In 1989, a few months after leaving Myanmar, Dr. Cynthia Maung and a small group of students opened a makeshift medical clinic in a rickety wooden house on the dusty outskirts of Mae Sot, Thailand. The clinic had virtually no supplies, no money, no one who spoke Thai and (except for Dr. Cynthia) no staff formally trained in medicine.
Two decades later, the Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) has grown into a comprehensive community health center and a hub for regional health training with more than 1,000 graduates serving clinics, schools, villages, factories, camps and slums along both sides of the Thai-Myanmar border. In many remote areas inside Myanmar, the clinic’s former students have become the only sources of medical care.
The staff treats everything from minor maladies to malaria, tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, pneumonia, acute diarrheal diseases, diabetes, epilepsy, thyroid disease, cancer and mental illness. The clinic’s medics are trained in surgery, reproductive health (including labor and delivery), eye health, dental health, prosthetics, pediatrics, lab services, and social work.
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