Medical Update

Posted in Events on April 4, 2014 by myanmarchefs

Dear Colleges, 

Best greetings from  Yangon, MCA – World Chefs Without Borders – Myanmar, we will be on Sunday to Singapore Culinary World Chefs judging and have first time 4 Myanmar young Chefs there competing culinary skills…against a Global audience…..Thanks to F&B Manager Herman Feigl, Felix & Lucia Eppiser , Chefs Than Naing Tun, Dominic Mang, Aung Myo Lwin, Fonterra and Singapore Myanmar Exchange Dr Marlar Tun, the Premium Food Service, Angel Travel & Tours Co Ltd for all support.

Special MCA – WCWB Aid mission to save Rakhine Children:

As Buddha s main teaching goes: ”… If one has a problem, help to solve it,- if one comes with Hate give him Love….. “

Please see here attached the next three successful operated  Hydrocephalic North Rakhine Babies,- they were babies no 3 / 4 / 5 total 7 and still we do have two more already registered at Sittwe – Mrauk Oo area earliest to bring to Yangon after Water Festival and they might be not the last such Rakhine Babies…., 2 were operated and all arranged by MCA – World Chefs Without Borders already in Yangon in December 2013. Thanks to all Chefs which volunteered, specially Rakhine Chef Myint Maung Htay.

Thanks to support of Interplast Teams operating in November Dr Sieg & February 2014 Dr Radu in Sittwe, MSF as local health partner in Rakhine that time we were able to find these North Rakhine children and with the great skill of Myanmar Prof Myat Thu at Yangon Neuro Department of General Hospital all were successful operated, – one here needed some oxygen after the operation – so all OK now and today we transfer them with MCA – World Chefs Without Borders ( WCWB ) back to Sittwe and from there through our Buddhist friends & the MCA – WCWB network back to their villages near Mrauk Oo. Thanks for all support from Air Mandalay as well Dr Aung San – head of Sittwe State Hospital. The North Rakhine families of these Children were more than happy to receive medical help,- which would be not possible for them and not in Sittwe and was never before initiated from any Rahine side for Rakhine people.  

With Interplast the Myanmar Chefs Association and so World Chefs Without Borders works already since 1996 and each year hundreds of most children free of charge often live saving operations in rural areas. Next WCWB Myanmar missions as such are planned as ENT operations in October 2014, Plastic Surgery as here November 2014 and February 2015

Dental treatment and education / training from November 2014 until February 2015. For me still a miracle why we never saw or see such a cases in real, all over the world and here we have within 3 month 7 such babies all in small age.

Operated as:

The usual valve was done in the head with pipe through stomach and than bladder. Can see direct the day after operations already the pressure taken away and the head starts to grow back to near normal shape.

Thank you again for all support to the people of Myanmar and here specially that we are able to help the people in Northern Rakhine State in these health issues through all arrangements of the Union Ministry of Health and the Rakhine State Government, looking forward for next health missions planned already,  yours

Oliver E Soe Thet

Development & Education for Rakhine State

President Myanmar Chefs Association

Global Board, World Chefs Without Borders

National Committee – Training & Certification member

Yangon 4.4.2014  – Rakhine / Myanmar

Stavanger 2014

Posted in Events on April 4, 2014 by myanmarchefs

Dear All,

Please promote this fantastic news to all Young chefs and associations planning to bring a young chef to Norway. Also we would like to thank the congress organizers for extending the early bird rate until the beginning of the congress, so that’s even more good news on the financial front. There is attached an booking form to be used and sent directly to the hotel via the email address below, please copy me in and Alan Orreal so we can track the registrations of the young chefs also so we know how many are staying in the hotel.

The Hotel name is the St Svithun Hotel.

Below is the registration form for young chefs.

The contact and the one who needs to receive the booking is:

Phone +47 51512651

For this good price the young chefs have to shear rooms. Some 3,4 and 5 beds together.

I have the reservation for 60 beds until 1 of may.

Hope this is ok for you all.

Med vennlig hilsen

Elisabeth Bryne |  Markedssjef |  Mob +47 40034385  |

BAMA Storkjøkken Stavanger AS |  Skurvemarka 21 4330 Ålgård  |

Booking Young Chefs Backpacker room rate 295-001

Chef Markus Iten

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2014 by myanmarchefs


An hour to change a life, Myanmar Chefs – World Chefs Without Borders & Drs Without Borders with Interplast Germany

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2014 by myanmarchefs

By Fiona MacGregor and Shwe Yee Saw Myint   |   Monday, 17 March 2014

To be a child and to approach the world innocently only to be greeted with disgust and contempt because no one sees your heart, just the horror of your deformed face, is a misery most of us struggle to imagine.

