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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 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 and providing medical and dental care to people in need.

The ship reaches out to the poorest people in the region. On FUTURA, patients receive treatment, medication and, if necessary, referrals to other hospitals for further medical examinations or operations. The permanent medical team of Swimming Doctors has 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, the Swimming Doctors team was accompanied by visiting volunteer professionals from Germany, Mrs. Potthoff, Dr.Potthoff and Dr.Buhtz, . They assisted in treating over 1,200 general patients and more than 400 dental patients. The team also conducted on-the-job training for the medical team in their respective specialties, assisted in diagnosis, therapy and embodied standard operating procedures, consolidated hygienic standards and helped to improve documentation.

Swimming Doctors also visited a village school, giving students medical and dental exams and treating students with possible diseases or health problems on the FUTURA.

Swimming Doctors looks forward to continuing its work in Myanmar and creating 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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