In order to provide medical care for refugees in Thailand, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation cooperate with Banphaeo Hospital and Ramathibodi Hospital to held a community medical outreach in Bangkok.
"Tzu Chi's free clinics have helped over 25,000 refugee patients. These people have had a difficult life. They are here without anyone to rely on. Because of this, we should offer them as much support as possible", Piyamitr Sritara, Ramathibodi Hospital superintendent said.
BANGKOK, 15 September 2016 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has revealed that on average, 20 new Zika infections are reported in Thailand each week.
Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr. Sophon Mekthon said even though the Zika outbreak has not expanded to other parts of the country, it is important for everyone to ensure mosquito breeding habitats are destroyed.
BUENG KAN, 8 September 2016 (NNT) – Heavy rainfall has hit the northeastern province of Bueng Kan, bringing a local school and a community health center to a temporary standstill.
The monsoon trough, which is lying across Myanmar, Laos and the upper Vietnam, and the southwest monsoon have led to continued thundershowers, causing a flash flood in two villages in Na Sabang subdistrict.
CHIANG MAI, 2 September 2016 (NNT) – The governor of Chiang Mai has ordered preventive measures against the infection of Zika virus and dengue fever in the area to be intensified, while Hang Dong district recorded another dengue fever casualty.
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart has reported on the latest situation regarding the Zika virus and dengue fever outbreak in the province, disclosing that two more Zika virus infected patients were discovered yesterday, with one being a freshmen female student and the other being a 74-year-old woman.
In Thailand, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has been holding regular free clinics on behalf of refugees in Bangkok for one and a half years. To ensure these refugees can seek medical assistance with ease, Tzu Chi provides variety of services at free clinic for refugees. For example, volunteers babysit their children at the medical outreach, helping the children learn through games and activities.
Another beautiful day in Hua Hin for our meeting at Market Village at 6:45am. We started the day with an introduction where everyone had the chance to introduce himself to the group before leaving for Ba Mak at 7.30.
Pala U Noi Village has 39 houses and about 200 people who have limited medical care and education and insufficient access to healthy food, clean water, electricity, toilets and waste disposal facilities.
The trip had several aims:
Operate our field medical clinic to:
– Provide much needed medical care
– Run a personal hygiene seminar and put up donated personal hygiene posters
Evaluate water situation:
– Decide the best way to get water to the village
Start milk project
– Provide UHT milk to shop to replace unhealthy condensed milk
As a nonsignatory country of the 1951 Geneva Convention, Thailand does not recognize the status of refugees, and the political unrest in the country only served to exacerbate the restrictions placed on immigration. Employment is forbidden for refugees and asylum seekers, and law enforcement is tasked to track down and detain any and all illegal residents they find.
Background to Ba Mak: Ba Mak is home to about 700 people including approximately 200 children. Electricity is not widely available and most villagers use candles. The sources of income range from coffee selling to basket weaving and work in local rice plantations. Jungle Aid has been supporting Ba Mak for 5 years. We have held regular medical clinics, supported hospital visits, supported children to go to school (transportation fees etc.), provided clothes, shoes and stationery etc.
BANGKOK (16 March 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) deplores the recent actions of armed insurgents who took over a public hospital in the far south of Thailand and used it to launch an attack against government forces.
Hospitals, medical units and medical personnel are protected under international humanitarian law, and they should not be targeted or used for military purposes at any time.
Attack Latest in Campaign Against Medical Facilities
(New York) – Separatist insurgents took over and damaged a hospital in southern Thailandon March 13, 2016, in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. The attack on the hospital occurred during a resurgence of separatist attacks on civilians since the beginning of March.
“Community-based volunteers have a critical role to play in responding to disease outbreaks. The fact that they are already present in communities means they are uniquely placed to raise the alarm and provide early interventions,” said Mr Sy.
“However, their value goes well beyond proximity. They are also able to provide tailored, and culturally appropriate services, bridging the gaps that often exist between health systems and vulnerable communities. They can also support communities to to take steps to reduce the health risks they face,” he said.
BANGKOK, 3 March 2016 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has established a situation room to urge hospitals in drought-affected areas to conserve water. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has expressed confidence that the country will not experience a shortage of water for consumption water until July.
Facts & Figures
EU humanitarian aid since 1995: € 119.7 million to help refugees on the Thai-Myanmar border In 2016:
€ 1.3 million in assistance to refugees living in camps along the Thai-Myanmar border In 2015:
€ 2.1 million in assistance to refugees staying in camps
€ 300 000 in assistance to Rohingya and Bangladeshi irregular migrants in Thailand and Indonesia
Once again, we had a large group of volunteers visiting Bon Luk. We left very early in three 4x4s, kindly sponsored by Dave of Hua Hin Car Hire and CPF, and drove to Bon Luk.
We had two doctor and one fish expert from CPF with us.
Medical Update: Pala U – 30th January 2016
Pala U village has 30 houses with almost 200 people who have limited medical care and education and very limited access to the basics of life such as sufficient healthy food, clean water, electricity, toilets and waste disposal facilities.
The trip had several aims:
Bang Saphan is 4 hours away and has our most vulnerable families that we work with.
The trip had several aims:
• Operate our field medical clinic to provide much needed medical care
• Equip the school children with more bikes; helmets and school bags so they can easily ride the 7km each way
• Pass on donations of clothes, rice and canned fish
• Donate 2 months supply of medicines to the qualified nurse/midwife living in the village including a ventouse to assist with baby delivery
Our volunteers met early at Market village and after quick introductions, one team left for Ba Mak and the other for Bang Saphan.
After nearly three hours of scenic but challenging drive, we arrived at the village. The medical team was ready to start immediately.
Our Doctor Gerard saw 24 patients working closely with Natalie helping with translation and Elmi recording patient data. We referred 4 patients to hospital for further investigation. We will be following up on our future visits.
Once again, we had a large group of volunteers visiting Bon Luk. We left very early in three 4x4s, kindly sponsored by Dave of Hua Hin Car Hire and Mary Neve, and drove to Bon Luk.
We had one doctor, one fish expert from CPF and members of our fundraising event team with us. Our long time volunteer Dr Coco saw 18 patients; with Thu helping with translation, Caitlin recording patient data and Nick dispensing medicines.