Saturday, August 31, 2013

Japan to aid Thai clinic for Myanmar refugees

Jiji Press

BANGKOK (Jiji Press)—Japan has signed an agreement to provide 2,994,500 baht in grant aid to a Thai clinic for Myanmar refugees.

The money will be used to help relocate the clinic in the northern Thai town of Mae Sot, as its aging building has raised concerns over in-hospital infections.

The signing took place Friday in Bangkok between Japanese Ambassador to Thailand Shigekazu Sato and Cynthia Maung, the doctor who serves as director of the Mae Tao Clinic.

Cynthia, who is a member of Myanmar’s Karen ethnic minority, founded the clinic with friends in 1989.

Run by donations from supporters, the hospital provides free treatment to Myanmar refugees in Thailand who fled persecution in their country, as well as Myanmar people who cannot afford medical care. It treats 150,000 patients annually.

The clinic plans to relocate within the border town with Myanmar and improve its facilities by adding a new blood transfusion room.