BCMF Reports & Publications
2018 Kamma Wheelchair Mission Report
In the middle of October 2018, BCMF held a wheelchair fitting and training workshop in Kamma, Magway Division. During the three-day mission, BCMF fitted adults and children with wheelchairs and mobility carts, while training over 60 members of local charities to complete future wheelchair fittings. To read the full report, click on this link.
2018 Training of Trainers: Female and Male Reproductive Health and Rights Report
In July 2018, BCMF held a Training of Trainers workshop in a remote area of Karen State. Trainees from six different villages participated in the workshop and learned how to hold their own workshops on reproductive health and rights in the future. To read the full report, click on this link.
2018 Magway Mission Report
At the end of April 2018, BCMF held an eye screening mission on a small island in Magway Division. During the eye screening, BCMF also screened patients for our referral program, fitted three adults and two children with wheelchairs and held two workshops on reproductive health and rights for women and girls. To read the full report, click on this link.
2018 Female Reproductive Health and Rights Education Report
BCMF held three workshops on Reproductive Health and Rights with women and girls in a remote part of Karen State. After the workshops BCMF distributed reusable pads. To read the full report, click on this link.
2018 Medicine Delivery to Hlaingbwe and Myawaddy Townships Report
At the beginning of the year, BCMF delivered medical supplies to remote clinics in Karen State. To read the full report, click on this link.
2018 Laos Wheelchair Mission Report
Check out BCMF’s wheelchair fitting mission to Laos in February! To read the full report, click on this link.
2018 Mae Hong Son Mission Report
For several months BCMF worked together with Civil Health and Development Network (CHDN) in Burma to identify patients that were born with cleft lip, cleft palate and foot malformation in Karenni State, Burma. With financial support from Operation Smile Thailand, BCMF arranged the transport of 13 patients and 12 caregivers from their villages in Karenni State, to Srisangwan Hospital in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. There they received facial reconstruction surgery. Read the full report here.
2018 Htantabin Mission Report
Eye health in Burma continues to be a challenge for many living in rural areas. While ophthalmology clinics operate primarily in urban areas, many patients are unable to access or pay for eye glasses let alone eye surgeries. To further compound this problem, most organisations are not equipped to properly screen and provide eye glasses. To fill this gap, BCMF has continued to support patients in need by conducting eye screening mission in remote areas of Burma. During BCMF’s latest eye screening mission, BCMF returned to the area of Htantabin Township, Yangon Division, to screen patients for eye glasses and refer patients for eye surgery. BCMF also conducted a puberty and menstrual health workshop during the mission as well as a wheelchair fitting and training. Click here to read about our eye screening mission to Htantabin Township in January 2018!
2017 Htantabin Mission Report
In October 2017, BCMF travelled to Htantabin Township in Burma and held a four day long Eye Screening and Children’s Rights Training. The various activities were held in the Htantabin monastery who graciously hosted the BCMF delegation. This local cooperation ensured that participants felt safe seeking help from an out-of-country organization, and we screened 57% more people than our initial target goal called for. In addition, BCMF held various workshops on sexual and reproductive health, child rights and appropriate touch, as well as soap making and correct hand washing procedures. To read a full report, please click on 2017 Htantabin Mission Report.
2017 Stationery Project
One of BCMF’s ongoing projects is supporting 14 schools within the Ler Per Her area in Karen State, Burma. These schools have been severely affected by the decades-long civil war, and do not have enough resources to teach Karen students to their fullest potential. As most of the schools are deep in the jungle, BCMF crosses rivers and rutted paths to deliver stationery items on a regular basis. Last November, BCMF went to nine of these schools, as they were running out of school supplies. Would you like to know more about BCMF’s recent stationery project? Click here to find out more about our latest delivery!
