Phaung Daw Oo provides free basic medical care to its students, faculty, and to people who need it. In addition PDO has been a partner in several innovative medical care programs that provide care, improve general health knowledge, and treat and prevent diseases.
The School Clinic at PDO is open to everybody who needs care. No patient seeking care is charged for medical services. The clinic was founded in 2003 by the German NGO Foerdervererein Myanmar, which has continued to finance its operations. The clinic serves patients from the neighborhood, Mandalay and from greater distances, often more than one hundred patients per day. Ten doctors work in our clinic: five general practitioners, two eye specialists, two dentists and a paediatrician. They are assisted by fifteen nurses. Special consultation hours for our novices, monks, and students are held by our dedicated nurses.
Our medical staff is supported by western doctors who conduct major campaigns. Recently, for example, two Australian eye specialists tested the eyesight of about 500 patients. Defunct, untreated eyes are common in Myanmar. A prominent Swiss dentist examined the teeth of most of our school children in a single session. Our own doctors also perform eye operations and treat bad teeth on a regular basis. The school clinic works in close co-operation with the Burnet Institute and the 3D-project. Moreover, the clinic provides ART and other opportunistic infection treatment for people with HIV, made possible by funding from the Three Diseases Funding of Myanmar, under the Phaung Daw Oo Health Promoting Project (PHPP and also know as Javika). The three targeted diseases are malaria, Tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS.
The Phaung Daw Oo Health Promoting Program (PHPP) has been working in co-operation with the Burnet Institute. The program was started in 2004 as the only school-based program for HIV/AIDS prevention. At that time, PHPP targeted Grade 1-10 students and covered HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and life skill knowledge. Three years later, the program expanded into a Home Based Care Program directed towards residents of the neighboring Patyeingyi Township. This program targeted People Living with HIV/AIDS. After two years of operation, the Home Based Care Program implemented a Care and Support program (including ART treatment) in partnership with the Burnet Institute, with funding from the Three Diseases Project.
In addition, the PDO Clinic provdes Psychosocial Support Activities for orphans and vulnerable children and promotes an Adolescents Reproductive Health program, in which more than 180 Peer Educators have been trained.
The Anatana Metta, led by monks under the Buddhist Leadership Initiative, was a project initiated as a fight against HIV/AIDS. In Myanmar, the influence of Buddhist monks is very strong; when HIV/AIDS issues are discussed, people listen to the monks. First, the project staff provided HIV awareness. Secondly, they analyzed the local situation, helped by monks. Thirdly, the project staff asked the monks to spread Buddhist knowledge (dhama) to reduce stigma and discrimination within the community against people with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses. All the project activities were supported by UNICEF.
Three Diseases Project
The Three Diseases Project is supported by the Three Diseases Funding of Myanmar. It started in January 2009 and will end in December 2011. It is a three-year project taking place at PDO High School. which is know n as "Javika" in Phaung Daw Oo. Here,the project provides prevention, care and support for Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS at the Patheingyi township in Mandalay.
There are 12 staff members working on the project to reduce the transmission, spread and mortality of these three diseases. Health promoters and volunteers from villages work together on this project.
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