The Leprosy Mission Canada supports the Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH) Integrated Rehabilitation Service and the MIRANDA project in Myanmar.
The MCLH Integrated Rehabilitation Service is designed to provide people with leprosy in southern Myanmar with prompt, affordable, and effective physical and socio-economic rehabilitation, in order to increase their self-dignity and improve their quality of life. Rehabilitation is provided in the local community through capacity building of persons affected by leprosy, community workers, health workers and community leaders. The beneficiaries of this project include over 1500 people affected by leprosy and their families, including about 150 leprosy patients who receive reconstructive surgery each year.
MIRANDA stands for Myanmar Integrated Rehabilitation And Non Discriminatory Access. This project aims to improve the health status, quality of life and community participation of people who are disadvantaged by disability in 7 states and divisions with high leprosy prevalence in Myanmar. This is done through educational, physical and socio-economic rehabilitation, health promotion, and provision of mobility aids like wheelchairs and crutches.
MIRANDA works through an already existing network of Disability Resource Centres in Myanmar. This network is able to assist 1000 people with disabilities in 100 communities to have improved mobility, accessibility and the opportunity to be able to participate in the social and economic life of their community. MIRANDA’s community based approach raises awareness of disability issues, which in turn breaks down many of the barriers that people with disabilities experience when trying to become active members of their community.
- Mawlamyine is the capital city of Mon Stat, one of the fourteen states in Myanmar
- Mon Stat has around 4 million inhabitants
- Myanmar’s population is 52 million people, most of whom live in rural areas
- The adult literacy rate is around 60% for males and 65% for females
- The average daily income is less than $1 USD a day
- Buddhism is the dominant religion, followed by Christianity and Islam
- About 80,000 to 90,000 people suffer from disabilities due to leprosy, mostly related to functional loss to the eyes, hands and feet
- There are over 100 new cases of leprosy diagnosed each year in Mon Stat
- MIRANDA provides mobility aids to over 250 people each year
Photos from around the Hospital
Photos from the Hospital's Lab, Outpatient, Ward Areas
Photos from the Disability Resource Centre