Myanmar is particularly vulnerable to disasters and is regularly exposed to cyclones, floods and earthquakes. The country’s main cities of Mandalay, Sagaing, Naypyidaw, and Yangon are also located on the active Sagaing fault line which potentially would render all urban areas vulnerable to the repercussions of this natural disaster. In 2015, heavy monsoon rains and Cyclone Komen triggered the largest floods in the country’s history, affecting more than 20 million people, including 1.6 million who were displaced.
The purpose of the training has been to support the Mandalay and Yangon General Hospitals’ Mass Casualty Management Plans. The teams conducting the training have been experienced in both pre-hospital planning and emergency department major incident medical management and support and were therefore well placed to provide guidance to test the systems developed by the emergency.
I was absolutely thrilled to be selected to go to Myanmar providing technical support in Disaster Preparedness and Mass Casualty management planning. I am glad that there is no age limit to join UK-Med. And so there I was starting another personal journey, something that I wanted to do for a very long time but children got in the way of fulfilling my passion.