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The Mae Tao Clinic was first established over 30 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Maung. As The World reports, it has become one of the largest and most renowned community-run aid organization in Southeast Asia, serving thousands of migrants and refugees from Myanmar living in and around the Thai city of Mae Sot.
The Mae Tao Clinic is the largest medical clinic in the region. Each year, the clinic helps close to 250,000 refugees, unemployed, farmers, and migrant workers in need on the Burma/Thai border. Further, the clinic’s maternity ward delivers 1,000 babies per year.
With the help of your generous donations, we have been able to support the Mae Tao Clinic through some difficult years with almost $2,000,000 in funding, which has also provided school meals for migrant children in the organization’s boarding school.
“GreaterGood has funded the Mae Tao Clinic for over 10 years,” says GreaterGood Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Tim Kunin. “We have been involved with both the original clinic and the new one. We have been the single largest funder for the last several since USAID, AustraliaAid, and the Japan Fund moved most funding from the refugee communities on the border to inside Burma/Myanmar.”
While Dr. Cynthia was awarded Australia’s prestigious Sydney Peace Prize for her work, the Australian government completely cut its support for the Mae Tao Clinic. AusAID believes that since the official war in the country has ceased, everyone should go home.
It’s not that easy.
As Human Rights Watch reports, hundreds of thousands of people crossed into Thailand to trade everything they had for safety. What they left behind has been ravaged by conflict and neglect or confiscated by the former Burmese government.
Further, a new wave of coronavirus cases, along with closed borders and a crackdown on aid by the military, which has been accused of hoarding medical supplies for its own use — are stretching the organization’s abilities to the limit, the Associated Press reports.
“There is no transportation available to get proper medicine and food supplies,” a doctor working at a makeshift clinic in the jungle of eastern Myanmar told the AP. “There are not enough oxygen cylinders in our area and clinic. Because of heavy rain, there is also difficulty to even get clean water.”
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