Myo is 5 years old and was diagnosed with leukaemia in December 2015. Soon after being diagnosed, Myo’s father abandoned his family, leaving them without any source of income. Myo was forced to stop her treatment at Yangon Children’s Hospital as her mother could not find sufficient money for them to travel to the hospital. Her mother then borrowed money from local lenders at an interest rate of 10% per month to fund the travel.
Myo’s journey to the hospital is dangerous. It includes a 1 hour walk barefoot through flooded fields which are home to poisonous snakes. This is followed by a journey on the back of a motorbike, the hire of a small boat to cross the river and a bus ride.
Currently, Myo’s travels to and from the hospital are supported in a partnership between Please Take Me There and World Child Cancer. As a result, she no longer misses any treatment and her mother is not at the mercy of high-interest loans to fund their travel.
Watch Myo's Journey to Hospital here: