Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Dr. Cynthia

This is the second instance in the freshwater pond where I have mentioned donations to be sent directly to a cause. Given what is happening in Burma right now, I feel this is appropriate.

Dr. Cynthia Maung operates a clinic specifically for Burmese refugees who are able to make it into Thailand. She and her colleagues treat both people leaving Burma and people who seek treatment in Thailand due to lack of healthcare services in Burma and then return home. The clinic offers surgical services, health services, counseling, a blood bank, eye care, primary care etc. They also offer children's services and outreach services to the community surrounding them. Many of these communities include refugees from Burma.

Training is also provided, so that qualified nurses and midwives can return to Burma or get to rural areas to practice healthcare on people who cannot get travel to get the services they need.

The clinic was founded in the uprising in 1988 and is still going strong. North American donations are eligible for tax deductions as the clinic has a charitable partner in both Canada and the US.

Here is the page where money can be donated to people who want to treat the wounded and the shocked. And hopefully this small action can preserve some hope in the lives and bodies of the survivors of a crushing dictatorship.

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