Construction of Thet Kel Pyin Rural Health Centre

Project Construction of Thet Kel Pyin Rural Health Centre

• To provide primary health care services to the affected population. • To reduce health morbidity and mortality of the affected community. • To strengthen the health surveillance system. • To provide healthcare referrals of seriously ill patients.

Project Partners -

Negotiation with health authorities to obtain a site for the construction of the health centre • Development of design and approval of the health centre • Engaging with contractors • Progress monitoring and reporting • Completion and final inspection

Locations Thet Kel Pyin Village, Sittwe Rakhine, Myanmar
Period August 2013 to March 2014

The following facilities were built: • Emergency room • Delivery room • Out Patient Department • Referral to Sittwe General Hospital • Two units of staff quarters • Water tank with ground water supply


Rakhine State is one of the least developed parts of Myanmar and is characterized by high population density, malnutrition, poverty and natural hazards. The conflict in Rakhine State which started in early June 2012 and again in October 2012 that was followed by a series of protests and riots have caused displacement of the affected population, loss of lives and livelihoods. By August 2013, it was estimated that more than 176,000 people are in need of assistance and out of 140,000 IDPs only 79,000 had been relocated. There are about 95,372 IDPs in Sitttwe, an increase of 35% from last year. Although new resettlement villages had been built, there is still a lack of health facility in both health infrastructure and medical professionals. 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 were displaced due to economic reasons.


In October 2012, MERCY Malaysia sent an assessment team to visit Sittwe together with Dr. Than Tun Aung, the State Health Director of Rakhine State Health Department . The outcome of this partnership and assessment has enabled MERCY Malaysia to build a rural health centre in Thet Kel Pyin village. The majority Muslim community was not affected during the conflict. There were private taxis and rickshaws providing public transportation for easy access to surrounding villages and IDP camps. There is a school in operation, unlike other villages, where schools remain closed as teachers were unwilling to enter the villages for security reasons. The local Health Authority identified the village for the development of a rural health centre and offered MERCY Malaysia with the opportunity of taking on the construction of the project – enabling participation of the villagers who had provided a piece of land at the edge of the town close to IDP camps. It is an ideal location for a 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 the Cyclone Nargisaffected areas. MERCY Malaysia’s design of the Sub-rural Health Centre has been included in the national guideline of reconstruction of health centres.