Since 2010 that Suwannimit partnered with Mae Tao Clinic and other local health organizations (CBOs), we have been supporting these organizations to strengthen operational capacity and programming impacts. The clinic and other CBOs have legal risk about unauthorized and unregistering as organization or clinic to operate in Thailand side along Thai-Myanmar border, and Thai language is also a barrier for them. These brought the clinic’s disturbance to move forward and to provides the quality and affordable health care services to the underprivileged people. They were in desperate need of protection from legal risks and to become legally operated clinic under cover of a register organization in Thailand. Thus, advantage of a registered organization – Suwannimit covers this clinic and organizations and supports in coordination with local Thai health authorities, which mechanism and focal point for coordination in between has been clearly established for further collaboration.
- To bridge the coordination among RTG, Thai institutions and CSOs in terms of long-term capacity, relationship, network building.
- To continue to assist Tak Provincial Health Office (PHO) in coordinating with ethnic health clinics in the border.
- To coordinate with MTC in developing a guideline and training for proper patient/nursing care.
- To assist MTC existing services in designing an intervention plan to increase its
- To assist partners in monitoring its workplan to strengthen its operations.
MTC operational capacity and programming impacts
Care and prevention in borderline health
We support MTC not only the operational capacity and programming impacts, but also vaccination order and health matter supply for MTC by coordinating with Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) and Provincial Health Office (PHO). SNF has helped on coordinating with Mae Sot Hospital for 2,000 Hepatitis B vaccines which were received by MTC for disease prevention.
Regarding with infection control in MTC, we support with organizing several trainings to let trainees catch an overall picture about the standards and procedure of infection control and how to exactly follow them in practice. Regarding health collaboration at local and cross-border level, we participate and maintenance of current activities and networking. There were more often that cooperation and collaboration between Thai health authority and Myanmar health providers for patient cross-border referral.
In eye care service, individual screenings for poor vision and/or eye diseases and non-invasive medical treatment and health education serves for migrant populations. This is mainly implemented by the eye department in Mae Tao Clinic. However, the eye surgery for cataract, glaucoma, etc from MTC is another sector that Suwannimit supports and facilitates as a part to continue operating and running as existed services. We cooperate with MTC to provide free eye vision check and glasses dispensing for migrant populations as well as staff of local organizations along border area.
Host University field trip
Suwannimit also hosts and facilitates university students for migrant communities’ field trip and studies. Every year, about 13 university students come for field trip, and we organize and host for their trips.
Sexual Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR) Project
SRHR is a cross border project funded by Sweden Sverige. In Thailand, the project is granted to registered organizations; Suwannimit, Help Without Frontiers (HwF), and MAP Foundation. Suwannimit cooperates in Thai side with partners; Mae Tao Clinic, Burmese Migrant Workers Education Committee (BMWEC) and Burmese Migrant Teacher Association (BMTA). In Myanmar side, only Suwannimit and its partners; Burma Medical Association (BMA), Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW) and Back Pack Health Worker Team (BPHWT) collaborate together to implement this project. Suwannimit mainly takes roles and responsibilities for donor communication, work and budget planning, overseeing the project, staff management, reporting, technical support and capacity building.
Overall goals for the project:
A strengthened Civil Society that enables adolescents and youth in cross-border areas of Myanmar and Thailand to claim and realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights and influence duty bearers to provide quality, youth friendly SRHR services.
- Vulnerable youth, and adolescents, especially girls exposed to migration, adopt positive gender norms, use relevant information, skills and services to exercise and claim their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
- Targeted youth leaders in source and destination countries are able to take collective actions, especially those in support of youth-led initiatives, that help advance SRHR, value girls equally, and prevent violence against girls and young women.
- Civil society, including children, young and women led networks, have strengthened capacity to effectively deliver essential services, empower people at risk and affected by migration to take collective action for claiming their SRH and rights, and influence policies.
- Duty bearers take action to create an enabling environment for young people to promote SRHR and access to quality, youth friendly SRHR services.
This project is implemented with right-based approach to adolescences and youth empowerment through educating, training and empowering about SRHR in Thailand.
Suwannimit and its partners implement with facility-based approach to local clinics of both government control and non-control areas (mix administration zones) through supporting supply, techniques, capacity building and training in Myanmar.
Our Activities in Thailand
Suwannimit collaborates to implement with partnered Mae Tao Clinic, BMWEC and BMTA. It is advantages to collaborate with MTC as MTC has already worked ahead about SRHR and it has community volunteers and Antenatal Care (ANC) and Postnatal Care (PNC), and network about it. There is curriculum development for Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) collaborating together with SRHR staffs from MTC, Child Development Center (CDC) teachers, BMWEC and BMTA staffs, and Suwannimit staffs. The target of CSE is to use as a curriculum for adolescences and youth empowerment at migrant learning centers and it will be later used for community outreach and awareness as well. Curriculum for CSE is currently in the process of developing. And then, Suwannimit and its partners starts outreaching to some areas along Thai-Myanmar border in order to seek opportunities to collaborate with local authorities for adolescences, youth empowerment and gender equality. Suwannimit also advocates with local Thai health authorities regarding to the collaborating and involvement about SRHR and health sectors.
Our Activities in Myanmar
Suwannimit takes lead in implementing SRHR projects with project partners; KDHW, BPHWT and BMA in Myanmar. Suwannimit shares the goals, objectives and indicator of SRHR projects and its partners plan, organize and lead in the areas of mix administration zones in Myanmar. As it is facility-based approach, project partners support supply, medicines and equipment for around 7 – 10 clinics. All project partners do community outreach and awareness, parenting, family planning and gender equality. SRHR policy making led by KDHW is in the process of developing to use at regional levels of mix administration zones and later at national level if applicable in Myanmar.
Suwannimit plans to strengthen in some areas of Thai-Myanmar border about SRHR capacity of adolescences and youth through CSE curriculum and youth leadership. The plan is also to enable environment and supportive to adolescences and youth capacity building. These will be implemented by developing the curriculum for CSE, teaching in the migrant learning centers, empowering youth leader through community engagement by youth and conducting community event and youth leader training. For capacity building, it will be conducted with trainings for several sectors such child protection and case management. For community health workers, and basic parenting and counselling skills training for local parents and teachers will be implemented. Educating and empowering adolescences and youth will be extended in several more areas along Thai-Myanmar border.