A new report from Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) detailing ongoing human rights abuses, land expropriation and military offensives committed by the Burmese Army against the ethnic national peoples in Burma.
The report is based upon findings from a recent visit to Burma, with interviews conducted with IDPs within Shan State and representatives from Community Based Organisations (CBOs) working with the Shan, Kachin, Karen and Karenni people.
In 2014, the Bangkok Refugee Center closed its primary health care services, leaving over 7,000 asylum-seekers and refugees living in Bangkok without access to basic medical support. Since employment for refugees is illegal, the men, women, and children who have sought refuge in Bangkok from their countries in turmoil are unable to afford basic health care.
The village has approximately 70 people still and they are our most displaced and most vulnerable group we support. After two successful attempts to be able to see villagers on our previous visits, we were reminded of how difficult it is to get communication and access to this community.
Today we had a very big team of enthusiastic volunteers meeting early at 6.45am at Market Village. This included the 7 students from Webster University which has been fantastic to have their support with translators and photographers.
The volunteers were split between 4 trucks, also loaded with 500kg of rice for Bang Saphan. One team headed to Ba Mak led by our Area Manager Delphine and our Area Manager Prabhjeet led the other team to Bang Saphan.
BMC International Health and Human Rights 2015, 15:8
Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand—The International Rescue Committee is assisting over 700 Burmese refugees who were left homeless after fire broke out in the Ban Mae Nai Soi refugee camp in northern Thailand on April 7. Nearly 200 houses were destroyed in the fire, along with a school and several IRC health training facilities.
“It’s a terrible situation for families who were already displaced by war and conflict,” said Christine Petrie, the director of IRC programs in Thailand. “We are doing everything we can to support the community.”
Meeting at our usual time of 7am in Hua Hin, loaded up with many donated clothes, shoes, tooth brushes, soap and mosquito nets we set off in our newly donated truck from the Rotary, Rivers Foundation and several private sponsors all making our medical trips possible. Our team included our dedicated translators, Area manager and nurse, plus 7 students from Webster Universirty who will be supporting us with the field trips and also with fund raising through crowd funding which we are hoping is going to start next month.
This month we had a large group of volunteers visiting Bon Luk. We took two 4×4 trucks, kindly donated by Dave, and drove to Bon Luk. We had two doctors, one nurse and one physiotherapist in the team. Our medical teams of Dr Laura and Dr Tass saw 46 patients with Bebee helping with translation and Chloe and Charlotte recording patient data.
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WRITER: PARITTA WANGKIAT
Govt urged to add thousands to scheme
We do not currently have access to this remote village but as always when there is a problem with access we try to overcome it. The village has approximately 70 people still and they are our most displaced and most vulnerable group we support. Our volunteers met as usual at 7am with 2 trucks loaded with over 500kg of rice, many clothes, flip flops, mosquito nets and toothbrushes. Our volunteers included two new doctors, our nurse and our fantastic translators without which no trip would be possible.
By WENYING SEAH 22 February 2015
A sanctuary providing healthcare for displaced Burmese along the Thai-Burma border since 1989, Mae Tao Clinic will soon be relocating to a new site. DVB interviews founder and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr Cynthia Muang.
Q. Tell us more about the new Mae Tao Clinic.
Thailand Migration Report Highlights Social, Economic Challenges of Migration
Thailand - A new report from Thailand’s UN Thematic Working Group on Migration, comprised of UN agencies and chaired by IOM, notes significant achievements in migration management, but warns that key aspects of Thai migration policy still require attention.
The drive to Bon Luk is always a challenging one. As soon as we arrived at the village, the medical team was ready to start. Dr Laura, who saw 33 patients, worked closely with Nid doing the translation and Joanna recording patient data. We distributed loads of personal hygiene items like soaps, lice combs and tooth-brushes to children as well as grown-ups.
Today we had a very big team of enthusiastic volunteers meeting early at 6am at Market Village. It is a long drive so to maximize the time at the village we leave as early as possible. One team was travelling to Ba Mak and one team to Bon Luk. With almost 20 volunteers split in to 2 teams, introductions for the new members we set off in opposite directions.
The government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 1,466,200baht for a project for the construction of a drug warehouse at Kuraburichaipat Hospital in Phang Nga Province. On 4th February, 2015, H.E. Mr. Shigekazu SATO, Ambassador of Japan, and Mr. Piyachock Promsut, Director of Kuraburichaipat Hospital, jointly signed the grant contract for the project at the Embassy of Japan.
BANGKOK, 16 January 2015 (NNT)-The Meteorological Department has advised people to keep warm as the weather will remain cold for many days.
In Yasothon, 500 blankets have been distributed to the residents affected by the icy weather. The 16th Infantry Division of the Royal Thai Army will deliver more blankets to people in the surrounding areas particularly the elderly and poor families.
Though we had been supporting the villagers that needed medical and other help, we went back to the village after three months. Besides the long overdue medical clinic, we had to do village assessment in terms of education, health and hygiene, see progress on water delivery project and any other immediate needs of the villagers.We had a team of 10 enthusiastic volunteers, including a very young volunteer of 11 years old, in 2 4x4s; both donated. One, regular, by Dave and the other by Emma.
YALA, 8 Jan 2015 (NNT) - Children crippled from violence incidents in the deep South say they want new wheelchairs more than anything else as gifts on the Children’s Day.
One of those unfortunate children, an 11-year-old Imran Surapong, a local of Bannang Sata District in Yala, got caught up by one of the incidents that took away his father and left him paralyzed from waist down.
The boy underwent 3-year treatment and rehabilitation before returning to class. Fortunately their teachers and fellow students welcomed him back with open arms.
BANGKOK, 26 December 2014 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has sent teams of medical staff to the southernmost provinces to offer help to people affected by the severe floods.
Thirty teams of medical staff and those of family doctors are now on duty in the southern border provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala to provide medications and other assistance to sick people who get stuck in their flood-torn houses. Besides the dispatch of health officials, the Ministry of Public Health has prepared 300,000 medical kits to deal with flood-borne illnesses.
SAKON NAKHON, 18 December 2014 (NNT) – Cold weather still lingers over the North and Northeast, while the South is still being battered by heavy rain.
In Sakon Nakhon, the temperature has dropped to below 15 degrees Celsius for several consecutive days. This has contributed to an increase in the number of patients getting treated for respiratory tract illnesses. Medical officials said the elderly and children aged less than five are especially vulnerable. In Phrae's Mueng district, an 82-year-old man died from heart failure as he was sleeping through the cold weather.