Refugees, migrants and displaced people along the Thailand-Burma border: A talk with Dr. Cynthia Maung
Welcome - Shailey Prasad - Executive Director, University of Minnesota Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility
Introduction to refugee health initiatives at the University of Minnesota - Bill Stauffer, Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School; Co-Director UMN/CDC Global Health Course
Lives and challenges of refugees, migrants and displaced people along the Thailand-Burma border
Cynthia Maung, Founder and Director of the Mae Tao Clinic
Dr Cynthia Maung will discuss the situation on the Thailand-Burma border and how the lives of the people have been affected by ongoing conflict and poverty. She will include both the situation in the refugee camps and the challenges that marginalized and displaced populations are facing. (Both internally displaced person (IDP) in Burma and undocumented migrants in Thailand.) These continuous challenges include barriers to live a dignified life in respect of all human rights with future perspective for the youth and adolescents.
Dr Cynthia Maung will explain how Mae Tao Clinic and partner organizations along the border and in Eastern Burma are providing essential services to vulnerable populations that are often left out of Thai and Burmese government programs, including how our regional network is advocating for human rights and change with Thai and Burmese institutions.
Dr Cynthia Maung
Dr. Cynthia Maung is the Founder and Director of the Mae Tao Clinic which provides free health care for refugees, migrant workers, and others who cross the border from Burma to Thailand. A Karen physician trained in Yangon, Myanmar, Dr. Maung fled to the Thai-Burma Border during the violent 1988 protests. On the border, she started a small clinic for those who fled and it expanded to what the Mae Tao Clinic is today - an inpatient/outpatient medical center that provides a wide variety of health services to target population of approximately 150,000 on the Thai-Burma border and provides consultations over 100,000 patients annually. She is the recipient of multiple international awards for her work.