Mae Tao Clinic Letter to Taiwan
24, Mar 2006 14:46
Mae Tao Clinic
PO Box 67, Mae Sot, Tak 63110 , Thailand
701 Moo 1, Intarakiri Rd., Tha Sai Rouard, Mae Sot, Tak Province-63110
Tel: (055) 563-644/ Fax: (055) 544-655, Email: email@example.com
Dear friends of Mao Tao Clinic in Taiwan,
First Best wishes to all of the friends that I met when I visited Taipei in 2005, and thanks those who offer their support to Mae Tao Clinic and its staff. It was an honor to visit your country and a great chance to meet people there.
The work of Mae Tao Clinic continues and in 2005, we had around 100,000 visits to the clinic. Our clients are predominantly Burmese people who are working as migrants in the Mae Sot area. About 30% however, cross the border from Burma to receive treatment at our clinic. The clinic provides medical services, reproductive health services, minor surgical services and eye care to a population who otherwise have very few opportunities to access health services.
One of the biggest concerns of our staff and patients is that they are not safe in Thailand. As migrants they do not have full rights to freedom of movement or access to health as Thai citizens. Even Mae Tao Clinic, with its international reputation, is not guaranteed any long term future in Thailand. One of the reasons for this is that the land that the clinic stands on is rented from a Thai landowner on a yearly basis. We have been unable to persuade the owner to let us have a multiple year lease.
Therefore we decided to appeal to some of our friends overseas to assist us in buying land for Mae Tao Clinic, so that we can guarantee the long term sustainability of the clinic. We believe that by buying some land of our own to build our clinic on, we will not only be guaranteeing health care for our community in the years to come, but also improving the conditions for the security of our dedicated Burmese staff who work at the clinic. Everyone should be entitled to a safe place to live and work, as well as a safe place to access health services. We believe that having our own place will increase the security of our staff and patients and ultimately the quality of health services that we can provide.
We are making the same appeal to friends in other countries overseas, with the hope that in a joint effort our friends can help us in this plan. Our target, ideal amount to fundraise is 20 million baht (about US$500,000).
If you require any further details, please feel free to contact me,
And once again my warmest regards to all of our friends in Taiwan,
Dr. Cynthia Maung
Director of Mae Tao Clinic