Jhoe Khar Prout Clinic Project

| Myanmar | Status: Construction In Progress

The project is located in Jhoe Khar Prout, a village in a township called Ye near the Thai-Myanmar border.  ‘Jhoe’ or ‘Jo’ means river, ‘Khar Prout’ is the name of a local tree. There are about 140 households, with a total population of about 650 people. They are considered Internal Displaced Person (IDP), a term used by the United Nations to refer to people who have fled their homes but not their country, for one reason or another.

Most of the people work in farms while others find work outside their village, particularly in Thailand. Due to a lack of infrastructure, transportation is limited. There is access to the village only in the dry season. During the rainy season, the villagers use boats to get around.  There is also no internet and telephone coverage, and electricity is largely from small solar panels.

 

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An urgent need in the village is a new clinic, a medical centre that can cope with a growing need within the community as well as 3 other nearby villages with a population of  about 1,350, a good portion of which are young children. The current clinic, a wooden structure built more than 20 years ago, is in a state of disrepair. The villagers, via the Mon National Health Committee (MNHC) has reached out to WeCreate Studio in 2018 for assistance.

 

In response to the Mon Community’s request for assistance, a new clinic called the Jhoe Khar Prout Community Clinic, to replace the existing dilapidated one in the village was proposed. The new structure will have 10 In-patients department (IPD) beds, 2 Out-patient department (OPD) beds for examination and consultations as well as a store for vaccines, which the previous facility did not have. Soil erosion, which has affected the existing clinic badly, will be kept at bay with retaining walls & higher foundations.

The construction of the clinic will involve partnership with community authorities and a design emphasis on materials and environmental sustainability.

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Image credits : Ronny Matzat (DSGNK)