Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.1

Throughout 2016, Mae Tao Clinic, especially the Child Protection Department built a closer relationship with the Thai Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS). Procedures and protocols were strengthened especially for children who were abandoned or cases of abuse. The number of children, teachers, case referral system and standard of care was assessed in our Boarding Houses by our Boarding House Working group together with the MSDHS. The involvement of MSDHS ensured child care services that are provided by Community Based Organizations have received priority. The Coordination Team for Displaced Children Education and Protection Boarding house working group has been involved in the process of shelters and boarding house registration. This collaboration has strengthened this working group network.

In addition, we were fortunate to be able to strengthen our partnerships with many institutions within Burma and Thailand in 2016. These included universities, government agencies and hospital facilities. Our relationship with Mae Sot hospital is over 25 years strong now have further good relationships with other border Thai public hospitals such as Umphang and Tha Song Yang Hospital. Tha Song Yang hospital hosted our practical nursing training and our nursing trainees were able to learn first hand from the Thai nurses. We were very fortunate to be able to send some of our senior staff to Khon Kaen University to start their Master’s of Public Health. This is a great opportunity for our staff and partners to receive an accredited degree in Thailand. We continue to work with Thammasat University for our staff and partners to receive the Certificate of Public health which is also accredited and recognized in Burma and Thailand. 62 staff attended the Certificate of Health Facility Management at Khon Kaen University which was a great opportunity for senior management who will not only work in MTC, will also be part of our Health Systems Strengthening project. We have been partnering with INGOs on capacity building of our health workers. Our staff continuously receive various training in Maternal and Child Health, Emergency Obstetrics, Pharmacy Management, Nursing Aide training, Medic Level II.

SDGs Targets Supported by Mae Tao Clinic

  • Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation
  • By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts


  1. United Nations SDGs Offical Webpage: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/globalpartnerships/