Thursday, June 5, 2008

Ministry relief en route to Myanmar

Myanmar-More than a month has passed since Cyclone Nargis ravaged Myanmar.The United Nations estimates more than one million people still haven't received help-medical or otherwise.While a team of Southeast Asian experts have gotten in Myanmar for an assessment, they're reporting it will be hard to find ways to deliver aid. Myanmar's junta authority claimed to have opened access in the Irrawaddy Delta, but the logistical problems facing the relief effort may reveal the real picture. Ministries from around the world have been scrambling to find ways to get around some of the government resistance to help.Some, like International Aid, have succeeded. International Aid's President and CEO Myles Fish says their shipment is in transit now and should arrive early next week."This shipment contains six medical clinics. The best way to describe what those include would be to picture everything that you'd have in a doctor's office: examining tables, scales, monitors, those kinds of things that are desperately needed to provide rudimentary health care services that this displaced population is in such dire need of."The medical equipment's first stop will be Bangkok, Thailand, where a faith-based NGO, Partners Relief and Development, will trans-ship and deploy the clinics inside Myanmar.That organization ( has worked since 1994 on behalf of displaced people in Myanmar and in neighboring countries.IA isn't stopping with restoration of the medical infrastructure. There's also a need for clean, potable water. The agency is raising funds to support the manufacture, shipment and implementation of 50,000 HyrdAid BioSand Water Filters to provide a long-term, safe water solution to the cyclone survivors.International Aid's Senior Advisor for Disaster Relief, Sonny Enriquez, has also been in Myanmar since May 30. He's been establishing distribution networks with local churches and faith-based Non-Government Organizations.Fish explains their approach."We found that supporting the local Christian movement that is in-country enables them to use our supplies to not only demonstrate the love of Christ, but then to build the kind of relationships that are necessary so that they get to the point where they can articulate their faith in Christ."
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