2016 Quarterly Reports
2016 Half-Year Report (July-December)
This Half-Year Report details BCMF activities from July through December 2016–a busy and exciting time characterized by organizational expansion and continued capacity building in Burma. Highlights include the opening of a BCMF office in Hpa-An and the story of two medics who went to great lengths to attend a BCMF-led Eye Screening Training. To read more, please click here: BCMF Half-Year Report (July-December 2016)
2016 Quarterly Report (April-June)
The second quarter of 2016 was a period of transition and capacity building for Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). In April, BCMF and referral partner Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) jointly relocated to the new Mae Tao Clinic facility, adding to the seasonal decline in patient numbers expected during the wet season. BCMF’s initiatives in Thailand focused on organizational and staff professional development. And, in Burma, capacity building initiatives continued. To read more, please click here: Quarterly Report April to June 2016
2016 Quarterly Report (January-March)
The quarterly report from January-March 2016 exhibits the proactive changes that BCMF has been involved with during the time of change in Burma. While Burma opens up, BCMF has continually built and fortified partnerships to provide health care to patients in need of help, especially those in Eastern Burma. To read more, please click here: Quarterly Report January-March 2016
2015 Quarterly Reports
2015 Quarterly Report (October-December)
The quarterly report from October-December 2015 will look into our partnerships with two medical missions in Thailand as well as the expansion of our services into Burma. It will also feature about the activities that took place in Chiang Mai during the three-month period. To read more, please click here: Quarterly Report October-December 2015
2015 Quarterly Report (July-September)
This quarterly report, from July – September 2015 will explore some of the challenges that face our hydrocephalus patients and their carers. It also highlights BCMF staff bonding opportunity with Chiang Mai staff, read more here: Quarterly Report July – September 2015
2015 Quarterly Report (April-June)
The quarterly report from April – June 2015 will highlight art sessions for patients and care-givers at the patient house in Chiang Mai. It will also explore the expansion of BCMF’s disability services, in collaboration with Mae Tao Clinic and Wheelchairs for Kids, after receiving a donation of 160 wheelchairs. To read more, please click here: Quarterly Report April – June 2015
2015 Quarterly Report (January-March)
2017 Annual Report
BCMF had another successful year in 2017. BCMF continued to see an increase in patients from our referral services program. As BCMF forged new partnerships in Burma, BCMF was able to reach more people in need of care during outreach missions. BCMF also carried out eye screening and wheelchair training and fitting missions in new locations in Burma, in addition to continuing to support a clinic in Karen State with medical supplies and schools along the Thai-Burma border with stationary supplies. Click on this link to read full annual report.
2016 Annual Report
BCMF’s 2016 Annual Report presents our organisation’s achievements and challenges during our 10th year in action. While staff and volunteers celebrated this major milestone, 2016 also saw the expansion of programs from previous years as well as the development of new projects. As a result of the increasing demand of services in Burma, we made the decision to register as an official organisation.
In 2016, 345 new patients were referred to BCMF; over 75% of these patients continued to arrive from rural areas in Burma. To meet the challenges faced by poor healthcare services and infrastructures in Burma and to help increase patient referrals in remote communities, BCMF implemented an internship program enrolling staff from partner clinics and organisations.
Learn more here about BCMF’s 10th year in action, including our programs, projects and featured patient stories.
2015 Annual Report The BCMF 2015 Annual Report details the opportunities and challenges the BCMF team experienced in 2015. Again, BCMF experienced a significant increase in patient referrals and responded to an evolving and challenging work environment by seizing the opportunity to work with partner organisations in Burma, creating more points of access for both referral and treatment of patients. The report details stories from patients who received treatment in 2015, both in Burma and Thailand. Report highlights include: the expansion of our work into Burma in 2015 and the partners we are working with; our growing disability support services through our wheelchair project; activities in our BK Kee Chiang Mai Patient House; and profiles of BCMF patients who have undergone treatment and are now giving back to their community. Read the full report and the stories of our many inspiring patients here.
2014 Annual Report
The BCMF 2014 Annual Report details the work and the challenges of the past year. We enrolled a total of 295 patients, up from 261 in 2013 and saw an increase in the number of patients travelling from further inside Burma to the Thailand-Burma border for treatment. In order to better serve the people we aim to treat, BCMF implemented measures in 2014 to improve primary healthcare in areas that have long been neglected in Burma. Among other projects, BCMF commenced a pilot project in eastern Burma, providing support to a clinic that serves displaced people in Karen State. The risk of disease and death in eastern Burma remains substantially higher than in the country as a whole and is among the highest in Southeast Asia. Nearly half of our patients in 2014 claimed primary residence in eastern Burma, making it the ideal location to reach patients earlier in their illnesses. Read more in the BCMF 2014 Annual Report about the work we are doing, the patients we support and our plans for expanding services and programs to reach more patients inside Burma.
