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Mae Tao: Saving lives on the Thailand-Myanmar border
June 9, 2010
By Peter Biro
In the northern Thai town of Mae Sot I recently met U Mya Aye, a Burmese farmer suffering from tuberculosis. Unable to pay for treatment and in debt after paying for costly chest X-rays, the 53-year-old was told about the Mae Tao Clinic. Located across the border in Thailand, the International Rescue Committee-supported clinic provides free health care to tens of thousands of Burmese refugees and migrants each year.
Mae Tao includes an emergency room, 200 hospital beds, surgical, maternity, and eye-care wards, a laboratory and a blood bank. There is even a prosthetics workshop which makes and fits artificial limbs for patients who have stepped on one of the many landmines that litter the border area.
Read a story about the clinic here.
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