Nestled deep in the hills of Western Thailand, the Tham Hin refugee camp is a patchwork of bamboo huts housing nearly 8,000 people. Most of the camp’s residents are refugees from Myanmar who have fled war and upheaval in their homeland and have lived in the camp for years, or in some cases, decades. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is the camp’s sole provider of health care, including the vital service of training and providing midwives. Each year, 15 IRC-trained midwives examine and support hundreds of women and children in the camp. The examinations can detect potentially life-threatening conditions such as infections, severe anemia or an abnormal position of the fetus, in time for treatment and referral to hospitals outside the camp.Photos and text by Peter Biro/The IRC
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