11 In the midst of widespread flooding in Myanmar after Cyclone Komen in August 2015, the mountainous region of Myanmar’s Chin state was hit by severe landslides, and in Rakhine state numerous villages could not be reached by vehicle. Staff of WHO’s Myanmar Country Office did not let tough access conditions deter their efforts to reach affected populations of Rakhine state. Mobile medical teams often could not find areas dry enough to set up temporary facilities. The decision was made to use shallow-draft boats, with doctors, nurses (wearing their traditional distinctive red skirts), and health assistants delivering clinical care and medicines while floating on the slowly receding flood waters.

11 In the midst of widespread flooding in Myanmar after Cyclone Komen in August 2015, the mountainous region of Myanmar’s Chin state was hit by severe landslides, and in Rakhine state numerous villages could not be reached by vehicle. Staff of WHO’s Myanmar Country Office did not let tough access conditions deter their efforts to reach affected populations of Rakhine state. Mobile medical teams often could not find areas dry enough to set up temporary facilities. The decision was made to use shallow-draft boats, with doctors, nurses (wearing their traditional distinctive red skirts), and health assistants delivering clinical care and medicines while floating on the slowly receding flood waters.