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Alumni Myanmar Institutes of Medicine Association (AMIMA) Races Time to Help Cyclone Victims

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 General News J E 4
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PHILADELPHIA, May 11 As the global community observes thedestructive aftermath of the world's second most deadly cyclone of all timeand the associated mounting frustration over getting humanitarian aid forcyclone victims, the Alumni Myanmar Institutes of Medicine Association (AMIMA)has been proactive-and more importantly, successful-in initiating medical careat the low lying delta area of Myanmar where 100,000 people are assumed dead.AMIMA has funded the traveling medical team led by Dr. U Hla Myint, a reveredProfessor of Medicine and the Chairman of the Myanmar Medical Council (MMC), alocal well-respected non-governmental organization. The mobile medical teamhas an existing network of Myanmar physicians throughout the rural, deltaregion as well as in remote villages whose access is restricted to nativeBurmese. Combined with the fundraising efforts of AMIMA, this emergencymedical team has already made significant strides towards disaster reliefwhile aid through other organizations continues to experience problems and hasbeen slow to trickle down.

As Myanmar is a primarily rural and heavily impoverished nation, there isno water and electricity in many areas; communicable diseases will threatenthe affected population, including typhoid, dysentery, cholera, Denguehemorrhagic fever and malaria. The number of deaths are predicted to reach anepic 1.5 million as the few resources that existed have been decimated.

This established, mobile medical team provides medical care, clean waterand food to prevent infectious diseases and is additionally providingpsychological counseling. Foreseeable needs include: medicines, emergencyhealth kits and water sanitation supplies. Dr. Kyi Minn, a regional advisorfor World Vision, a global humanitarian organization dedicated to working withchildren, families, and their communities assists Professor U Hla Myint'steam. Many physician members of AMIMA from the USA, UK and Asia are already inMyanmar to assist the mobile medical team.

AMIMA requests financial contributions only and promise 100% delivery.Unlike other international relief organizations, as native physicians, AMIMAdoes not have problems importing into and obtaining medical and other suppliesin the country. We need financial support for our collaborative efforts withour partners in finding and recruiting personnel, obtaining supplies,warehouse space and potential routes for transporting equipment and cargo intothe country. Our member Burmese physicians are presently saving lives asother organizations continue to face the challenges of successfully deployingaid and resources into the country. The teams of doctors that we are donatingtowards have been doing similar trips to affected areas on behalf of Denguehemorrhagic fever for a few years and so for them these trips can happen in nodifferent manner.

We also need funds for the post-disaster programs which include measuresto enhance the capacity of local partners to leave behind a viablereconstruction plan in place.

Please donate by writing checks paid to AMIMA. In the memo section, pleasespecify: Cyclone Relief Fund. Please mail these checks to:AMIMA P.O BOX 30157 ELKINS PARK, PA 19027-0157 Thank you! Jennifer Chu, M.D. President, Alumni Myanmar Institutes of Medicine (AMIMA) http://www.amima.net/projects4

SOURCE Alumni Myanmar Institutes of Medicine
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