2013 Annual Report
For the year ending in December 2013, we reflect on the changes we have seen over the last year and what those changes mean for BCMF. In 2013, we enrolled a total of 261 patients, up from 189 in 2012. This represents a 38% increase in patient enrolment. The increase is largely imparted to sustained ceasefire in the Karen State, making it easier for patients to travel in search of treatment. BCMF have also seen a substantial increase in patients with complex diagnoses such as cardiac disease and cancer. In 2013, patients with cardiac disease represented 35% of our total caseload. Cancer patients have increased from 3 patients in 2012 to 17 patients in 2013. While cases needing complex medical treatment have increased, BCMF has also seen more patients needing treatment for more readily treatable conditions, such as kidney stones or enlarge prostrate. Read our 2013 Annual Report to find out more about BCMF patients’ conditions and the expected challenges for 2014.
2013 Evaluation Report
BCMF has recently completed its latest evaluation report discussing the program’s achievements, challenges, and lessons learned. The evaluation report also presents a number of performance indicators BCMF has established in order to track the program’s progress and determine the effectiveness of its work. These indicators allow BCMF to provide regular program progress information to donors, to make appropriate program decisions, and to collect sufficient information to enable BCMF to assess and report on project outcomes and impacts. BCMF 2012-2013_Evaluation Report
2012 Annual Report
BCMF is launching our 2012 Annual Report this week, and as we reflect on 2012 and the highlights and challenges that were, we also now look to 2013 and the challenges and achievements that the year has already brought, as well as the rest of the year ahead. In 2012, the number of patients treated was a major highlight for BCMF, and we were delighted to see the completion of treatment for two of our long-time patients Saw Pwel (pictured below) and Naut Naut (whose stories are highlighted in the report). BCMF again saw an increase in our caseload in 2012, with 189 patients registered on the program – up 17% from 2011 (162 patients) and 49% since 2010 (127 patients). We anticipate that in 2013 this increase will accelerate further, in part due to the increased mobility the changing political situation has given people in Burma – they can now travel with greater ease to the Thai-Burma border to seek treatment not available in Burma. Already in 2013 we have seen unprecedented numbers of patients registered in the program, 77 alone in the first quarter of 2013 (up from 41 in the last quarter of 2012). If this rate of intake is maintained BCMF is facing a most significant increase in our caseload and will need to meet these challenges in 2013 We look forward to the year ahead and the many highlights and challenges our work here at BCMF always entails. With the support of so many, both locally and internationally, we are confident we can meet the needs of our patients and the expected increased caseload for 2013. View the Burma Children Medical Fund Annual Report 2012 here For a hard copy of the report please contact [email protected]
Previous Quarterly Reports
2014 Quarterly Report (October-December)
The final quarter of 2014 saw BCMF continue to work with our partner organisations, Wheelchairs For Kids and Mae Tao Clinic in providing 40 wheelchairs for children in Thailand and Burma. A major highlight in this quarter was a trip to Rangoon and Hpa-an in Burma to conduct an initial capacity building and outreach pilot program that that will continue throughout 2015. To find out more about our work in Burma and the patients we have accepted this quarter, please read our latest quarterly report here: October – December 2014 BCMF Quarterly Report
2014 Quarterly Report (July-September)
This quarter has been a busy one for BCMF with increased cooperation with organisations and community health workers working inside Burma, working with medical missions in Thailand, and a very significant increase in patient intake in this quarter from last quarter. We have registered 75 new patients into the program (up from 51 patients in the last quarter). A highlight of this quarter occurred in August, when children’s charity Smile Train and our Thai partner, Umphang Hospital, coordinated a surgical mission specialising in cleft lip correction surgery. Read more about the Smile Train surgical mission and BCMF’s pilot project in Karen State, Burma here: July – September 2014 BCMF Quarterly Report
2014 Quarterly Report (April-June)
Half way through the 2014 program year, BCMF continues to strengthen our three programs (Burma Children Medical Fund, Burma Adult Medical Fund and Burma Women Medical Fund) while faced with new obstacles to fund complex medical treatments. Our major challenge in this period has been adapting to a change in funding arrangements with Child’s Dream Foundation – one of our biggest partner organizations – who will no longer provide treatments for patients with congenital musculoskeletal deformities and neurological conditions as of August 1, 2014. In 2013, roughly one-third of all BCMF patients referred to CDF sought medical care for these kinds of conditions. This loss of support will have a further impact on BCMF’s ability to meet medical demands along the Thailand-Burma border. The report can be found here: April – June 2014 Quarterly Report
2014 Quarterly Report (January-March)
