Since 2005, the Foundation for Education and Development (FED) has been addressing the short and long term health needs of Burmese migrant families in Phang Nga province. Most Burmese migrants are afraid to go to Thai hospitals or clinics for fear of discrimination, sub-standard care, arrest and deportation. For others, it is simply not financially feasible. The vast majority of migrants do not get regular health-checkups and some do not even go to the hospital in life threatening situations. In order to combat these problems, FED has created a comprehensive health program that runs a number of projects striving to answer to the needs of the Burmese community.
FED’s dedicated team of health workers supports the migrant community within the limits of its resources and skill. The team is always “on call” to assist migrants and provide long term care to those with chronic health problems such as TB and HIV. The medics provide monthly health checks to all students at the Learning Centers and nurseries. They work alongside staff from MSF at Takuapa Hospital to track and help finance hospitalizations for migrant workers when they do occur. They also disseminate information to local migrant populations on health, hygiene and disease prevention.