Hope for Burma
The situation in Burma is stark. Refugees crossing over to Thailand are desperate for health care. Ying Ying Liew visits a clinic on the border
- By: Ying Ying Liew
What I encountered during my one month stint in Mae Tao clinic was compelling. I decided to traverse a turbid medical territory, unconfined to the institution but subject to various social, political and economic forces. The biomedical approach had to take a backseat allowing a human rights approach to rise to the fore. It urged me to share with you some accounts that reflect the tenacious grip between human rights violation and its health repercussions.
Mae Tao clinic is a clinic in exile. Located near the border of Thailand and Burma (also known as Myanmar)1 in Mae Sot (northern Thailand) it provides free medical treatment for all since it was founded by Dr Cynthia Maung, a refugee who fled to Thailand in 1988 amid the turbulent period of student uprising in Burma. The situation in Burma had never been the same since the military staged a coup in 1962 against