In the past year, we’ve been visiting most settlements in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, and none of them have adequate medical facilities.
Some villages in the area have a nurse and we’ve started to supply them with what they need most. But we want to do more. We're no aid workers or doctors, but we are keen to help. That is why we are launching the Sailing Clinic.
Here is the idea: Starting in winter 2014, we invite doctors, nurses and medical workers to sail to a range of settlements in the Mergui Archipelago, where they will treat patients, bring supplies, teach and evaluate. To make this mission possible and effective, we need the support of those with aid experience or medical expertise.
There are many questions we have to discuss: What type of medical help is most needed, possible and provides lasting help? Which permissions do we need? What kind of insurance? What kind of equipment do we need to bring? Where can we find doctors who might be willing to join?
We would like to start an open discussion about this topic. Send us an email with your ideas. Post questions or answers on our Facebook page or in the comments below. Or click here if you would like to donate or be part of the team. Here's the link to our designated page: www.burmaboating.com/sailingclinic