Dec­o­rate your home for a good cause

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - RJ VOGT rj.vogt@mm­times.com

THE phrase thway thit means “new blood”, but for the founders of Bet­ter Burmese Health Care, it means much more – namely, the new gen­er­a­tion of young leader physi­cians.

On Novem­ber 19, the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion will host an art ex­hi­bi­tion and raf­fle to raise money for that new gen­er­a­tion, with pro­ceeds go­ing to di­rectly ben­e­fit BBHC and their sis­ter Thway Thit or­gan­i­sa­tion of lo­cal doc­tors in their ef­forts to pro­vide af­ford­able health­care to com­mu­ni­ties in need.

Ac­cord­ing to the group’s 2016 re­port, nearly 9000 pa­tient vis­its were recorded in 2015, all to clin­ics that BBHC has launched in a fight to bat­tle di­a­betes and hyper­ten­sion. BBHC also in­cor­po­rates group ed­u­ca­tion about proper diet, phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, mind­ful­ness and well-be­ing.

“Our aim is to em­power not only the physi­cians but also the pa­tients by help­ing them re­alise the need to take charge of their own health through our var­i­ous activities,” said BBHC founder Jalin Sama, a doc­tor in the US who stated the or­gan­i­sa­tion more than 10 years ago.

Along with her hus­band Robert Berg, Sama has cu­rated a se­lec­tion of art from tal­ented Myan­mar painters such as Zwe Yan Naing, Zaw Win Pe and Nay Aung Shu. Last year, the pair held a sim­i­lar fundraiser that prof­fered painted para­sols in­stead of tra­di­tional can­vas, but this year’s event will fea­ture more tra­di­tional pieces.

“Art on can­vas com­mands a high price, as para­sols are still con­sid­ered crafts and are not quite as durable,” Berg said, adding that pa­trons might also be en­ticed by an ex­ten­sive list of raf­fle prizes.

For K5000 per ticket, buy­ers could win the grand prize: one week in a Tus­can villa that ac­com­mo­dates up to 14 peo­ple in Tus­cany, Italy. Lesser prizes seem hardly less, in­clud­ing a hand­crafted guitar from lo­cal luthier Ko Cho; golf equip­ment; stays at ho­tels in Nga­pali and Ngwe Saung; mas­sages from lo­cal spas; and free din­ners at es­tab­lished Yan­gon restau­rants.

Each do­na­tion goes far in the world of Myan­mar health­care, where a month’s sup­ply of di­a­betes med­i­ca­tions costs just K10,000 and the daily salary of a se­nior BBHC doc­tor is K23,000.

“We need help from ev­ery­one for our suc­cess to con­tinue,” Sama said. “We want the Myan­mar com­mu­nity to be­lieve in our vi­sion as pas­sion­ately as we do.”

Other draws to the event in­clude live music and jug­gling. The ex­hi­bi­tion kicks off at 11am at the In­done­sia em­bassy’s Cul­tural Cen­ter, and more in­for­ma­tion can be found at the Art for Health Face­book page.

Photo: Sup­plied

This paint­ing, en­ti­tled “Trav­ellers” by Nay Aung Shu, is one of many on ex­hi­bi­tion at the In­done­sian em­bassy’s Cul­tural Cen­ter on Novem­ber 19. The ex­hi­bi­tion is a fundraiser for lo­cal non-profit Bet­ter Burmese Health Care.

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