Taiwan Government has been supporting Mae Tao Clinic in terms of health service and facilities for eight years since 2008. This year, 2017, is the 9th year for Taiwan Government to continue its humanitarian support at Thailand-Myanmar border by cooperating with Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) and Suwannimit Foundation (SNF) to improve the health care service and facilities for the disadvantaged and vulnerable people from Myanmar living at this border area, including migrant workers and refugees.
Moreover, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) has been health care and treatment for 150,000 displaced people at Thailand-Myanmar border and Suwannimit Foundation (SNF) is a Thai-registered agency mainly supporting the work of MTC in terms of enhancing programmatic impact, operational capacity, and financial sustainability. The Taiwan Government has also been devoted its efforts to foreign aid around the world and involving in direct and indirect humanitarian assistance for the people in need. In addition, Taiwan Government is the first Asian country, followed by Japan, to involve in humanitarian aid at Thailand-Myanmar border.
For this continuous cooperation among TECO, MTC, and SNF, the signing ceremony of Grant Agreement was held at Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Thailand, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan, on 14th June 2017. This grant is mainly to support MTC in terms of improving its health facilities and equipment for health service, which the amount of this grant is USD 100,000 as one-year project. The Grant Agreement was signed by Mr. Paul Puo-Suz Shek, Acting Representative of TECO, and countersigned by Dr. Cynthia Maung, Director of MTC and Ms. Pattinee Suanprasert, Executive Director of SNF.
Mr. Paul Puo-Suz Shek, Acting Representative of TECO expressed his admiration for the work of MTC and mentioned that such humanitarian assistance is one of important works of diplomatic policy on which Taiwan Government focuses. Dr. Cynthia was also on behalf of MTC and SNF to appreciate to the kind support of Taiwan Government and look forward to cooperating with Taiwan Government more in terms of humanitarian work at Thailand-Myanmar border.