Myanmar: World Vision remembered our medicine
Thursday, May 22, 2008
In the midst of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis, a dedicated community volunteer continued to deliver lifesaving medicines to a family affected by tuberculosis.
Even as World Vision was reaching survivors of Cyclone Nargis last week with food, shelter and clean drinking water, another important assessment was taking place. How had one of Asia’s largest disasters affected World Vision’s existing development work in Yangon and the Ayeyarwaddy Delta?
Some sectors of World Vision’s work were established enough to continue in the aftermath, something for which forty-three-year-old U Tun is very grateful.
"Daw San didn't forget to give my children and me the TB medicines, even in the rain," says U Tun.
He and his two children, a girl and a boy, have all been taking TB medicine for the past few months as part of a TB reduction and awareness program supported by World Vision.
World Vision volunteer Daw San made sure that the course they are taking was not breached because she knew it was vital that they took the medicine continuously.
U Tun realizes that too and is grateful for the help he is receiving from World Vision.
He recalls the night the storm raged. "I was sitting the whole night in the rain, with my arms around my children. I also had to hold up our sagging roof all night long for fear that it would crush my children."
"When I heard people running, I joined them, and ran towards the religious center. There were lots of people in the rush."
Daw San found the family at the shelter. "She did not let the disaster stop her," says U Tun, with a smile on his gaunt face. "She came to give me and my children our TB medicines. Because of her, my family can take our medicines continuously."
U Tun has already been able to return to his hut and repair some of the damage Cyclone Nargis caused. His six-year-old daughter and two-year-old son play happily nearby. Like others in the village, this family received a tarpaulin for a new roof.
"I've mended the roof myself. Thanks to World Vision, I am most happy that my children and I could be back at home together," says U Tun.
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