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Mae Tao Clinic - Malaria Treatment Program
The Mae Tao Clinic plays a vital role in protecting the health of displaced and migrant communities from Burma along the Thai-Burma border. Malaria is the major burden of disease in this population leading to high morbidity and mortality amidst increased drug resistance. The Mae Tao Clinic has established a Malaria Treatment Program to not only treat, but also monitor malaria cases update the health care professionals along the border area about the situation in order to develop more effective strategies for prevention, treatment and drug efficiency. The Hussman Foundation provided a three-month interim grant between donors to keep the Mae Tao Clinic's Malaria Treatment Program in full operation treating an average of 600 patients per month.
Global Health Access Program (GHAP)
Due to abysmal health care resources in Burma and along its borders, especially for displaced populations, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, lymphatic filariasis (elephantitis) and many other treatable diseases run rampant. Sporadic and informal channels for accessing health services and drugs are leading to alarming increases in drug-resistance. For women, poor living conditions and lack of health care hit especially hard; in some areas, 1 in 12 women dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. GHAP works with local organizations to introduce proven technologies and develop health programs that are appropriate for indigenous health workers working with mobile populations in volatile environments. The John P. Hussman Foundation supports GHAP pilot programs to train and equip local health workers to screen, prevent and treat malaria, tuberculosis and filariasis along Burma’s borders. The TB program will benefit an estimated 11,000 people; the lympathic filariasis pilot will benefit an estimated 11,200 people; the malaria program, an estimated 30,000 people. Support for GHAP’s Mobile Obstetric Medic (MOM) project includes antenatal care, iron and folate supplementation, basic emergency obstetric care, clean delivery training and kits, and essential newborn and neonatal care for an estimated target population of 130,000 along Burma’s borders with Thailand, India and China. For details, please visit www.ghap.org.
Sweet Home Orphanage
Emergency funding was provided to the Sweet Home Orphanage for refugee and migrant children from Burma found along the northern Burma-Thai border without family. Sweet Home Orphanage's long time donor passed away and their funding was abruptly stopped pending the settlement of the estate. The orphanage sought temporary support from The Hussman Foundation for school supplies, clothing, health care, utility costs and supplementary food for the orphans. The home has a garden and also produces crafts for sale, but cannot entirely depend on this income. The director of the orphanage also provides language classes to the orphans and others in the community everyday. These classes are very popular and are held six days a week throughout the year. The director of the orphanage has also been successful in negotiating attendance for all orphans at the Thai school and is also in the process of securing Thai identity cards for each of the orphans.
Buddies Along the Road Side Project
Buddies along the Road Side Project works with street children at the border crossing between Burma and Thailand. The street children are from Burma and enter Thailand illegally without documentation often recruited to work for others in begging rackets, garbage collecting, selling of goods or prostitution. Buddies along the Road Side began in 2003 with an outreach program on the streets and has expanded over the past four years with a drop in center at the border and a shelter several hours away from the gangs and traffickers many are indebted to. Currently there are over 40 children at the shelter, the drop-in shelter sees hundreds of children every month providing hot meals, health care and other support services as possible. The shelter staff also continue to go out on the streets each day to meet with children there, providing hot meals and information about other services available to them. The Hussman Foundation provided a three-month grant for the operational costs of the project while awaiting confirmation of long term funding.

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