Like the majority of villagers, Aye Aye Aung and her husband have no health insurance that is why Mae Tao Clinic is the only affordable and accessible health facility for them.
“I am always scared of being arrested by a police officer. Regardless of this kind of disadvantage, we don’t know when we will go back to Burma as the job situation is much better here.”
26 years old Aye Aye Aung’s first baby, Swe Thu Ta Maung, was born 2 days ago at Mae Tao Clinic. Aye Aye Aung and her husband are from Burma. From their hometown, they moved to Yangon last year to search work but it was challenging to get a proper and stable job. So they eventually decided to move to Mae Sot area, Thailand, hoping to find better jobs.
Both Aye Aye Aung and her husband are hired as daily workers, depending on the availability of work. Each earns 200 THB (US$ 6.4) per day. In the village where they live, there are many migrant workers. Like the majority of villagers, Aye Aye Aung and her husband have no legal documents to reside in Thailand. She says that is why Mae Tao Clinic is the only affordable and accessible health facility for them.
Aye Aye Aung became aware of her pregnancy around 3 months in after taking a urine pregnancy test at home. Since the 4th month of pregnancy, she started visiting Mae Tao Clinic for checkups. Thankfully her house is close to the clinic.
Two days ago, she started feeling contractions, went to Mae Tao Clinic and delivered a healthy baby without complications. The newborn son, Swe Thu Ta Maung received the first-round vaccinations and birth certificate.
“We are glad to have a baby. Frankly, we were quite worried when we learned that we would have a baby soon because it is our first child. Nonetheless, health staff at the clinic have been providing useful health education on nutrition, breastfeeding, and infant care, etc., and it is very helpful.
Although we’d like to have one more child we want to wait at least for 4 years until we can afford.
Living in a foreign country without proper documentation is not easy. Last time, for example, when I was on my way to go somewhere, I was arrested by a police officer and was fined 3,000 THB (US$ 95). Regardless of this kind of disadvantage, we don’t know when we will go back to Burma as the job situation is much better here.
We greatly appreciate that Mae Tao Clinic provides great services and health staff are very attentive and good caretakers. We’d like to thank people who support this good cause as well. We cannot imagine how we could manage to afford the delivery cost and medical cost without your support.”
We aim to ensure specific training for our midwives, improved clinical supervision and improved infection control in the delivery room. We regularly review the patients we referred and monitor our referral outcomes. Of 2,327 admissions to Reproductive Health In-patient Department in 2017, 2,152 babies were safely delivered at Mae Tao Clinic while 179 women (7.7%) were referred to Mae Sot General Hospital for advanced emergency obstetric care.
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 Yangon served as the capital of Burma/Myanmar until 2006, when the military government relocated the capital to the purpose-built city of Naypyidaw in central Myanmar. With over 7 million people, Yangon is Myanmar’s largest city and its most important commercial centre.
 Mae Sot is a city in western Thailand that shares a border with Burma to the west. It is notable as a trade hub and for its substantial population of Burmese migrants and refugees. Mae Tao Clinic is located in Mae Sot [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mae_Sot]