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Acclaimed Thai-Myanmar border clinic under threat

Australian government ends funding in December
Acclaimed Thai-Myanmar border clinic under threat

Picture: Mae Tao Clinic

Published: November 07, 2013 06:25 AM GMT
Updated: November 06, 2013 08:12 PM GMT

Australian government aid money that has helped save the lives of thousands of people from Burma coming to Mae Tao Clinic, on the Thai-Burma border for critical treatment, is to stop.

APHEDA the Australian Trade Union overseas aid provider estimates that as many 45,000 people coming to Mae Tao Clinic have received critical medical treatment this year alone from Australian government aid.

The Australian Government has said that it will not continue to fund Mae Tao Clinic the Aus$450,000 it now gives beyond December 2013, as the government’s priority is now to prepare Burmese refugees for repatriation, conditions permitting.

Karen News is led to understand from Australian government documents that the Mae Tao Clinic’s proposal for partially funding was not successful as it did not match the objectives of [the Australian government’s] new focus.

In 2011 the Burma government introduced a number of reforms. Despite the reforms many of the people coming to Mae Tao Clinic cannot access or afford health care in their own country. Burma has the lowest expenditure on health care in South East Asia.

Despite Burma’s government increasing spending on health care in 2013, the rise brought healthcare spending to a paltry 3.9% of the country’s total budget.

Sam Carter, a health economist told Karen News that, “Burma is the only developing country in Southeast Asia where spending on the military is higher than combined spending on healthcare and education.”

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Source:Karen News


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