26 March 2020
According to 2014 census, Myanmar has 2,322,250 persons or 4.6 percent of its population living with some form of disability. More than a quarter of these populations with disabilities have multiple disabilities. This level of disability is relatively low compared with other countries in the region. But calculating at the household level, there are more than 1.7 million households or nearly 16 % if conventional households with at least one person living with a disability. Disability prevalence from 2014 census shows that walking difficulty is the second common sort of disability.
A corporative humanitarian project is providing with artificial limbs to about 300 disabled persons from Myanmar. The program was established by the Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment and the U Nu Daw Mya Yi Foundation with the support of Ministry of External Affairs of India. The 3rd edition of inaugural ceremony was launched on Saturday, at the Tripitaka Nikaya Nikae Monastery, South Dagon, and Yangon.
The ceremony was attended by a number of distinguished guests including the Ambassador of India to Myanmar, the Minister of Planning and Finance of Yangon Region Government, the Director General of Medical Research under the Ministry of Health and Sports, the Chairperson of U Nu Daw Mya Yi Foundation, the donors and the responsible persons.
H.E. Saurabh Kumar, Ambassador, Embassy of India in Myanmar “India and Myanmar have very close and friendly relations. Cooperation in humanitarian area is also very important. We have been doing several camps over thousand artificial limps that have been fitting for people who need it. The feedback is that those who have received the Jaipur Foot are benefited a lot from it. So this is the important part of cooperation and the objective of doing this is to take the benefits of Jaipur Foot to the people of Myanmar. ”
The Jaipur Foot and U Nu Daw Mya Yi Foundation have organized this program since three years ago. Over 330 disabled people for the 1st edition and over 500 disabled people for the 2nd edition of this program received artificial limbs. This year for the 3rd edition about 300 disabled people received the artificial limbs. According to chairperson of U Nu Daw Mya Yi Foundation, Daw Than Than Nu, the patients came from all various regions and states of Myanmar including Yangon, Ayeyawady, Bago, Magway, Kayin, Kayah, Shan, Kachin and Rakhine.
Daw, Than Than Nu, Chairpersons, U Nu Daw Mya Yi Foundation said “The Foundation was founded in 2015. Since then, our foundation is helping the difficulties of the local community in aspect of health, education and social affairs as much as we can. The Foundation was permitted to provide the artificial limbs to the disabled with the support of Jaipur Foot since three years ago. Within the three editions of this program, over 1,000 disabled people have received the artificial limbs. The program has no exception for the disabled patients in any religion and any races. We will carry on the program every year especially to come more children patients to the camp.”
BMVSS, which is the technical and implementing partners of the Jaipur Foot, has served more than 1.8 5 million people with disabilities in India and around the world. It has sent the required materials for the camp in Yangon together with a seven-member technical team.
Harpal Singh Rathore, City Officer, BMVSS “We are seven persons here. So all are the experts in this making process and they have experienced around 20 years, 25 years and 30 years. Here, we are 15 or 20 patients in a day around the campus.”
U Tint San, Patient “I lost my leg since 2015. Four months after my loss, I have started using the artificial limb. Last time I used the socket-fit limb. But in here, they used the rapid fit limb. For me, it is first time using this. But this rapid fit limb is really light and durable. And here are really quick. They just do one time for measurement then get the fit limb for me within a day.”