Health Education and Access for Burmese

The aim is to provide health education in schools and communities and access to healthcare through translation and patient advocacy to Burmese migrant workers and their families in Southern Thailand.

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Foundation for Education and Development

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Social causes

Beneficiaries

SDGs covered

Market of Implementation

  • Myanmar
  • , Thailand

Problem

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+.

Solution

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.
  • Health education at migrant learning centers starts children on the right path.
  • Workshops in communities give adults and out-of-school youth and children the necessary skills to prevent and respond to preventable diseases, unplanned pregnancies, and work accidents.
  • Translators at hospitals and clinics not only translate but advocate to ensure migrants receive the care they deserve, even if they have poor language skills.
  • Migrant CHVs provide first aid, primary care, and referrals to migrants in isolated communities all over Phang Nga.
  • Support group meetings and long-term care for those with life-long illnesses give patients safe spaces and mental health support that is not available through any other program.

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