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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.

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