As we begin 2014, change has been an overriding theme for BCMF. The past three months have brought changes in our staff, new funding challenges in a rapidly changing donor environment and a demand for a greater number of complex treatments, particularly cancer treatment. In response, our program is expanding in new ways to maximize our efficiency and our contribution to the population we treat. This quarterly report highlights three patients who have experienced particular difficulty accessing treatment in Burma as a result of their location and the lack of appropriate medical care near remote villages. These patients have all travelled to BCMF from areas that have been long neglected and are unlikely to reap the benefits of Burma’s limited health care developments in the near future. For these patients, BCMF continues to be one of the only options to receive complex medical treatment for otherwise life-threatening, or life-shortening conditions. The report can be found here: BCMF Quarterly Report January-March 2014
2013 Quarterly Report (October-December)
In this quarterly report, we reflect on the changes we have seen in the last 12 months and what those changes mean for BCMF. Most striking is that we have seen a marked increase in patient enrollment. In 2013, we enrolled a total of 261 patients, up from 189 in 2012. This represents a 38% increase in patient enrollment. We have also seen a significant increase in patients with complex diagnoses such as cardiac disease and cancer. The majority of those patients have first attempted to access treatment in Burma before coming to Thailand in search of medical care. The ceasefires in Karen State and increased freedom of movement have made it easier for patients to travel in order to get treatment. Treatment that was not previously accessible in Burma may now be within reach as it is easier for patients and their families to travel to hospitals in larger townships and cities. However, Burma still faces significant resource constraints in its health care system, including a lack of advanced medical equipment and a limited number of specialists—cardiologists, neurologists, and oncologists—even in the larger cities of Rangoon and Mandalay. For patients attempting to get treatment for complex medical conditions, this can mean traveling long distances in search of treatment as well as long waits once they reach their destination. For those patients that do travel to Rangoon or Mandalay in search of treatment, many find that they cannot afford the costs of needed surgery or advanced medical care once they arrive. The report can be found here: BCMF 2013 Quarterly Report (October-December)
2013 Quarterly Report (July-September)
In this quarterly report, we present a brief analysis of the current state of the health care system in Burma. The findings in this report are based on interviews with health care professionals working both on the Thai-Burma border and inside of Burma, site visits to towns and villages in Karen State and Mon State, interviews with refugees and displaced people living on both sides of the Thai-Burma border, and clinical interviews with Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) patients and their family members. The report also includes information on BCMF’s fundraising efforts for our new patient safe house in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In addition to funding patients’ medical treatment and providing support services, BCMF also provides patients with food and accommodation for as long as they are undergoing treatment. BCMF currently pays per patient for accommodation and food provided by a partner organization in Chiang Mai. However, given the significant and continuous increase in our patient caseload in recent years, our needs have expanded beyond what our partner organization is able to provide. BCMF has now reached a point where it is essential to establish a house exclusively for BCMF patients, allowing us to better serve our patients’ needs and stabilize our costs. Therefore, BCMF has launched a campaign to help raise $5,000 in funds in support of a portion of our start-up costs. For more information please visit our fundraising site sponsored by youcaring.
2013 Quarterly Report (April-June)
BCMF continues to be busy in the second quarter of 2013. We have enrolled 46 new patients into our program. Also in June, the Bangkok Post published an article written by two of our BCMF staff detailing the critical condition of the Burmese health care system. The article can be found here. The article demonstrates how our patients’ perspectives provide valuable insight into the challenges facing the Burmese healthcare system and illuminate many of the barriers still faced today by its citizens in need of medical care. Read our second quarterly report to find out more about our patients we have treated this quarter.
2013 Quarterly Report (January-March)
BCMF had a busy start to 2013 with patient registration into the program reaching unprecedented numbers. From January to March we enrolled 77 new patients into the program, up from 41 in the last quarter of 2012. We believe that the increase in patient enrollment is due in part to the increased freedom of movement that has occurred because of the recent political reforms in Burma. This increased freedom of movement has occurred both within Karen State and on the Thai-Burma border. Read our first quarterly report to find out more about patients we have treated and the expected challenges for 2013.