This project is to provide Myanmar refugees and marginalized people with antenatal care, essential medication and birth kits for safe home delivery. They cannot access appropriate healthcare services due to the Thai-Myanmar border closure caused by COVID-19 lockdown and numerous barriers. GCS would supply antenatal care visit screening and birth kits for pregnant women in hard-to-reach area. Also, GCS supports birth registration fee for newborns to get basic social service as global citizens.
Many have fled Myanmar due to armed conflicts and continued economic hardships, displaced in mountainous areas in Thailand along the border. They have limited access to medical care. For many, only affordable medical services are provided at Mae Tao Clinic, located in a border city. However, the COVID-19 lockdown and the following strict measures have blocked the only way for people to go to the clinic. People in hard-to-reach areas need urgent essential health care services.
In cooperation with Mae Tao Clinic, we would deliver antenatal care medication and birth kits containing essential hygiene supplies for pregnant women and midwives in hard-to-reach areas. Also, we help to issue the vital legal document. With the certificate, children are protected from human trafficking and labor exploitation. Having the official birth certificate ensures minimum access to basic education and medical service regardless of parents of children's legal status.
Providing antenatal care and medication, hundreds of marginalized women would be able to maintain the basic health. Birth kits give babies and moms a healthy start in life, decreasing infant mortality rate. In case of complications, trained traditional birth attendants would refer the moms to hospital for advanced care. Birth registration is the first step for babies to enjoy the fundamental rights and we could raise awareness through the health education upon the visit.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).