Retired farm-labourer U Maung Pain, 78, lives in Kywe Tae Village a few miles outside Sittwe, capital of Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state.
Every Friday he attends the Red Cross mobile health clinic which comes to his village each week as part of a programme helping communities impacted by cyclical violence and population movement.
“I come every week for a check-up and I find it really helpful. I have high blood pressure, but at the moment I also have a cough and recently I’ve been having trouble sleeping.
The doctor checked my blood pressure and gave me some medicine to help my blood pressure, for the cough and to help me sleep. She also gave me some multi-vitamins.
I have lived in this village my whole life. I used to be a farm-labourer but now I am retired, I rely on my daughter to look after me. She sells vegetables in the market.
When the clinic started I remember the community health worker coming round the village with a loud speaker announcing it. I thought I’d come and see what it was like, and I’ve been coming ever since.
If the Red Cross didn’t run this clinic I would have to go to the town hospital which is an hour away over bad roads, which would be too hard for me at my age.
This clinic has been great for me and for the whole village. The hospital is really expensive, but in this clinic care is free, it’s been a real benefit to everyone here.
I really want to thank the Red Cross and hope that the clinic is able to carry on in the future.”