Pandaw’s new clinic
Pandaw River Expeditions has saved many lives through its charity, Pandaw Clinics, established by founder Paul Strachan in 2008 after Cyclone Nargis tore through Myanmar killing more than 130,000 people.
In the aftermath of the destructive cyclone, Pandaw, which operate cruises in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, China, and Burma, converted its ships to floating hospitals.
Since then, the charity, entirely funded by donations from Pandaw travellers and a profit share from Pandaw River Expeditions, has built more than 12 schools and seven medical clinics in Myanmar, and treated more than 300,000 patients.
Pandaw has just opened its eighth clinic, the Pandaw Central Clinic, featuring consulting rooms, an X-ray facility, ultrasound room and a diagnostic lab.
The clinic is in Bagan and is staffed by a full-time team of 20 medics, paramedics, pharmacists and support staff, providing an average of 5000 free treatments a month.