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Support for Swimming Doctors mission to Myanmar

The Emirates Airline Foundation supported the latest mission of German organisation Swimming Doctors (Stiftunglife) to provide medical and dental care to over 1,600 people in need in Myanmar. Flights from Germany to Yangon for the mission’s volunteer paediatrician, midwife and dentist were made possible thanks to Skywards Miles donated by Emirates customers.

Swimming Doctors is a non-profit organisation operating a hospital ship, the FUTURA, under agreement with local authorities in the Delta of the Ayeyarwady River. The ship visits eight villages on a monthly route staying for up to three days in every village providing medical and dental care to people in need.

The ship reaches out to the poorest people of the region living in extremely basic conditions. On the FUTURA, patients can receive treatment, medication and, if necessary, can be sent to other hospitals to undergo further medical examinations or operations. Swimming Doctors´ permanent medical team is formed by Burmese professionals, including two general practitioners, three nurses, two dentists and two dental assistants. They are supported by experienced German doctors who fly to work as volunteers for 7-23 days at a time.

During their latest mission Swimming Doctors were accompanied by volunteer professionals Mrs. Potthoff, Dr. Potthoff and Dr. Buhtz visiting from Germany, who assisted in treating over 1,200 general patients and more than 400 dental patients. The team also conducted training on the job for the medical team in their respective specialties, assisted in diagnosis and therapy and embodied standard operating procedures, consolidated hygienic standards and helped to improve the state of documentation.

Swimming Doctors also visited a village school, providing the students with medical and dental examinations and treating students with possible diseases or health problems in the following days on the FUTURA.

Swimming Doctors look forward to continuing their work in Myanmar to provide greater access to healthcare for people in need. If you would like to support missions like this one by donating Miles to the Emirates Airline Foundation, log in to your Emirates Skywards account to get started.

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