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Doctor SaSa


America om Chin/Zomi te taw thu son khawm tu in Dr. SaSa USA hong pai aa, Chin Community USA te ii vaihawmna taw Maryland sung hotel khat ah, August 25, 2012 nitak, thu sonna nei hi. Tua thu sonna ah Chin/Zomi pawlpi tuatuam ahi CBMC, CBC, SBMC, Mara pawlpi tuatuam, Zotung pawlpi tuatuam te le Zomi innkuan pan pai tek hi. Dr. Sasa in nai khat le lang sung bang thu son hi. Amenia University pan doctor degress a nga theina thu le, a final year distinction 3 taw a zawna thu son hi. Sum nei ngawl, haksatna tam mama himakale, Europe ngam University lian khat pan doctor degree a nga dong a hanciamna te le, doctor a sua zawk ciang zong Chin state sung a zawng te, a cimaw te atu na a sep kik valeng nop te hang in, tua University professor te, a saangpatang pui te le, Europe sung mihing pil ulian tam mama te ii zaatakna a nga khamtungmi khat hi. Abosa kum 3 hun kiim lai in England kumpinu Queen Elizabeh taw aki muna thu a sonna khat pan Dr. SaSa ka mu phit le ka zaak phit belna hi.

Ama thu atom in son tu hi leang, Khamtungmi khat hi aa, Armania ngam ah syavuan pilna sin khat hi. A khan khiatna khuano ah highschool om ngawl ahikom, kum 13 a phak ciang, pilna sin tu in Yangon pai suk hi. Yangon ah a hu tu, a panpui tu meal heak nei meal ngawl ahikom haksa mama hikale, kum 2 lai sin in om kenkon hi. 1997 ciang high school man ahihang college theampo kikhaak ahikom Khamtung ciato hi. Khua athet ciang volunteer taw saang sya seam aa, cina te a hi thei babang bawl in, nau suak tu Nu te hu in nursing nasep zong a heakza seam hi.

1999 ciang a khua pui te in anei susun sum teng khon in India ah Medical college ka sak uh hi. Lai pil ahikom India pan Armenia ngam ah syavuan sin tu in pai aa, 2009 kum ciang syavuan suak hi.

Ama taangthu le, a nasepna thupi kisa ahikom UK ngam pan Inspired Individuals group te in a website ah ama thu koi aa, anuai a bang in ki sim thei hi.

Dr. SaSa ii website a en nuam le hiak ah ki en thei hi.

Dr SaSa studied medicine with the goal of establishing a community-wide primary health care system amongst the Chin people, in Burma.

He established a primary health care training centre and has trained over 300 community health care workers from 150 villages. This is the first time these villages are able to access any form of health care provision at community level.

Dr SaSa grew up in the Chin state in Myanmar, which is a restricted area of the country where no one can travel freely. He was identified at an early age as having unique qualities and skills that the village folk hoped would help them in the future.

Since there were no secondary schools in Chin state at the age of 13, he was forced to leave his village and go to Yangon (capital) to study. It was a very difficult time being alone and from a minority group, but he lived there for 2 years on his own with no family contact.

He finished his high school education but in 1997, the Myanmar regime closed all colleges and universities across country – this lasted three years. This forced Dr SaSa to return to his home village where he became a volunteer teacher at the local school. During this time he witnessed the firsthand suffering of the sick, elderly and mothers-to-be who had no access to any form of medical support.

There was no government health care system in Chin state, and many people died from easily treatable diseases or illnesses. This made Dr SaSa resolute to study medicine and come back to ensure his people would cease to suffer.

In 1999, all the local villages contributed to sending Dr SaSa to India to study science. Later on, he then qualified to study medicine in Armenia and qualified as a doctor in 2009. Since then, Dr Sasa returned to the border region of Myanmar where he has set up a community-based health care programme that trains hundreds of community health care workers every year and also provides them with basic medication.

The Need
Myanmar has recently emerged from a long dictatorship run by a military junta following a coup. Elections held in 2011 were not considered totally free and fair and the main opposition party boycotted these elections, however since these elections there has been some political reforms in Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi who was under house arrest was freed, and has subsequently contested local elections and her and some of her party members were elected into political office. Many political prisoners were freed although some still remain in prison.

Ethnic minorities, especially Christian ones, are still severally marginalised and receive little government support. Recent unrest in western Myanmar are testament to this and the region is still very fragile. Child mortality and other health related statistics are extremely high, three out of every five children aged under five die due to treatable and preventable diseases. Over half a million people are living with HIV, almost all have no access to care or treatment. Every year 70,000 people die from TB, malaria and treatable waterborne diseases.

Amongst the Chin ethnic minority group the situation is even worst. There is very limited government health care system, no secondary schooling, and the whole region is of restricted access, which does not allow for any foreign aid or support. As these regions open up due to the change in the political climate a rebuilding phase will need to commence as soon as possible.

The Response
Dr SaSa studied medicine with the goal of establishing a community-wide primary health care system amongst the Chin people.

Over the past few years, Chin state has suffered from a famine due to the phenomenon known as Bamboo flowering. The region was also affected by drought and a rat plague which destroyed plantations.

During his studies, Dr SaSa often returned to the region to set up a relief programme for the suffering communities. Finally, on completion of his medical degree in 2009, Dr SaSa retuned to the border region where he established a training centre for community health care workers.

Currently, he is implementing the first community-based primary health care programme across all Chin state. He has already trained over 300 primary health care workers who come for a three months training every few months and then return to their villages to put into practice what they have learned. Dr Sasa and his team are now establishing a new training centre inside Chin State and have commenced training an additional 480 community health care workers.


Note: Quote from Inspired Individual


1 Comment

  1. Thawng Suantak says:

    Dr.Sasa thuson na kei zong na pai lei ingh.A lamdang pi khat hi ci ngaisun ingh.Kawlngam pan tan sawm on zawk te Shillong, India College kaa tuak pan Mizoram(Mara) quarta taw Medical College sin thei luilam hi.Tuak pan Armenia a kaa tuh 5 a dei na kuama na kin ngawl a ama zong a try thathong se nga hi tuak hi.Tuak a sangsum pia zo ngawl cimaw cip a om na pan UK MP Nupi khat taw kimu a tuak pan UK ah laa phei hi tuak hi.Tu te se ama son hi ngawl a Shillong a sangka pui Thomsa Lian ii hong son kik hi.Kawl kumpi te ii khangno mipil ngamdang pan a saap khat a ki hel khat hi a angtan huai mama/Pathian lap to ngiat khat ci in mu ingh.Amama Piangthak Pathian minsuang lian a bnugta khat ci in mu ingh.

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