, some of them have expressed that they do not want to teach at all... As there is no health clinic in B--- village, villagers must travel to Toungoo Town for medicine or treatment whenever they are sick."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: pdf (165K)
Alternate URLs: http://khrg.org/sites/default/files/15-14-a4-i1_0.pdf
Date of entry/update: 21 October 2015

Title: Revitalization and Development of Karen Traditional Medicine for Sustainable Refugee Health Services at the Thai–Burma Border
Date of publication: 2012
Description/subject: "The Burmese regime’s protracted violent conflict with its ethnic minorities has resulted in 2 million migrants and refugees settling across the border in Thailand. In addition there are an estimated 600,000 internally displaced people in border regions within Burma. For many, conventional health services are limited or unavailable. This article reports on the use, preservation, and practice of traditional Karen medicine among refugees and migrants along the Thai–Burma border. Traditional health practitioners are adapting their practices to meet refugee and migrants’ changing needs, creating options for sustainable community-based health services..."
Author/creator: Gerard Bodeker and Cora Neumann
Language: English
Source/publisher: Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Format/size: pdf (312K-reduced version; 553K-original)
Date of entry/update: 21 October 2015

Title: Story of a Jungle Medic and Ethnic Health Director: Saw Win Kyaw
Description/subject: "Saw Win Kyaw is a 42-year-old Buddhist Karen man who was born and grew up in Hpa-an Township. Taking to the streets in the 8888 uprising, 17-year-old Saw Win Kyaw and thousands of other students were forced to flee to the jungle after the military took over power. Saw Win Kyaw trained as a medic and in 1995, helped to establish a bamboo hut clinic in the war-torn jungles of northern Karen State. He ran the clinic for over a decade, delivering babies in emergency conditions with no experience, amputating more than 150 limbs with extremely limited equipment, and training hundreds of others in an attempt to promote a community-based health system in an area where health services were completely destroyed. From Burmese army attacks to the threat of landmines and malaria, for Saw Win Kyaw and other jungle medics, these are nothing but ‘normal conditions’. In 1998, Saw Win Kyaw joined the Back Pack team and soon after became the field-in-charge for Papun area. He is now the director of the organisation and manages over 300 health workers across rural ethnic areas in Burma. In 2012, Saw Win Kyaw received an international award, the Van Heuven Goedhart Award, for his merits as a special health worker. This story depicts his life and experiences in the jungle and beyond. What was it like to perform an amputation for the first time? What were the main challenges and difficulties he and his team faced in the jungle? How did he get to where he is today and what are the current challenges cross-border aid workers are facing in changing Burma? This is his story."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Link
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 21 March 2016