Ei Ei Phyo, a newborn baby Thae Nar Nar Aung’s mom, started attending antenatal care at Mae Tao Clinic in the second month of her pregnancy. She came for monthly checks at the clinic and did not attend any other clinic due to the language barrier. She gave birth to a healthy daughter — there were no complications during the delivery. But after TNNA received immunization she became feverish…
Thae Nar Nar Aung (TNNA) is a 5-day-old baby. She is the first child of her parents, who are from Bago division, Burma/Myanmar. The family decided to move to Thailand in search of work as it was hard to find a decent job in their hometown.
It has been almost 1 year since the family moved to Mae Sot in Thailand. TNNA’s father works at a factory and earns around THB 300 (USD 9.6) per day. Although the salary is not enough to cover their daily living expenses, the factory provides accommodation and both parents have legal documents to stay in Thailand.
Ei Ei Phyo, TNNA’s mom, started attending antenatal care at Mae Tao Clinic in the second month of her pregnancy. She came for monthly checks at Mae Tao Clinic and did not attend any other clinic due to the language barrier. She gave birth to a healthy daughter although TNNA’s weight (2.7 kg) was slightly lower than the average weight of a newborn. There were no complications during the delivery. After TNNA received immunization she became feverish, so the health staff at Reproductive Health In-Patient Department (RHIPD) admitted her to monitor her condition. After 6 days of admission, TNNA’s fever has dropped and the family is ready to leave.
The family plans to have only one child. Ei Ei Phyo wants to care for her baby without working. They will live in Thailand for 3 more years, saving some money for the future and then return to Burma. The parents hope TNNA will study hard at school and will work in the health field to help others when she grows up. Ei Ei Phyo was very happy that her baby is born healthy.
“I appreciate that staff at Mae Tao Clinic take good care of my baby and me. All staff are very friendly, kind and non-discriminatory regardless of religions, skin colors or financial condition of patients. Not only their good care but also the education in family planning and nutrition was good,” said Ei Ei Phyo during the interview.
Over the years, we have seen a decrease in the number of women attending reproductive health clinic, mostly due to the improvement of the services along the border. This is also a part of the MTC Health System Strengthening strategies. The decrease in the number of women seen is only for normal deliveries but more complex cases in need of a higher level of care are still seen in Mae Tao clinic. While all numbers conducted at the reproductive health department decreased, a number of women referred for delivery to an advanced-level hospital is slightly increased compared to a previous year (177 to 179). Mae Tao clinic reproductive health team continues to provide care to women through multiple services.
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 Bago is a city and the capital of the Bago Regionin Myanmar. It is located 91 kilometres (57 miles) north-east of Yangon (Capital of Burma/Myanmar). [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bago,_Myanmar]
 At Mae Tao Clinic, annual patient interviews were conducted in August 2017, in total 598 patients were surveyed. Preliminary results show that 65% of patients who attend MTC are female, and that nearly 45% of the patients did not have any kind of Thai immigration status. Only 15% has some form of health insurance.