Mae Tao Clinic receives about 200-300 outpatients every day, and 80 percent of its 140 beds for inpatients are occupied on a daily basis.
A sneak peek of a new children’s book portraying 15 everyday heroines of Burma was launched last week in Rangoon.
Starting in 1988 with only four beds, the clinic has developed into a fully-fledged health facility providing inpatient services, surgery, dental care, vaccinations and HIV prevention.
DVB speaks to several Burmese residents of Thailand about what the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej means to them.
The new location will help to accommodate the growing number of people using the clinic, which now serves 150,000 patients a year.
Mismanagement and a chronic lack of funding during 50 years of military rule are the main culprits for the poor state of healthcare in Burma today.