Handover Ceremony for the New Mae Tao Clinic
March 18, 2015
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), provided funds amounting to 2,994,500 baht for the Project for the “Construction of the New Mae Tao Clinic”. The handover and opening ceremony was held at the new clinic in Maesot town, Tak Province on 17th March, 2015 with the presence of Mr. Mitsugu Saito, Minister and Deputy Chief of mission of the Embassy of Japan, Dr. Cynthia Maung, Director of the Mae Tao Clinic, and various medical personnel and volunteers.
The Mae Tao Clinic was established by Dr. Cynthia in 1989. The town is on the border of Myanmar. For 26 years, the clinic has provided free basic medical services to people who had to leave Myanmar, people who cannot afford basic medical care, and migrants and cross-border workers. Recently, the clinic has been treating 130,000 patients per year. Because its building had been modified and enlarged on an “urgent and temporary” makeshift basis, it has become difficult to manage the communicable diseases. Consequently, it has ben also difficult to isolate patients with low immunity and/or communicable disease from others to prevent in-hospital infection.
In order to tackle this situation, the clinic decided to move the site to build new building with better overall design and improved environment. Under this project, the Japanese government supported the construction of part of the new buildings which consists of an infection prevention unit and pharmacy and purchased a vehicle for the sake of the clinic.
Access to “Basic medical service” is the key to “human security” for the people from Myanmar, especially suffering from poverty, ethnic minorities and cross-border/migrant labours. This project, also promote basic medical services, the prevention of disease, people’s awareness of public health, and reproductive health facilities which plays an important role for the next generation. We believe that the new clinic will be the core element of community’s health, which eventually will contribute to realizing a stable situation along the border.
We intend to continue supporting projects which contribute to achieving Human Security through the Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP).
For more information about GGP, please contact:
- Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, Economic Division, Embassy of Japan
- 177 Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
- Telephone: 02-207-8500 / 02-696-3000
- Facsimile: 02-207-8517