Train a Backpack Medic for Burma

SKU: S- 37580

Product ID: 1320833974336
Variant ID: 12247546036288

Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all donations will be matched, up to $12,500!

Help train a mobile health worker to serve isolated communities in need.

The ethnic minorities along the Thai-Burma border suffer limited health care and a health status among the world's worst. Dr. Cynthia's Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand, trains health workers who will then trek through the jungle with literally only the supplies they can carry, in a mission to bring health care to the most isolated communities in eastern Burma. Several have been killed during the trek, either by landmines or government military.

Your donation through this Gift That Gives More™ trains a "backpack medic" at Dr. Cynthia's clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand.

Update from the Field


August 2017

Donors like you helped a total of 76 medics (40 male, 36 female) complete their Medic training program in 2016. Another group of 42 students has begun their studies and they are expected to finish in December. The Medic program includes 3 months of practical sessions. After completion of the internship program, the graduate medics are able to perform in clinical management on different health facility levels. After graduation, the Medics continue to work at MTC, will work at Pa Hite Clinics or return to their ethnic villages to serve their communities in Karen, Kayah, Kayan, Kachin, Pa O and Rakhine ethnic areas.

One patient who has been helped by this program is named Chit Tha Mi (pictured right with her mother) . She is a one-year old girl and was admitted with enlarged lymph nodes. She was also anemic when admitted and was given a blood transfusion, and remained at the clinic for two weeks. Chit Tha Mi's family travelled from Mon State to Myawaddy five years ago, looking for work. The last few years have been unstable for the family as they have moved around a lot in search of employment. Their situation is precarious and sometimes they barely have enough to get through the day. It has been difficult for Chit Tha Mi's older sisters to stay in school.

Before coming to the Mae Tao Clinic, Chit Tha Mi's family went to Myawaddy Hospital, a state-run institution, but the care was not what they had hoped for. Chit Tha Mi's mother explained that the staff at the hospital discriminates against poor people and those who could pay had much better treatment. She likes MTC because it's clean she there is room for her to sleep right next to her baby. The food is good and sufficient; the medical staff is kind and attentive. She feels safe and looked after. She is grateful that this care is not just good but also free of charge.

You can help more families access the care they need. Donate today.

Mae Tao Clinic, founded by Dr. Cynthia Maung in 1988 to serve the flood of displaced Burmese people surging across the border into Thailand, has served tens of thousands of Burmese refugees living in the border region of Mae Sot, Thailand. In November 2007, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy named Dr. Cynthia Maung as the winner of the 2007 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award.

Community Partners International is dedicated to serving the most vulnerable people in Burma/Myanmar's remote villages, underserved central areas and conflict-affected border regions where there is little to no access to health care or public health education. Our global network has partnered with more than 60 local organizations, including the Mae Tao Clinic, collaborating on community-based health projects and providing health skills training, resources, and technical support.

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