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Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar is the poorest country in Southeast Asia.

A "closed" country for nearly 50 years, Myanmar is ranked 149 of 187 for Human Development. Many of its independent years have been marred by one of the world's longest-running civil wars. With a long-neglected health system, there are many gaps in basic care.

Infants & Mothers

Myanmar has high maternal mortality rates (250 per 100,000 births) and high under-5 mortality (66 per 1000 births).

Over 30% of children under 5 are underweight, with a high incidence of many preventable diseases: TB, diarrhea and malaria.

Deadly Traffic

In 2012, there were 9,339 traffic accidents in Myanmar, resulting in 15,720 injuries and over 2,500 deaths. These numbers represent an almost 100 percent increase in fatalities since 2005.

A new, 4-lane highway to Nay Pyi Taw opened in 2009. While this may seem like a development, the lack of adequate ambulatory services has deadly implications. The highway has caused a sharp increase in high speed accidents, resulting in many more deaths.

Did you know?

Myanmar has one of the widest income gaps in the world.

Enabling Emergency Services

The country's first responders are not well-equipped or well-trained to handle accident-related trauma. The need for capable ambulances has existed for many years, but only recently have the citizens had enough freedom and discretionary income to pursue this development.

Medical Teams International is developing an EMS training project in Myanmar, the first of its kind. The project will address the deadly gaps in emergency response, providing an initial training to a select group of locals who will then provide future trainings.

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