Ma Khine Mo Shwe with her son, Tu Cha Aung, after surgery. Photo: F MacGregorMa Khine Mo Shwe with her son, Tu Cha Aung, after surgery. Photo: F MacGregor

But for those born with the relatively common birth defect of a cleft lip and/or palette (around one in 700 births worldwide) and without access to skilled medical repair, the usual human hopes for friendship, acceptance and, later, work opportunities and intimate relationships can be remote possibilities.

The volunteer surgeons and staff of Interplast, who recently visited Sittwe General Hospital in Rakhine State to carry out surgery on young patients with cleft lips and palettes as well as burns and other disfigurements, understand that.

In a project organised by the Myanmar Chef Association branch of World Chefs Without Borders, in conjunction with the doctors of  Interplast Germany, as well as other INGOs and community organisations and a local Buddhist monastery, the medical staff carried out roughly 100 life-changing plastic surgery operations over two weeks.

Even when viewed through eyes of compassion and understanding, some cleft-lip disfigurements are shocking.

With incomplete lips to hold gums, teeth can end up protruding far out of gaping mouths, turning childish laughs into unintentional snarls and grimaces.

“It only takes an hour or so to change a face completely…to turn a baby [perceived as] a little monster of whom other people are scared into a normal handsome child,” said Dr Caius Radu, head doctor on the project, as he waited for the anaesthesia to take effect on his next young patient so he could start his next transformation.

The Interplast surgeons said a combination of genetics and external factors, including foetal exposure to smoking, alcohol and various other external pollutants, can play a part in the development of cleft lips and palettes, which begins as early as the fourth week of pregnancy.

According to Dr Radu, cleft lip and palette surgery is one of the best-regarded facial surgeries. It is extremely rare to see an older child or adult in Europe who has not had the condition treated. In the West it is usually repaired when a child is around three months old and weighing the 5kg required for anesthesia to be safe.

But in Southeast Asia, where malformations can be twice as prevalent as in Europe – averaging 1 in 500 per births compared to 1 in 1000 – many families are unable to access or afford surgery, which is where Interplast comes in.

The organisation describes its aims this way: “We exist to repair bodies and rebuild lives.”

The intent might be simple, but to a non-medical person watching the surgeons at work, their intricate moves seem anything but.

A baby, around five months old, laid sleeping on an operating table. He had a complete bilateral cleft – wide slits running from each nostril creating flaps of flesh and gummy gaps where a top lip would normally lie.

The surgeon took a soft toy rabbit from beside the now-unconscious child as another doctor covered the infant with an operating sheet until only his mouth was visible. The surgeon worked with a head-lamp around his forehead: In Rakhine, electricity supplies are notoriously unreliable.

First he inked tiny temporary tattoos along the parts of the mouth to be repaired, then with intricate cuts tidied and reshaped the flesh. Finally, with delicate sutures, he brought the flaps together to form a recognisable top lip. Stitch by tiny stitch the incomplete is made whole, and the reviled becomes acceptable to the public gaze.

A few minutes later, bandages in place, staff moved the baby to the less-than-pristine corridor outside the operating theatre and onto the crumpled sheets of a trolly bed beside a woozy toddler who was also recovering from surgery.

The surgeon placed the toy rabbit back in the baby’s hands. The infant wriggled, starting to wake from the operation that saved him from a life of ostracisation and shame. His newly connected tissues couldn’t quite form a smile yet, but in the recovery wards on the floor below proud parents grinned as they ushered in passersby to show off their babies’ new faces.

Ma Khin Mo Shwe, 38, showed off her 11-month-old little boy, Tu Cha Aung. A narrow red line and a few black sutures are the only remaining evidence of his former cleft lip. Soon the stitches will be gone and the line just a small scar.

Ma Khin Mo Shwe, somewhat overcome with excitement and delight, spoke rapidly in her native Rakhinese: “I did not ever imagine he’d be able to have this operation,” gushed the mother of five from Sabatha Village.

“Before he was born I just wanted a beautiful boy, and then when I saw what he looked like I felt very sad, and when I thought that he wouldn’t be normal in the future I was concerned,” she said.

“After the operation I feel very happy, because he is normal, beautiful,” she said proudly holding him up for photographs.

Back in the operating theatre, more plastic surgery continued. With just two weeks to undertake around 100 operations the surgeons had little time for rest.

Childhood burns are common in a region where open fires rage frequently and hands and faces often come to close to the flames.

In one operating theatre a 13-year-old boy underwent surgery on a badly burned right hand. The accident happened years ago and the skin on his thumb and ring finger contracted as it healed, pulling them inward across his palm so that the hand was virtually unusable.

His little finger was entirely fused to the hand and the surgeon decided it must be amputated.

In a practical feat of medical recycling the skin from the amputated finger helped cover the wounds made by freeing the thumb.

