In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis tore through Myanmar, causing an almost complete collapse of healthcare services in affected areas. In Dedaye Township, seated on a delta jutting into the Andaman Sea, all health facilities were destroyed. Relief International went to the Yangon and Ayeyarwaddy delta regions immediately after the cyclone to provide access to primary health care services and improve local health capacity for more than 200,000 people.
Today, RI continues to help Dedaye Township rebuild with an emphasis on maternal and child health, nutrition and reproductive health services.
Relief International has provided:
- Supplies to township health facilities
- Assistance for emergency obstetric and pediatric patients
- Revolving health funds to serve as local lending platforms
- Psychosocial support and mental health-related activities
- Training on health emergency preparedness and response