Myanmar-Cambridge partnership for strengthened trauma care
Myanmar has some of the world's most dangerous roads.
Trauma is a major killer of adults in Myanmar, with most trauma injuries caused by road traffic accidents. We are working in partnership with Yangon General Hospital, Myanmar and are collaborating with local partners to support improvements in trauma patient care. We work across trauma departments including pathology and trauma and orthopaedics.
Our trauma project is 20 months into a 28-month programme which has been funded by the UK Government's Health Partnership Scheme. Through our project we have delivered secondary trauma training to doctors, advanced trauma care training to nurses and training to improve quality control to pathologists and laboratory technicians. To ensure the sustainability of training, our volunteers have been training local faculty to deliver the training courses. Our volunteers and local faculty have co-delivered training to around 500 local healthcare professionals.
Developing a Clinical Skills Unit
University Medicine 1 in Yangon is one of Myanmar's leading medical institutions, however trainee doctors did not have the opportunity to practice clinical skills prior to treating patients. Clinical skills training plays a vital role in the education of student doctors and nurses, to address this shortfall in training, we have been collaborating with University Medicine 1 and Brighter Futures Foundation to support the establishment of a clinical skills laboratory.
We have established a clinical skills laboratory, which will provide medical students and junior doctors with the opportunity to initially practice clinical techniques on simulators in a safe environment, without affecting the quality of patient care. The skills laboratory will support the building of a firm foundation for the next generation of Yangon General Hospital clinicians to practice best clinical care.
We are currently collaborating with University Medicine 1 to train educators in the use of simulators and medical manikins as well as working to develop a new curriculum for medical students, which will incorporate clinical skills training.
“We welcome Addenbrooke’s Abroad to Myanmar and also thank for their contribution and support to our healthcare system. We are really appreciative of what Cambridge clinicians are able to offer our own health professionals as we strive and invest to ensure safer and better care for all patients in our country. We hope that the friendship between Ministry of Health, Myanmar and Cambridge will continue to thrive for our mutual benefit and understanding, to uplift the health status of the people living in Myanmar.” Prof Pe Thet Khin, Minister of Health, Myanmar 2014