Video: Refugees, migrants and displaced people along the Thailand-Burma border

October 16, 2018

On October 4, 2018, CGHSR hosted Dr. Cynthia Maung, Founder and Director of the Mae Tao Clinic, to give the talk, "Lives and challenges of refugees, migrants and displaced people along the Thailand-Burma border". 

In the talk, Dr. Maung discusses the situation on the Thailand-Burma border and how the lives of the people have been affected by ongoing conflict and poverty. She includes both the situation in the refugee camps and the challenges that marginalized and displaced populations are facing, (both internally displaced persons (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. Maung explains 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.

Learn more: Dr. Maung's Bio; Recent article about her work by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation who have awarded her the 2018 Roux Award.