Mobile Medical Team
Residents of Pho Pra community lacked access to healthcare as they either cannot afford to travel to the hospital in Mae Sot or they fear being arrested by Thai police at one of the many checkpoints surrounding the city, due to their status as illegal immigrants.
The program managed by Dr. Thin Zaw and his assistants met frequent obstacles in trying to access communities in remote areas, and even more so during the rainy season. Having only a motorcycle to cover a vast area, many communities simply did not receive medical care, particularly during the heavy rains of the monsoon, the peak season for malaria and dengue.
Buy a suitable vehicle to serve as a mobile medical clinic.
Ensure the maintenance of the project, covering the cost of gasoline and medicines to stock the clinic.
Provide information workshops in the communities about preventing disease, health education, and sexual education.
Between April 2012 and January 2015, the doctor and two nurses visited and tended to patients in the communities in an appropriate vehicle, making it easier to transport medicines, to reach remote communities year-round, as well as to transfer very ill patients to the hospital when necessary.
Temporarily, the purchase of medicines was funded by SAW (Social Action Woman), a local organization.
In 2012 we created a specific campaign to raise funds for the medical project. Together with the Parc Cientific at the University of Barcelona, Colabora Birmania was able to fundraise almost the total amount of the project.