Late to this, but I had a great time photographing in the Mae Tao Clinic for @vicenews #repost
The “miracle clinic” is not easy to find. A few miles east of the Myanmar border, down an unmarked road surrounded by farmland outside the Thai town of Mae Sot, a cluster of tiny restaurants appears like an oasis, selling noodles, cold drinks, and snacks. Behind the shops, a gaggle of motorbike taxi drivers in bright orange vests rest in the shade waiting for their next fare. Nearly everyone passing by seems to have a young child, a baby, or one on the way.
It’s a calm scene, and it belies the vital role the Mae Tao Clinic has played for nearly three decades in the middle of the world’s longest-running civil war. Around 350 people arrive here every day seeking all kinds of care — ophthalmology, surgery, acupuncture — but maternal health is Mae Tao’s specialty. Since 1989, it’s helped tens of thousands of women through healthy pregnancies and births, serving generations of Burmese migrants and refugees in both Thailand and Myanmar with nowhere else to turn. Mae Tao provides access to trained staff, life-saving equipment, and resources like infant vaccinations and birth certificates for free. The record year for deliveries was 2012, when 3, 500 babies were born. Patients call it the “miracle clinic” because it seems too good to be true.
Click the link in bio to read more about the “miracle clinic” (📸 by @deciccaphoto) #thailand #health #asia #clinic