The Covid-19 virus is gradually spreading in Burma. There is hardly any reliable information available, the official figures seem unrealistic and beautified.
There is a great danger that the Covid-19 epidemic will spread uncontrolled – and initially undetected – to the rural areas of the ethnic states. These areas are also areas of conflict in which struggles between the Burmese army and the ethnic armies flare up again and again, and in which increasing air raids and artillery attacks on the civilian population have been taking place recently. This particularly affects the areas of Arakan State, Chin State, Kachin State and Shan State.
International aid and help from large organizations go through the official channels of the Burmese government and, in the case of ethnic states such as the Shan State and above all its rural areas, through the Burmese military. Under the guise of crisis aid, the latter then tries to penetrate further into the ethnic areas and to promote their control and militarization.
Our aid therefore focuses on these ethnic areas – in accordance with our focus of work – in the Shan State and on the Thai-Burmese border. Numerous local groups and civil organizations are currently trying to organize epidemic prevention, education of the population and the identification of infected people.
We work with the clinic in Loi Tai Leng and the RCSS Health Department. Loi Tai Leng is located on the Burma side of the Thai/Burma border. The area is under control of the Shan Administration RCSS (Restoration Council of the Shan State). From there, teams of health workers are sent to the villages in the region.
We were informed of the urgent need for supply for this work:
- Test kits for the detection of corona virus infections
- Protective clothing for doctors and clinic staff
- Disinfectants of various types (for hands, surfaces, …)
- Latex gloves
- Contact-less Clinical Thermometers
- Face masks and material for the production of face masks
So far, we could not procure test kits and protective clothing in Thailand. Also, many kinds of test kits on the market seem to be not reliable and will not be especially useful for determining infections.
With our first shipment we have already delivered:
- Ethyl Alcohol 99% and Ethyl Alcohol solution for disinfection purposes
- Hand Gel disinfectant
- Latex hand gloves
- 8 digital infrared contact-less thermometers
Of course, much more is needed. But the modern contact-less thermometers will already be a great help for the work of the healthcare teams organized by RCSS.
Next week our friends from the German group ‘Between Borders’ will step in and we will send a second delivery.
If you want to support the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Shan State and help the courageous healthcare workers there, please contact us by sending a message through the contact form or by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org