KT Care Foundation joins SAP Social Sabbatical for Regional Engagement Program

KT Care Foundation is excited to welcome 3 delegates from the SAP Social Sabbatical pro bono volunteering program from 16-27 October 2017. The delegates, from the countries of Thailand, Singapore and Philippines will help to update KT Care’s 5 year strategic plan and vision for 2020.

In partnership with PYXERA Global, the SAP Social Sabbatical program is an award-winning CSR portfolio designed to both leverage and develop talent at SAP and help mission-driven organizations; where highly diverse teams of SAP employees solve strategic challenges of non-profits and social enterprises focused on bridging the digital divide.

SAP SE (“Systems, Applications & Products in Data Processing” Societas Europaea-in Latin) is a German multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. SAP is headquartered in Walldorf, Baden-Wurttemberg; with regional offices in 130 countries. The company has over 335,000 customers in over 180 countries.

KT Care Foundation is looking forward to welcoming the SAP delegates and working with them to benefit from their skills and experience.

A Chance can Change a Life

In August, KT Care Foundation successfully offered surgeries to 18 cleft lip and palate patients from Ayeyarwaddy Region, Kayar State, Mandalay Region, Naypyitaw, Thahton, Pegu, Mawlamyine, Magway Townships. The patients are from the families of low socio-economic status across various regions of the country comprising 11 kids and 7 adults. Mya Hnin Hmwe from Danuphyu Township is 27 years old and suffering from cleft lip/palate and her family earns income as seasonal workers. As a consequence of the cleft lip and palate, she has difficulties in many ways while eating and speaking; including spitting out of food from her mouth and unclear verbal communication.Ma Mya Hnin Hmwe

The patient’s father, U Than Hmwe, said “We didn’t dare to think about this treatment. KT Care Foundation gives us that chance. I feel pleased as punch about it.’’

Ma Mya Hnin Mhwe said ‘I feel shame about it. But I can’t afford treatment. Now I’m very glad. After my treatment, I’ll return to my home and make a career with sewing. Sewing is my hobby and though I’m not expert in it I’ll try that happily for my future.

The patient’s facial features improved after the surgery by a talented team of medical surgeons and now her post-operative conviction is stable. In the future, she can live her life with full of confidence and improved abilities which will provide more opportunities and motivation for her livelihood and enable her to contribute to her family as well.

In August, KT Care Foundation in partnership with New Look-New Life Organization accomplished 18 successful operations of cleft lip and palate like Ma Mya Hnin Hmwe’s.

Mg Maw Shae: An orphan with a brighter future

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Mg Maw Shae, 4 years old, is from a small village near Chaung Thar Beach. He was orphaned at the age of 10 months and  left with his grandmother. Since then, he has not been receiving constant care as his aging grandmother can not take care of him.

 The Kyae Zuu Daw organization has since adopted him. At 10 months of age, he was the youngest child among 38 orphans. There was a concern due to his cleft palate which prevented his learning to talk. In 2016 March, KT Care received an inquiry from Kyaw Zuu Taw organization whether cleft palate surgery support would be possible for Maw Shae, who is unable speak and sing clearly like other children.

For those with cleft lip and cleft palate, air escapes out of the nose when they speak and there is less tissue on the roof of the mouth for the tongue to touch. This creates difficulties in speaking and correct pronunciation. As a child who lives in the Christian orphanage, his guardian couldn’t afford the medical expenses for his surgery. However, KT Care has provided life-changing surgery for his cleft palate and also supported additional charges including transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

In the year following his surgery, Maw Shae has become healthy and plays among the other children now. We asked how his life has changed and his guardian replied, “He has become a very brainy one. And can speak and sing songs well like a famous singer. That’s why we’re very happy hearing his clear voice even though we’re not his parent”. “Now, he is learning in the KG class at primary school together with his classmates. If he hadn’t received support from KT Care last year, he would still be suffering the consequences of cleft palate, stigmatized by peers and not learning well in the KG class as he is now,” says his guardian.

Action Aid says women factory workers in Yangon still need health care

Action Aid Myanmar has exposed the condition of women workers in Yangon through the Safe Audit Report which was conducted in 10 factories in Yangon Division. One of the research findings is that the health care system in factories still needs to improve. Though there are clinics in factories the services offered are varied. In some factories, medicines and skilled nurses are inadequate, some clinics have one blood pressure monitor and only alcohol for small injures.

According to a case study in the report, one helper in the factory who doesn’t have any medical knowledge gave the wrong medicine to an sick worker. The research recommends to establish health and safety committees in factories and ensure that workers are provided with education and training concerning their rights and also highlights the status of women factory workers in Myanmar in accessing health care and safety in workplaces. In Myanmar, there are approximately 440 garment factories with around 300,000 workers and most of them are women.

Ref: Safety Audit on Women Garment Factory Workers in Yangon by Action Aid

 

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“Without KT Care’s help, my daughter could not pronounce English words correctly”

Learning to speak English is a part of Myanmar education, where every student has to learn English from pre-elementary school. But there are many students who can’t speak and pronounce English well. For students with cleft lip and cleft palate it is even worse. It is common for students who are born with a cleft lip and palate to have speech problems at some time in their learning lives. According to an estimate based on records from the Central Women’s Hospital in Yangon, between 6,000 and 8,000 children in Myanmar are born with cleft lip and cleft palate every year.

Khine Zin Htun from Ngapudaw Township is 8 years old and her family earns income as seasonal workers. Although she passed grade two, she still faces many difficulties in her schooling due to being born with cleft lip and cleft palate. “When she pronounces English words, the words are really unclear. I worry about her future education with her cleft lip and palate”, said her father U Cho Cho Lin.  Khine Zin Htun’s father is worried about her future education as other students will have much more skill with English as she gets older.

