We'd like to introduce you to the newest member of the GreaterGood community. He is 11 days old and his name is Htat Win Lin. He's lucky to be here, and it is because his mother sought help at the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand.
Htat Win Lin became the first child born to his Burmese migrant parents who live in a small village in Karen state. This is a village with essentially zero reliable health care facilities, one primary school and where earning a living is incredibly difficult. Htat Win Lin's parents make $9 per day collectively, which is lower than the typical $10 per day minimum wage of a Thai citizen. As you can imagine medical expenses to safely deliver a child were beyond what they could afford. But this month we are pleased to say that Htat Win Lin was safely delivered at Mae Tao Clinic without complication and rested safely with his parents for 11 days post delivery. During this time he received immunizations, a birth certificate (which he would not have received without MTC) and his mother received post natal care before returning to their village. We also wanted to share that during our interview with this new mom, she was so enamored with her new son and could not take her eyes off him and the dad was also incredibly happy that his wife and son were safe and was attentive to them during their time at MTC.
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2018 Monthly Newborn Feature
February - Thi Ha Oo
The village where newborn Thi Ha Oo and his family are from Bago, Myanmar, a village that does not have a health facility, where education only goes up to grade 8 and where his parents work as day laborers earning 11 per day. Since Thi Ha Oo's mother was 4 months pregnant, she began prenatal care at Mae Tao Clinic. In late February, after 3 days of hard labor and with the help of the Mae Tao Clinic reproductive health team she safely delivered Thi Ha Oo! The new family was able to stay at the clinic for 9 days after the birth to recover, receive immunizations, breast feeding support and a birth certificate.
January - Soe Maung
In January Moe Myint gave Soe Maung. Moe Myint is a single mother of three who recently moved from Myanmar to Mae Sot, Thailand, in search of work to support her family, including her parents and older sons whom she left in Myanmar. She lives with a companion who makes THB 200 (USD $6) per day, sometimes less, and lives in a small temporary shelter in the field. Many displaced people from Myanmar live in harsh conditions such as these. When she arrived in Mae Sot, six months pregnant, she began prenatal care at MTC, which was the first time she received prenatal care for any of her children.
Mae Tao Clinic, founded by Dr. Cynthia Maung in 1988 to serve the flood of displaced Burmese people surging across the border into Thailand, has served tens of thousands of Burmese refugees living in the border region of Mae Sot, Thailand. In November 2007, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy named Dr. Cynthia Maung as the winner of the 2007 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award.
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