By Alisa Tang
RATTAPHUM, Thailand, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - T he strapping 23-year-old Rohingya Muslim was matter of fact as he described being forced onto a boat in Myanmar for a tortuous two-month-long journey, beaten and kicked by traffickers as he watched scores die of starvation and thirst along the way
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24 trafficking victims about to depart as 540 refugees still languish in detention centres nationwide.
At 46 years old, Basamai, an ethnic Rohingya Muslim man, will for the first time obtain identity documents that will allow him to resettle in the United States next week, along with 23 other trafficking victims.
The 24 to be resettled follow four who left Thailand earlier this month, in a humanitarian programme that has resettled 13,000 Muslims from Myanmar since 2002, according to the US Department of State Refugee Processing Centre.
BANGKOK, 19 September 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has sent out its teams to all flood-stricken provinces in order to assist local residents and equip all households with first-aid kits.
By KYAW KHA/ THE IRRAWADDY
MAE SOT, Thailand — The explosion knocked Mya Win out as her teenage body went flying. When she regained consciousness, she found herself at a hospital in Mae Sot, the Thai border town long known for its ties to neighboring Burma.
When a doctor delivered the grim news of what had transpired and its implications, she could not contain her despair.
“I burst into tears when I learned that both of my legs were amputated,” Mya Win recounted. “I was so sad and felt helpless.”
NAN, 04 September 2015, (NNT) - Heavy rain continued to pour in the North and Northeast, increasing Mekong River water levels in Nong Khai and Nakhon Phanom provinces and flooding more than 200 homes in Nan province.
Nan officials distributed drinking water, medicine and leptospirosis vaccines to flood-affected locals in Chiang Klang district. The latest official reports on Thursday showed flood levels were as high 1m. Runoff also damaged more 1,000 rai of farmland.
The village has approximately 110 people and they are the most displaced and most vulnerable group we support. Once again, we were reminded of how difficult it is for residents this widely scattered and displaced community to access basic requirements and towns. People have to walk for 2 days to reach Baan Bang Charoen to attend our medical clinic.
By Kate Roux, IFRC
On Monday, 17 August at 7pm, an explosive device went off at the Erawan Shrine at Ratchaprasong intersection in central Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. The incident resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.
“The explosion was completely unexpected, and it is shocking for everyone,” said Anne Leclerc, head of the regional delegation in Bangkok for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
As is the case in recent times, we had a large group of volunteers visiting Bon Luk. We took three 4x4s, two of which kindly donated by Dave of Hua Hin Car Hire, and drove to Bon Luk.
We had one doctor, two nurses and one physiotherapist on the team. Our medical teams of a nurse and a physiotherapist (volunteers from our partner Chiva Som) and our long time volunteer Dr Coco saw 43 patients; with Thuhelping with translation and Aurelia and Caitlin recording patient data.
BANGKOK, 4 August 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has supplied 30,000 medicines to people affected by the floods in Mae Hong Son province.
According to Deputy Permanent Secretary of Public Health Amnuay Kajina, a mobile medical unit has been deployed to inundated areas of Mae Hong Son to warn people of possible waterborne diseases. They include dengue fever, leptospirosis and diarrhea.
30,000 medicines have also been given to residents of Sob Moei district. They are urged to dial 1669 for emergency medical attention.
The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)
Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and PMI’s strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015–2020, the U.S. Government’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity toward the long-term goal of elimination.
With many volunteers this month 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 donated truck from the Rotary, Rivers Foundation and several private sponsors all making our medical trips possible. This month there were 2 large teams heading to 2 of our villages (Pala U Noi and Bon Luk). The Pala U team of 10 volunteers drove in convoy and was coordinated by Emma our nurse. Our excellent translators were on hand to translate for the medical team and the assessment team.
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.