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Access to healthcare is a major concern for Burmese migrant workers in Thailand. Although there are some systems in place to help registered migrants gain access to the country’s health care system, those who are undocumented or who live in isolated areas have few protections. 97% of Thai citizens are insured through a government program, but only about 50% of migrants in Phang Nga know that they are insured. There are 100 Thai Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) in 1 of the 48 sub-districts of Phang Nga. There are less than 50 migrant CHVs in the province. Migrants’ children are often unvaccinated, rates of infectious diseases are substantially higher for migrants than for Thai citizens, and working in 3D jobs leads to frequent work injuries. There are 18,000 migrant adults and 5,000 children registered in Phang Nga. There are estimated to be 20,000-30,000 more unregistered. FED Health is the only non-governmental program working to improve the health of a population of 40,000+.
In order to support migrants through the continuum of care, FED Health runs a variety of projects. The dedicated members of this team work in learning centers, in communities, at healthcare facilities, and coordinate with NGOs across Thailand and Myanmar to provide holistic care.