“We discussed the amputation with the boy and his parents before this and they agreed,” said the surgeon. The loss of one finger is a comparatively small price to pay, they all decided, for regaining functional and pain-free use of the rest of the hand.

It is remarkable to see: flesh released, bone removed, skin excised, patched, repaired, and mobility returned so a disabled child will soon be able to reach out and grasp the future with both hands again.

Asked whether the patient would require physiotherapy and, if so, how that would be possible in his poor and remote home village, the surgeon explained that in his experience young people, particularly those living traditional lifestyles, are far quicker to adapt than adults in more developed regions. “Children have good [body] sense. If that were not so (and physio was necessary) I would not operate,” he said.”Of course a new adaptation is necessary, but these children adapt extremely quickly.”

Outside the operating theatre, nervous parents waited in the corridor. Every time the door opened and a person appeared garbed in surgical robes they leapt up anxiously hoping for news of their children.

Wai Ma Oo, 35, however, was not worried. She trusts the surgeons, she said, and just wants to see her 11-month-old son Aung Ton Kya’s face when he comes out from the operation on his cleft lip.

“I have five children and they are all boys. When this last one was born and I saw his face I was so disappointed. None of the other children in my family were like that, and it made me very sad.

“We are a very poor family and make our living from farming. The older children in the village make fun of him and say he looks like an animal.”

Inside the operating area, the surgeons had already worked their magic. No one can say Aung Ton Ja looks like an animal any more.

Thanks to an international joint Medical Mission in Rakhine State Interplast Nuernberg – Munich,- Dr Caius Radu team, World Chefs Without Borders – MCA & Drs Without Borders ( MSF )

The Boy 11 years old, from Mrauk – North Rakhine State, Myanmar was also before the operation always happy and smiling, regardless his since born deformation. He is also excellent in school as his father told us on 23.2.2014 at the Alodawpye Monastery, where most patients screened and could stay before and after the medical mission of Dr Caius Radu Interplast team, a missing financed by Interplast Munich Dr Heinz Schoeneich. Organized by MCA World Chefs Without Borders, MSF Doctors Without Borders and Rakhine Civil Societies. Under permission of Union Ministry of Health and Union Minister Dr Pe Thet Khin. One man is to highlight, Dr Aung San, tireless, proactive best support of Sittwe General Hospital Superintendent,- regardless of race, face or religion,- a right person at the right place. 120 operations at 95 patients were done free of charge.

Thanks to Sittwe ENT surgeon Dr Kyaw Khaing Win, Yangon surgeon Dr Linn Naing and all nurses at operation theater and at the wards. Thanks to the MCA volunteers and all Rakhine donors for all food cost to Alodawpye Monastery in Sittwe. MSF arranged and financed all patients & Drs daily transfers between Hotel, Hospital and Monastery,- MSF arranged & paid also for all Rakhine nationals feedings of patients at Sittwe Hospital. Sittwe Ophthalmic (Eye) surgeon Dr Moe Kyaw committed to take care at his cost for the left eye of the small boy to fulfill this as a WCWB & partners, “ Mission Accomplished “ ……

Thanks to all positive, based on equality treatment to any human in medical need, thinking people. Only through equality we can achieve a better World. Give time to some people in Rakhine, which are not ready for equality, to learn about a global world in peace. Oliver E Soe Thet, President Myanmar Chefs Association – World Chefs Without Borders. Yangon, Myanmar 3.3.2014

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Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2014 by myanmarchefs

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Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2014 by myanmarchefs


WCWB-MCA Oliver E Soe Thet

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2014 by myanmarchefs

11.3.2014 Lingen Schepsdorf.

The background was a “ Thank You from Myanmar & WCWB “ as all the young kids collected money and sold handicrafts they made in late 2010


with the money they could donate two fishing boats to the cyclone victims of Cyclone Giri Rakhine Western Myanmar ( see WACS website stories

on this in  2011 hand over ). A Thank you by Myanmar WCWB to the young Kinds enabled 8 families to generate jobs, money and food

for a living after a Cyclone Disaster hit hard.   

Oliver E. Soe Thet and MCA volunteer chefs Rene & Ulli Esser, Elke & Guenter Feldmann arranged a cooking lesson for 65 childen

of Schepsdorf primary school with at break time a slide show on children s live in Myanmar by Elke Feldmann. Coconut Noodle Soup

was cooked and all student as well some handicapped children were exited and had a lot of fun cooking, cutting as well eating the dishes.

Thanks to the headmaster of the Schepsdorf Primary School,—after the cooking Elke & Guenter handed over to WCWB Myanmar near to 2000

eye glasses for the WCWB project Ngapali Beach Eye treatment and charity glasses running since three years at Rakhine state by MCA – WCWB.

See also for pictures :

Oliver E Soe Thet, Yangon 15.3.2014


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