Thursday, August 03, 2006

About Us

Overview of “By and For Local”: NEED THIS BLURB (LISA)


Director: Dr Cynthia Maung

Programme Managers by Department(?)

We would also like to thank the following organisations and individuals for their support:

1. Aide Medicale International Artesunate
2. Anthony Parisi (USA)
3. Asia Transpacific Foundation (Paula and Tao) (USA)
4. Australian Volunteer International
5. Brackett Foundation (USA)
6. Burma Border Projects
7. Burma Children’s Fund
8. Burma Relief Centre (Japan)
9. Burma Relief Centre (Thailand)
10. Burma Volunteer Project
11. Clear Path International (USA)
12. Consortium Thailand
13. DI-FAEM German Medical Institute
14. Doctors of the World (USA)
15. European Committee
16. Family Health International (USA)
17. Foundation for The People of Burma (USA)
18. Help Without Frontiers (Italy)
19. International Committee of the Red Cross
20. International Rescue Committee (USA)
21. John Hopkins University (USA)
22. Karen Aid (UK)
23. Magsaysay Foundation (Phillipines)
24. Medical Mercy Canada
25. Medicins Sans Frontieres
26. Mitwelt-Netzwerk (Germany)
27. New Zealand Embassy
28. Nonna Gabriella (Italy)
29. Open Society Institute (USA)
30. Perinatal HIV Prevention Trial (Thailand)
31. Planet Care (USA)
32. Stichting Vluchteling (Netherlands)
33. Terre Des Hommes (Netherlands)
34. Thailand Burma Border Consortium
35. Two Elephant Factory (Thailand)
36. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (USA)
37. Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children
38. Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Social Services

Our Social Services activities include:
1. Delivery Certificates:For every birth at Mae Tao Clinic we issue a delivery certificate. We also collaborate with the Committee for Protection and Promotion of Child Rights (CPPCR) to raise awareness about and provide documentation for stateless children.

2. Children’s Development Centre:The clinic runs a school for children of migrant workers in Thailand. The children of MTC Staff also attend. In the school year 2004-2005, there were roughly 340 children attending. The school consists of a day care centre, nursery school, and primary school up to 6th standard.

3. Bamboo Children’s Home:The clinic also supports one boarding house in the refugee camps for unaccompanied children. In 2004, there were around 140 children staying in this boarding house.

4. Orphan Care:The clinic supports children who are orphaned or abandoned by their parents. Poverty is a major reason for the existence of so many orphans. In 2004, the clinic supported and cared for 21 orphans. Several other cases were referred to a local Burmese women’s organization, Social Action for Women, which has a programme to take care of abandoned babies and children in the Mae Sot area.

5. Asylum for Women and Children:The clinic also functions as a drop-in center for women and children in need of asylum. People seeking protection and support from abusive relationships frequently arrive and are accommodated at the clinic until safe alternative arrangements can be made.

6. Hospice and Aged Care:Patients often arrive at MTC in need of hospice care. They commonly have AIDS, cancer, or are of advanced age. Elderly persons may have no family or friends to support them. The clinic provides support for these people and takes responsibility for their care until they die, if necessary.

7. Funeral and cremation services:Families of patients who die at Mae Tao Clinic may not have the funds to cover the costs for a funeral or for transport of the body back home. Mae Tao Clinic provides funds to either assist families to return the body home or conduct a small funeral at MTC. We collaborate with Mae Sot Hospital for the management of the bodies of deceased clients. MTC also provides a death certificate for the deceased.

8. Support of Amputees:The prosthetic department provides employment and rehabilitation services for amputees whose injuries make it difficult to find employment.

9. Cultural celebrations, sports events, and health campaigns:The clinic regularly organises community events around important, traditional festivals and holidays. This is done in recognition of the importance of such events in strengthening community ties and providing a chance for friends and families to get together. In a situation where families are frequently separated and people face daily threats to their personal safety, these celebrations are important for people’s mental well being.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Mae Tao Clinic Training services

Current Trainings
1. Nursing Care Training
2. Laboratory Training
3. Health Assessment Training
4. Maternal & Child Health Care Training
5. Traditional Birth Attendant Training
6. Basic Eye Care Training
7. Computer Training

8. Border Internship Program: MTC offers internships to health workers from different ethnic group areas along the Thai–Burma border. Typically, interns complete their formal training 4 to 5 years prior to internship at various other locations, then come to the clinic for 6- to 12-months blocks. They come to obtain skills in a specific department or to rotate through our different departments. After receiving their training at MTC they can take their knowledge and skills into difficult-to-access areas for underserved populations. In 2004, 60 interns from different ethnic health organizations completed a 6-month internship at Mae Tao Clinic.

9. International Volunteer Program

10. In addition to clinical and training services, MTC offers a variety of programs geared towards community support and patient rehabilitation. The clinic's increasing role as a community center, and the continual oppression of people living in Burma, results in a demand for services not directly related to health care.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Mae Tao Clinic Health Services

Mae Tao Clinic Health Services
Medical Service OPD/IPD
Surgical Service OPD/IPD
Reproductive Health OPD/IPD
Child Health Service OPD/IPD
Health Education and Counseling
Laboratory and Blood Bank
Primary Eye Care and Eye Surgery
Prosthetics and Rehabilitation
Malaria Treatment
HIV/AIDS Prevention (Safe Blood, VCT & PMTCT)
Tuberculosis Case Finding and Referrals
Mae Sot Hospital Referrals

Overview of Mae Tao Clinic

The Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), directed by Dr. Cynthia Maung, provides free health care for refugees, migrant workers, and other individuals who cross the border from Burma to Thailand. People of all ethnicities and religions are welcome at the Clinic. Over the past 13 years MTC has grown, from a small house that served Burmese pro-democracy students fleeing the 1988 crackdown, to a complex multi-specialty medical centre. Though exact numbers are difficult to establish because of the fluidity of our patient population, we estimate that we serve a target population of approximately 150,000 on the Thai-Burma border. Our staff of 5 physicians, 100 health workers, 99 trainees and 40 support staff provide comprehensive health services that include: inpatient and outpatient medicine, a surgical unit, blood transfusions, reproductive health, child health, eye care, and prosthetics for landmine victims. We also host interns from local ethnic groups for periods of three months to one year. MTC trains them to become a new group of health workers and technicians who will go out to provide health care within the Thai-Burma border area. In addition, we support mobile clinics within Burma, at Pa Hite and Mae La Poh Hta, that provide health services to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Our children's home at Umphium Mae Refugee Camp cares for 86 children who have been separated from their parents. Some are orphaned or abandoned, while others are sent for the schooling that is not available within Burma. We also support schools and boarding houses that cater to an additional 198 children and serve the families of local migrant workers and our staff. Through the years the clinic has sponsored women's organizations, health education, and community awareness events at refugee camps.