Celebrating changing futures in Myanmar

On Friday last week Interplast hosted a dinner at Burmese House in Richmond, Melbourne. It was a wonderful opportunity for more than 50 volunteers, donors and new supporters to hear from visiting medical professionals about how Interplast’s work is changing futures in Myanmar.

Associate Professor Michael Leung, Interplast Country Co-ordinator for Myanmar, introduced our two guest speakers, plastic surgeon Dr Aung Thurein Tun and anaesthetist Dr Cho Myint Tun, who have been in Melbourne for Interplast-supported training placements.

Professor Leung spoke about Interplast’s long-term commitment to supporting the development of Myanmar’s plastic surgery program, and his personal involvement since 2006.

He said he had watched plastic surgery progress significantly over the years, with increasing numbers of local plastic surgeons sharing their skills across the country. He made particular mention of Dr Myitzu Win, the first person in Myanmar to pass the Doctorate degree in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and now a fully qualified plastic surgeon.

 

Dr Tun and Dr Cho spoke about their training placements in Melbourne based at the Dandenong Hospital, and how they will share what they have learned with their colleagues in Myanmar.

Their placements finish this week. Dr Cho was in Melbourne for six weeks, and Dr Tun for three months under the supervision of Dr Leung.

Dr Tun has been learning from visiting Interplast teams in Myanmar for a number of years, and this placement has given him an opportunity to further expand his skills.

He completed his initial plastic surgery training through the Myanmar military, and is now undertaking the Doctorate degree in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with our Myanmar partner, the Yangon General Hospital.

“I’m the first person from the military trying to get the doctorate degree for plastic surgery, so when I go back to the military I can train my juniors, and so we can help the patients more than before,” he said.

About half of those attending the dinner were medical volunteers who go on our programs, illustrating the strong support from the medical community for Interplast’s work. Many of them have worked with our guests, making the evening a fantastic opportunity for family and friends to learn more about the great work that they are involved in.

The training placements for both of our guests were generously funded by the Baker Foundation.

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