The communities living along the Irrawaddy River are poor, vulnerable to natural disasters and often live without electricity or modern communications.
As people move further away from urban centres and villages are no longer accessible by road, health care needs become very important. The medical infrastructure and local resources available are rudimentary or even non-existent.
In order to enable people living along the Irrawaddy River to have access to adequate health care, the Maurice Machoud Foundation acquired a pleasure boat and transformed it into a clinical boat. It was equipped with a consultation room, a pharmacy and spaces for minor surgery and dental care.
FXB Myanmar and the Maurice Machoud Foundation have established a partnership for the conduct and development of this program.
Throughout its stops along the river, FXB also trains women, girls, and adolescents in sexual and reproductive health through its UNFPA-supported “Girls First” program.