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Life-Saving Rides on the Burma Border

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A single ride can help save a life.

Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) helps to fund treatment for patients who require complex medical procedures or surgery that is not available on the Thailand-Burma Border. Decades of neglect and repressive military rule have eviscerated Burma's health care system, leaving many people without options for needed medical care. Surgery and other life-threatening conditions require more intensive care beyond the capabilities of the clinics and hospitals currently operating on the border.

Fortunately, treatment is available at a major medical facility in Chiang Mai, Thailand's "Rose of the North," where BCMF covers the cost of treatment. For children undergoing treatment, BCMF also provides accommodations for the child's parents or guardian, allowing them to visit the child and provide support during their time at the hospital.

The journey, however, requires crossing 300 miles of rugged, mountainous terrain latticed with deep, narrow valleys. One of the biggest challenges BCMF faces is finding the funding to get the patients from Mae Sot to Chiang Mai for treatment. For these patients, a ride can mean the difference between life and death.

You can help. Just $25 helps provide this life-saving trip to a hospital and an opportunity for a healthy future.

The Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) was established in 2006 in response to the increasing number of children on the Thai-Burma border who required complex medical procedures or surgery that were not available at local clinics or hospitals. BCMF works to give these patients a chance to a healthy life by funding their medical treatment in Chiang Mai and providing a range of support services before, during, and after treatment.

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