Sailing Clinic To Bring Medical Care To Myanmar’s Lost Islands
Published: Monday, 30 March 2015
Yacht charter operator Burma Boating is launching a crowdfunding campaign to help set up medical care in Myanmar’s remote Mergui Archipelago. The 800 islands in the country’s far south have little infrastructure, for some islands visiting yachts are the only connection to the outside world.
“We had the idea a few months ago, as the residents on the islands often asked us to bring medical supplies,” says Captain Herbert Mayrhauser. “That’s why we founded the Sailing Clinic.”
The Sailing Clinic plans to start with two missions a year, visiting islands with insufficient medical infrastructure.
Each mission will consist of foreign and Myanmar doctors who volunteer and join the clinic for at least one week. The company has launched a crowdfunding campaign to organise funds the same way it found the volunteers – by asking for help.
Donors have a chance to win a sailing trip aboard one of Burma Boating's classic sailing yachts.
The first mission is scheduled for late April 2015.
The Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar’s south remains one of the planet’s most unspoilt destinations. The 800 islands only recently opened to foreign visitors.
The native inhabitants of the Mergui Archipelago are the Moken, a people who live off, and on, the sea. Sometimes called "sea-gypsies", this ethnic minority group leads a traditional, semi-nomadic lifestyle, dominated by diving for sea cucumbers, fishing and bartering.