After carefully reviewing the needs of beneficiaries of three health promotion centers ran by Premiere urgence – Aide Medicale International Myanmar in underdeveloped suburbs of Yangon (Dala, Twantay and Seikki Khanaungdho townships) Sonja Foundation and AMI have decided to create a Sonja Fund: Sonja providing the funds and AMI their existing infrastructure of health centers with doctors, nurses and other aid workers through which Sonja Foundation’s direct aid can reach the people in need.
The objective of Sonja Fund is “to save life and make a difference to poor patients through direct support”. Poor and disadvantaged patients, homeless, patients from discriminated and stigmatized groups and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) without care givers can benefit from the fund.
In order to save lives and make a difference for the most vulnerable, Sonja is supporting the following through AMI:
1) Life saving fund for PLHA
Surgery and hospitalization costs for PLHA with low or no income income in need of emergency hospitalization. AMI doctor refers the patient to a hospital with a Sonja voucher (picture) and AMI medical board is then in charge to validate the use of funds.
2) Life saving fund for poor and homeless patients
Homeless or poor people in need to be referred to a hospital for life threatening cases can benefit from this fund. The fund is used for major and minor surgeries.
3) Support to hospitalized PLHA
The most vulnerable PLHA can benefit from this fund. In case of hospitalization the support covers their hospitalization costs as well as transportation costs and support for the care givers.
4) Support to vulnerable HIV infected pregnant mothers
For the most vulnerable pregnant mothers a delivery kit is provided . In addition to this, Sonja Fund provides infant feeding kits to encourage the transition of breastfeeding to milkpowder in order to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child.
5) Transit home for patients
Sonja Fund has been used for construction and maintenance of a transit home in Dala . In addition to this, Sonja Fund provides infant feeding kits for vulnerable, poor or discriminated patients. In this way, several poorest patients transiting in Dala may have a better access to health. Sonja Fund also covers daily compensations of a caregiver in the transit home and purchased three bicycles for caregivers to reach the patients more easily.