SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN { 37 images } Created 25 Nov 2010

The Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), founded and directed by Dr. Cynthia Maung, provides free health care for refugees, migrant workers, and other individuals who cross the border from Burma to Thailand. It's origins go back to the student pro-democracy movement in Burma in 1988 and the brutal repression by the Burmese regime that followed. The fleeing students who needed medical attention were attended in a small house in Mae Sot.

Since 1989 MTC has grown, from that one small house to a large complex of simple buildings that provide a wide variety of health services to different groups of people. From Land-mine victims to Malaria to child-birth, today it serves a target population of approximately 150,000 on the Thai-Burma border or roughly 300 people per day, but exact numbers are hard to calculate because of the fluidity of the population. About 50% of those who come to MTC for medical attention are migrant workers in the Mae Sot area; the other 50% travel cross-border from Burma for care. Many make the hazardous journey from deep inside Burma often travelling for days or even weeks just to get there. Healthcare is all but non-existent in Burma, where less than 2% of the GDP is spent on healthcare and education combined whereas 40% is spent on the military.
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