Fleeing Myanmar: healthcare for refugees

by Fondazione La Stampa Specchio dei tempi onlus
Fleeing Myanmar: healthcare for refugees
Fleeing Myanmar: healthcare for refugees
Fleeing Myanmar: healthcare for refugees
Fleeing Myanmar: healthcare for refugees
Fleeing Myanmar: healthcare for refugees
Fleeing Myanmar: healthcare for refugees

While 2021 is coming to an end, there is a special message we want to share with you: small acts of kindness and love, especially if repeated over time, can make the difference.

We are saying that because any new monthly donation started before December 17 will be matched at 200% by GlobalGiving after four (4) total payments – that means, if you start today, in March your offer will be tripled!

And the situation in Myanmar remains critical: we are running (and plan to intensify) free health clinics both for migrants in Ranong, Thailand, and for locals in Kawthaung, Myanmar. We still need your support.

Thank you for all your help, since this project started. We wish you Happy Holidays and the best for the incoming New Year with our warmest gratitude and a quotation that drives our everyday job:

Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.
~Gandalf (J.R.R. Tolkien ~ The Hobbit)

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The situation in Myanmar is getting more and more complicated.

Over the border, in the Thai city of Ranong, we provide daily medical treatments to Burma migrants (hosted in the football stadium) with a new free health clinic, in close synergy with the Catholic priest Suwat Luangsaard. The patients are primarily women and children, fleeing Myanmar because of the violent political condition.

Meanwhile, in southern Myanmar, in Kawthaung, in an area plagued by malaria and dengue, child prostitution, A.I.D.S., and the illegal drug market, we run free medical clinics; in the past, we have also organized several missions of Italian doctors to train local staff.

Our work will intensify in the following months to give hope to a country torn by recent political tensions that could lead to further impoverishment.

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A couple of months ago, Thai government put the country in a new, partial lockdown, whose restrictions will likely be maintained until at least the end of August. The logical aftermath: it was hard, extremely hard, to physically make the project a reality.

Moreover, the administrative authority created new complications regarding the permanent clinic, whose work faced troubles and obstacles: the operators now are required to be Thai, but they obviously need to speak Burmese, among other characteristics.

So, what could we do?

If in Thailand our efforts looked to bring less benefits than what we expected, we decided to shift our focus on the other side of the border. And here we are working: our doctors and nurses on the Burmese side are helping refugees, sent back by the Thai authorities, by providing them with food and medicine they need.

A massive getaway from Myanmar and new Coronavirus outbreaks: this is a double emergency and we are going to double our work.

Thank you for your support.

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Fondazione La Stampa Specchio dei tempi onlus

Location: Torino, Italia - Italy
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Angelo Conti
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