It's been two months since the Sailing Clinic's first mission and we haven't shared our photos yet. We also want to take this opportunity to thank all donors, supporters and volunteers - without you this would not have been possible!
We just launched a crowdfunding campaign in partnership with Trevolta to support the Sailing Clinic's first mission scheduled for late April. The goal is to raise USD 20,500 for logistics, legal fees and medical supplies.
A team of local and foreign doctors will be joining the mission to assess the situation on the islands and to find out how we can help. We will keep you updated right here.
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It's been a while since we last wrote about launching the Sailing Clinic in the Mergui Archipelago. We developed the idea when villagers on the islands kept asking our crew members for medical support and supplies. We thought, why don't we invite professionals to come and see what can be done to help. The response has been amazing and many doctors, nurses and pharmacists have since contacted us to offer their support.
We soon realised that the project had grown beyond what we could handle ourselves, and so we started looking for someone way more capable than us for support. We're now proud to announce that Eva Lupprian has joined our team as the Sailing Clinic's new project manager. She will be in charge of putting the first mission together, which is currently scheduled for late April. She will coordinate logistics and communication with the medical experts. And she will keep you updated right here.
The main goal will be to start with a mixed group of medical workers form different backgrounds to assess the need of the island communities and to gather information for future missions which will hopefully take place at least every 6 months.
You can reach Eva at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get in touch if you want to say hi or to share any ideas and thoughts.
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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