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Patient Social Support

As well as taking care of the medical concerns of patients, MTC also takes care of as many of the social aspects of patients and their families as is possible.

Food for patients and attending family

There are 13 staff, one female and 12 male working at kitchen/food department. Food program providing two meals to 750 to 800 patients and attending family average per day and providing rice soup to patients admitted in Medical IPD. Extra provisions are given during eye surgery times for eye surgery patients and their families. In January to June Mae Tao Clinic conducted eye surgery four times. There were about 1,200 eye surgery patients and care takers receiving two meals a day each time.

It is sometimes difficult to manage food for patients and attending family as food continues to increase in price but the budget does not.

Read more about the kitchen and food programme at MTC here.  

Supplementary feeding programmes

Nutritional supplementation is offered for children and pregnant women as necessary. However, since April 2010, supplementary feeding for Child OPD and Reproductive Health were stopped due to budget constraints. Powdered milk is offered for babies with mothers who test HIV positive, to prevent mother to child transmission up to one year of age, as well as for special cases such as abandoned babies and neonatal admission in RH-IPD up to 2 months of age. Milk powder is also offered to Child IPD admissions up to one year of age with conditions such as premature birth, low birth weight (< 2kg), twins, maternal death, and malnutrition. Since January 2011 through RH-OPD, pregnant women who are suffering from anaemia receive eggs – nine eggs per woman, per month.

Maternity and PMTCT kits

Maternity kits containing hygienic materials are given to pregnant women who intend to deliver outside the Clinic. Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) kits are given to mothers who test HIV positive to take precautions against HIV transmission from mother to child.

Supplementary Nursing Care for HIV/AIDS Patients

HIV/AIDS patients often require extra care to attend to their needs while being admitted to the inpatients wards of MTC. However, some patients are without any family members to assist them.

There are 9 peer counsellors from VCT that share in the care of these patients on a rotation of two persons per day for these patients, MTC has arranged for those volunteers to support these patients and provides a small stipend for these services.

To learn more about PMTCT and HIV at MTC, see the page on HIV 

Patient Transport

Transportation for patients is provided as is necessary. Some patients need regular follow-ups to receive treatment, for example PMTCT and ARV treatment, malaria follow up visits, and prosthetic patients. But many patients spend the little money they have to come to the Clinic and often do not have the money to pay for their transportation back home.

Patient House

MTC has a patient house which provides accommodation for those who are not able to easily return to MTC for follow-up care (generally because they live in Burma, across the border). Examples of the types of patients that live in the Patient House are pregnant women who are at high risk and therefore awaiting delivery at MTC, patients waiting for referral to Chiang Mai, patients awaiting surgical appointments or those with large wounds which need constant dressing changes but do not need to be admitted, and patients who need follow-up on malaria cases 3 days after treatment ends.

The Patient house is managed by public relations department.

Support for vulnerable long-term patients

MTC supports a number of vulnerable long-term patients, many of whom have disabilities. Most of these patients live on the premises of the Clinic and some help the operations of the Clinic in various departments.

Funeral services

Funeral costs are covered by MTC when necessary. Deceased patient bodies are routinely handled by contractors for cremation or burial by Medical IPD. The public relations department sometimes supports families with the cost of funeral services and funeral religion activities.