In 2019, we returned to Mandalay, Myanmar for a second reiteration of the project.
This year, we were given the privilege of spending at least 2 days in each location
This allowed us to further build on the relationships which we formed with some of the villages in the previous year
It also allowed us to spend more time for education. To try to instill better lifestyle habits and choices
This was our experience and journey.
Meet The Team
We begin our journey to Myanmar with our flight to Mandalay, transiting through Yangon. We arrived in the evening and so that gave us some time to re-pack and re-charge before we start the Project.
Tai Zhang Yong
Having been here last year as well, we were very glad to have been able to meet familiar faces in a familiar environment. This year, having had more time with them, we focused more on oral hygiene and lifestyle modifications since we believe that prevention is better than cure.
We spent half an hour every morning to go through teeth brushing with adults and children alike. We provided the skills and equipment to the villagers in the pursuit of overall hygiene.
DAY 2 & 3
DAY 4 & 5
On days 4 and 5, we went to Kalaw, another village which we visited last year. Likewise, we focused greatly on personal oral hygiene and lifestyle changes. Encouraging the cessation of smoking, alcohol and unhealthy foods.
It was encouraging especially to see one of the children whom we saw last year with a severe asthmatic attack. This year, she was much better and was telling us about how she was going for regular checkups for her asthma.
On our last days of work, we travelled for the first time to Sagar. In this village, although people had relatively better access to healthcare, there were still many patients complaining of acute symptoms like cough, vertigo or poorly controlled hypertension.
Needless to say, we also promoted oral and hand hygiene to everyone with no exception, from children to the elderly.
DAY 6 & 7
This year, we were fortunate enough to revisit two of the places we went to last year. It was extremely gratifying to see an improvement not only in the way people are managing their health conditions but also, in oral hygiene after the introduction of health education.
We truly believe that education about disease prevention and lifestyle modification is one of the most important changes we can make in these people's lives because knowledge will often prevail when medications do not.