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For those with cleft lip and cleft palate, air escapes out of the nose when they speak and there is less tissue on the roof of the mouth for the tongue to touch, so this creates difficulties in speaking and correct pronunciation. However, KT Care Foundation changed the life of Khine Zin Htun and improved her chances for better education by enabling her to have surgery to correct these difficulties. Through his local network, U Cho Cho inquired about cleft lip and palate surgery for his daughter and he was directed to KT Care Foundation for potential support. As a seasonal worker he couldn’t afford the medical expenses for her surgery, however KT Care provided the cleft lip and palate surgery free of charge through it’s partner organization “New Look, New Life” and also supported additional expenses including transportation, accommodation and meal costs during the duration of the trip to Yangon.

U Cho Cho is very thankful to the KT Care Foundation for helping his daughter’s cleft lip and cleft palate.  “I will train my daughter to improve her English pronunciation.Without KT Care’s help, my daughter could not pronounce English words correctly”, said her Father.

 

KT Care answers U Kyi Khine’s cry

U Kyi Khine, the trishaw driver from Thanlyan, has been ill for two months as suffering a small wound and could not work well. He tried to cure it in other small private clinics. Finally, he heard about of KT Care from his mentor and arrived at KT Care office. And he plea for help and KT Care answered his cry by aiding with a small grant. “Thank you so much for the grant. With this money, I will be able to afford my medicines and solve our family’s hunger for the meantime”, he said.

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Tin Zar Htet’s internship

My name is Tin Zar Htet and I just started my internship here at KT care on the 28Th April 2017. I attended ILBC till high school and went on to attending Connect Institute which is a two year US program which offers an Associate Degree.

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I chose this organization for my internship as I believe the mentors here will teach me new skills and provide me withexperiences that I cannot get elsewhere.

I was deeply inspired by the humanitarian work that is run here which has led me to join this organization. Moreover, I am truly grateful for the chance to be part of the KT Care team. In return I promise that I will make my stay as meaningful and try my best to be a useful member for the organization.

Scientists develop steroid eye drop cataracts melt away

Scientists in California have discovered that the naturally occurring steroid lanosterol is able to melt away cataracts and prevent them from returning when administered to patients via eye drops. If this is approved for human use, compound would be available as a non-invasive treatment for individuals with moderate forms of cataracts.

Scientists first became aware of lanosterol cataract-blocking abilities by observing two children in China who had a hereditary form of the condition. Upon closer examination, it became clear that the children shared a mutation that blocked the production of the steroid lanosterol, Science Alert reported. Their parents lacked this mutation and as a result never went on to develop cataracts. From this observation, the team proposed that the steroid must play a role in the formation of cataracts.
Eye Drop That Can Melt Away Cataracts

In a series of experiments outlined in a study now published in Nature, the team tested lanosterol on donated human lenses and live rabbits and dogs. Results repeatedly showed that lanosterol was able to significantly shrink cataract size.

Cataracts develop when protein in the lens builds up and prevents light from getting through. Although the condition can be hereditary, such as in the case of the Chinese siblings, it is more often likely to develop at an older age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide and the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. Currently, the only treatment available for cataracts is surgically removing the clouded lens from the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens.

Although it’s not entirely clear how lanosterol is working, the researchers believe that the steroid prevents the proteins from building up. According to Tech Times, if the drops prove to also work on humans, they could offer a non-invasive treatment for individuals with mild to moderate cataracts and serve as a way to prevent the condition from ever returning. While cataract surgery is relatively easy and safe, the drops would serve as an easier alternative for the 50 million Americans estimated to be afflicted by the condition by the year 2050.

Despite not yet being tested on humans, the study is already causing excitement. Jonathan King, a molecular biologist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told Armitage that the study is the strongest of its kind that he’s seen in decades.

“They discovered the phenomena and then followed with all of the experiments that you should do — that’s as biologically relevant as you can get,” King explained.

via http://www.worldofhealthandwellness.com

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50 students in Leshi gain greater awareness of personal hygiene and sanitation

KT Care’s small grants programme targets the most disadvantaged people including: women, children, orphans, the poor, the elderly, the sick and the disabled. The grants are channeled through local organizations such as charities, community based organizations, schools (public and monastic), group homes (for the aged and orphanages) and religious centers (such as pagodas or churches).

Leshi Township is a mountainous township located within Sagaing Region, Myanmar and also part of the Naga Self-Administered Zone. According to media agencies, Leshi Township has been suffering from periodic food shortages, a lack of vaccinations, a lack of health workers and dispensaries, a lack of medicine and medical equipment and a lack of overall general health knowledge.

‘There are 300 households in our village and most of villagers have very few health knowledge because they are not use to or accessible to read health knowledge books. So, their children are living in endanger health conditions”, U Galarset, General Secretary of Dynamic Brethren Health CSO, from Phontayat village said.

As a part of addressing the lack of health education in the community, KT Care provided the support to organize the health education training and 50 children gained greater personal hygiene and sanitation knowledge.

“We have organized health awareness raising training for 50 children on 24 and 25 April. They got aware of hand washing, living in healthy environment and other health knowledge”, he said.

KT Care’s small Grants Programme are diverse and include food, clothing, supplies, equipment, infrastructure repair and maintenance, education, capacity-building, medical supplies, hospital expenses. Community based organizations or individuals who meet criteria of small grants may contact to KT Care Foundation via info@ktcare.org or 951 527522 and +951 527516.

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