Health Care

If you have a healthcare or medical background and seek to teach in camp, here are some of the most common medical issues, subjects that could be most helpful to teach at Mae Ra Moe.

  • Some of the most common problems can be solved with education.
  • Skin disorders (approx. 40%): scabies, ringworm, fungal, infected sores and infected wounds, Steatotic eczema.
  • See sample photo of skin disorder at bottom of this page
  • Education on basic wound care
  • How to ‘quarantine’ individuals with skin disease that are highly contagious like scabies – avoid sharing bedsheets, towels, clothes, and avoid excess physical contact until it resolves.
  • Cleaning and dressing of wounds.
  • How to keep wound clean after it’s dressed.
  • How to recognize when a wound is serious and needs medical attention.
  • Digestive problems: many residents have digestive problems due to lifestyle.
  • A lot of betel nut chewing and chronic spitting of saliva – that helps in digestion.
  • With a relative saliva deficiency from spitting, many get digestive problems.

 

  • Some kids and babies have very bad bronchitis/bronchiolitis.
  • Need good education about when a flu is serious.
  • One of the good techniques to teach local medics is how to recognize tachypnoea which is the first sign of respiratory distress.
  • Instruction on¬†how to count respiratory rate.

 

  • Headaches from eyesight problems and eye problems are common.
  • Need to teach eye care, how to avoid looking directly at the sun, wearing hats, eye relaxation techniques etc, wearing protection like shades while cooking with the wood fire and ashes… especially for kids.

 

  • Aches and pains from poor posture are also common.
  • Proper ways of lifting, carrying kids, etc. would be helpful. Ergonomics classes.

 

  • See photos below of the hospital environment, supported by the NGO Malteser Int’l.
  • It is pretty comprehensive including an Outpatient Department, Pharmacy, etc..
  • It’s possible you could find some resources from the hospital as well.