Construction of Dar Paing Emergency Hospital

Project Construction of Dar Paing Emergency Hospital

• To provide a hospital for Muslim IDP in an accessible location outside Sittwe town • To strengthen the health system for the affected Muslim community

Project Partners Muslim Aid UK, State Health Department, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Health Organisation (WHO), state government

Dar Paing Emergency Hospital has the following facilities: • 6 beds each for male and female wards • Operation theatre • Delivery room • Outpatient Department • Referral to Sittwe General Hospital for emergency cases • 5 staff quarters • 4 latrines including one inside the delivery room • Water tank with ground water supply • Generator for electricity supply • Equipments and furniture supply

Locations Dar Paing Village, Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar
Period June 2013 until October 2013

• 70,000 beneficiaries from 12,000 families benefited from this project • Between May and September, the emergency hospital has treated more than 18,000 outpatients and admitted 55 patients (average of 100 patients daily) • A senior health assistant, nurse and midwife are in charge 24/7 • An Outpatient Department run by a local NGO, Myanmar Resource Foundation. • Medical doctor assigned by MoH is available daily • Provides the only baby delivery room available for the Muslim community • Provides first-line treatment for emergency cases before the patient is transferred to Sittwe General Hospital • Serves as a pick up point to transfer patients to Sittwe General Hospital for outpatient cases that need further treatment and emergency cases


Dar Paing Emergency Hospital was previously a rural health centre. It was upgraded into an emergency hospital following influx of Muslim IDPs in the areas. The State Government started the construction to expand the facilities but could not complete it due to lack of funding. A medical team was already serving the area’s RHC and additional staff will be assigned to strengthen the capacity. The Muslim populations in the area now has safer access to hospital facilities whereas previously they could only seek such services in Sittwe General Hospital and faced further hardships:
• Their movement to Sittwe town is highly restricted with security checkpoints and strict curfews.
• They face the risk of attack from conflicting communities once they are outside their assigned areas and IDP camps;
• Limited bed allocation at Sittwe General Hospital, with the wards heavily guarded by hospital security;
• Non-availability of halal food for consumption in Sittwe town


With MERCY Malaysia efforts, an outpatient department run by a local NGO, the Myanmar Resource Foundation was established. A medical doctor assigned by the Ministry of Health (MoH) is now serving at the hospital daily. A baby delivery room – the only one thus far – was provided for the Muslim community. Additionally, first-line treatment for emergency cases prior to transfer to Sittwe general hospital, was provided. The completion of staff quarters enables the assigned medical staff to be in the same compound and this enables the hospital to be open at all times including arrangements for ambulance services by ICRC for emergency cases requiring transfers to Sittwe General Hospital.

The availability of midwives and delivery rooms provide safer child birth for the Muslim communities there. More than 100 patients seek medical treatment daily at Dar Paing Emergency Hospital. Up to September 2013, the hospital has treated more than 18,000 patients and admitted 55 patients.