|Project||Construction of Thet Kel Pyin Rural Health Centre|
• To provide a rural health centre for Thet Kel Pyin and surrounding areas • To obtain the participation of the affected community • To strengthen the local health system
|Project Partners||Muslim Aid (UK), State Health Department, Ministry if Health (MOH), local community , state government and Min Lwin Construction|
The facilities at the health centre will include the following: • Emergency room • Delivery room • Out Patient Department • Referral to Sittwe General Hospital • Two units of staff quarters • Water tank with ground water supply
|Locations||Thet Kel Pyin Village, Sittwe, Rakhine State , Myanmar|
|Period||August 2013 to March 2014|
• As the community is very much aware of the project and willing to contribute by providing land at a minimum cost, villagers show the sense of ownership of the project by the local community • The orientation of the layout was also confirmed and agreed by both the MERCY Malaysia TECH Team member and the contractor • The land owner and the representative of the Rakhine State Health Department joined MERCY Malaysia to launch the construction on 17 August 2013 • Proper medical teams will be assigned by the State Health Department to serve the community in and around Thet Kel Pyin • The community will have access to basic health care such as primary health care services and maternity care including a proper delivery room managed by a trained midwife and also an immunisation programme • Referral services can be established with Sittwe General Hospital for emergency cases
Thet Kel Pyin is a town that is not directly affected by the conflict and provided easy access to surrounding areas where the number of displaced persons (IDPs) is ever increasing. Additionally, villagers staying around the area due to prolonged segregation had become displaced due to economic reasons.
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS
In October 2012, MERCY Malaysia sent an assessment team to visit Sittwe and Dr. Than Tun Aung, the State Health Director of Rakhine State Health Department offered MERCY Malaysia the opportunity to build a rural health centre in Thet Kel Pyin village. The majority Muslim community was not affected during the conflict. There are private taxis and a rickshaw providing public transportation for easy access to surrounding villages and IDP camps. There is a school in operation, unlike in other villages, where schools remain closed due to teachers being unwilling to enter the villages for security reasons.
The local Health Authority has identified the village for a rural health centre and offered MERCY Malaysia the construction of the project with the participation of the villagers who provided a piece of land at the edge of the town close to IDP camps. It is an ideal location for a proper well-planned rural health centre. MERCY Malaysia has constructed 13 health facilities including the Sub-rural Health Centre, Rural Health Centre, Station Hospital and Township Hospital in Cyclone Nargis-affected areas. MERCY Malaysia’s design of the Sub-rural Health Centre has been included in the national guideline of reconstruction for the health sector. This is a good opportunity to provide much needed infrastructure in one of the most underserved and underdeveloped states in Myanmar and provide long term impact in improving the health care system for the community.