Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) is a specialist clinic for refugees from Myanmar (Burma) that is run by refugees of various ethnic backgrounds from Myanmar, with a few western doctors assisting. There are 150 inpatient beds, a small operating theater (no GA), delivery rooms, busy outpatient departments, a child health clinic and reproductive health clinics.
MTC was founded and is directed by Dr. Cynthia Maung, to provide free health care for refugees, migrant workers, and other individuals who cross the border from Myanmar to Thailand. People of all ethnicity and religions are welcome at the clinic. Its origins go back to the student pro-democracy movement in Myanmar in 1988 and the brutal repression by the regime of this movement. The fleeing students who needed medical attention were attended in a small house in Mae Sot.
Since 1989 MTC has grown, from that one small house to a large clinic that provides a wide variety of health services to different groups of people. Today it serves a target population of approximately 150,000 on the Thai-Myanmar border. Exact numbers are hard to calculate due to the fluidity of the population but about 50% of those who come to MTC for medical attention are migrant workers in the Mae Sot area and the other 50% travel across the border to receive care.
The Mae Tao Clinic has several stated objectives:
- To provide health services for displaced Burmese populations along the Thailand-Burma border.
- To provide initial training of health workers and subsequent corollary medical education.
- To strengthen health information systems along the border.
- To improve health, knowledge, attitudes, and practices within local Burmese populations.
- To promote collaboration among local ethnic health organizations.
- To strengthen networking and partnering with international health professionals and institutions.
In recognition of her contribution to humanitarian healthcare, Dr Cynthia Muang has received many honours and commendations for the Clinic’s humanitarian work, including the following:
- 2017 Baptist World Alliance Honors Cynthia Maung’s Work at the Mae Tao Clinic (USA)
- 2016 AIDEX Humanitarian Hero Award (UK)
- 2015 The 25th Ilga Foundation Award for Public Service (South Korea)
- 2013 Sydney Peace Prize (Austrailia)
- 2013 The One International Humanitarian Award (Hong Kong)
- 2012 National Endowment for Democracy’s 2012 Democracy Award (USA)
- 2009 Inspiration Model Award from “Khon Khon Khon”, Thai Television Programme (Thailand)
- 2008 Catalonia International Prize along with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (Spain)
- 2007 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award (Taiwan Foundation for Democracy)
- 2007 World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child Honorary Award (Children’s World Association, Sweden)
- 2005 1,000 Women Nobel Peace Prize Nomination (Global)
- 2005 Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award (The Dalai Lama and Wisdom in Action, USA)
- 2005 The Eighth Global Concern for Human Life Award (Chou-Ta Kuan Foundation, Taiwan)
- 2005 Included in Time Magazine’s November Article on 18 Global Health Heroes
- 2002 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (Philippines)
- 2001 Foundation for Human Rights in Asia Special Award (Japan)
- 2001 Van Hueven Goedhart Award (Netherlands)
- 1999 Jonathan Mann Health and Human Rights Award (USA)
- 1999 American Women’s Medical Association President’s Award (USA)
- 1999 John Humphries Freedom Award (Canada)
|Hospital type||General Clinic|
|Local language||Burmese and/or Karen is spoken with patients. Different levels of English among staff, but there will always be a staff member around that can speak English to you.|
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