Pandaw Clinics Emergency Appeal

The situation in Myanmar has now broken down and shootings and other acts of violence by the military proliferate on the streets, not just of big cities, but every town and village in the country.

The Pandaw Clinics medical teams are actively providing medical aid to injured people in the Middle Burma towns and villages in which we operate. Our doctors are out with the demonstrators and ready to assist and have attended victims of gunshot wounds, many being teenagers.

Last Thursday, in the rural village of Myaing near Pakokku ten youngsters were shot dead by army snipers and a further eighty injured. Our team is there now and we are financially assisting the families of the fallen, most of whom are very poor. This is what is going on in villages, towns and cities across the country.

We have opened our seven clinics to offer medical assistance to all striking government workers at a time when government medical facilities have closed. We believe we are well placed with a long established non-governmental healthcare network to assist at this time.

We need all the help we can get and please donate now to buy urgently needed medical supplies. By doing this you can show your support for the Myanmar people’s struggle to regain freedom and democracy.

The Pandaw Clinics were set up in the wake of Cyclone Nargis in 2008 and the seven clinics treat 5,000 patients a month providing medication without charge. Since inception over 500,000 free treatments have been given.

All this is paid for by the generosity of Pandaw passengers.

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"I have been engaged with Burma for forty years and Burma has given me much. The Pandaw Charity is a way to give something back to Burma. It is also a way by which our passengers can say thank you to Burma for so many enriching experiences."

Paul Strachan, Founder of Pandaw Cruises

Supporting education and healthcare in Burma

The Pandaw Charity was established following Cyclone Nargis in 2008 when the Pandaw ships, converted to floating hospitals, and their crews saved so many lives. Since then over twelve schools have been built and we operate six Pandaw Clinics in middle Burma which provide an average of 5,000 free treatments a month with full-time team of twenty medics, paramedic and pharmacists. This is entirely sponsored by donations from Pandaw passengers and a profit share from Pandaw River Expeditions. In 2017 we were excited to open a new seventh central clinic to which patients could be referred to for analysis and further treatments.

Education

We have raised money to build twelve schools either on remote river islands or in villages too distant from towns to send children to school there. On Thiri Island, which lies in the Irrawaddy south of Pagan, we have built three primary schools and one high school bringing a complete education to the island children.

Healthcare

We opened our first Pandaw Free Clinic at Gantgar Village in 2009. Almost immediately it was overrun with patients, many travelling long distances for treatment. We now operate seven clinics in the villages around Pagan and treat over 5,000 patients a month with a full time team of twenty, which includes of doctors, paramedics, pharmacists and support staff. Since 2009 we have delivered over half a million free treatments.

The Pandaw Charity is run by Pandaw employees on a pro bono basis. Donations go to the field, not to offices. Pandaw has made a remarkable difference to these rural communities over the past ten years.

Past projects have included: the Pandaw House for 50 female Nargis orphans at the Hpondawoo Monastery in Mandalay donated by Brian and Vardie Pringle; the Pandaw Wing at the U Hla Tun Hospice, Mandalay; the Pandaw Clinic Barge which was five years in the Delta after Nargis.

If you are interested to donate a clinic, school or orphanage building please contact us and we would be happy to discuss this with you. With considerable expertise on the ground in Burma, we can rapidly facilitate such projects and manage their development for our donors. Corporate or individual donors may find such larger projects of interest.

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The Pandaw Clinics is an NGO registered with the government in Myanmar (no 5/Nyaung Oo / 003). The trustees are all members of the local community in the Bagan - Nyaung U area who are entirely responsible for the clinic's management. Pandaw Cruises, its passengers and friends have supported the work of the clinics since inception also. We also receive support from Myanmar donors. Donations will be forwarded to the trustees by Pandaw Cruises acting pro bono as agent for the onward remittance of these monies.

There are no administration costs and the management of the clinics is entirely on a pro bono basis by the trustees and their helpers. The full time doctors and paramedics are paid fixed salaries and donations go towards these, the purchase of pharmaceuticals, diagnostic equipment and the maintenance of the clinic structures. None of the Pandaw Clinics trustees, helpers or employees are connected with the military. The organisation receives no assistance from the military nor does it any way financially contribute to the military government.

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