Healthcare Capacity Development Programme 

AAI has been assisting Karen, Mon, Kareni and Burmese refugees in Thailand and Burma since 2005 and supports a Healthcare Capacity Development Programme in association with the Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW) and Global Health Access Program (GHAP), a partner non-government organisation (NGO). The programme was specifically designed for medics who live in Burma and support local communities with healthcare. The  programme is extensive and has had a significant effect on saving lives and diminishing the suffering of displaced populations.

Decades of political instability, administrative challenges and economic isolation have steadily eroded Burma’s national infrastructure, public services and living standards. Almost a decade of trade and economic sanctions has left Myanmar with high foreign debt and fiscal problems. The military regime is developing its offshore gas resources, which find a ready market in China and India. This energy development has provided Burma with enough power in recent years to ensure China and India shield it from international criticism in regional forums and where possible, within the United Nations.

Eastern Burma is the most heavily mined area in the world, with approximately 1500 landmine casualties annually. Villagers also report "atrocity demining" whereby the Burmese Army forces locals to walk in front of soldiers as human minesweepers, often as porters and sometimes dragging a heavy log across the path.  



Get Involved! Project - Mae Sot 

Hway Ka Loke is one of the migrant schools operating in Mae Sot trying to meet the educational needs of displaced families and their children. Learning centres in the border regions such as Hway Ka Loke are the only providers of education for displaced children and rely on the support of international donors and programs such as this. Access Aid International’s Thailand Get Involved! Project is conducted in the town of Mae Sot on the Thai-Burma border. Mae Sot is primarily home to Burmese refugees and economic migrants. There are a multitude of issues facing these displaced communities including access to health care, education and formal recognition.

To assist these migrant schools, and the children, AAI and the organisation Women With a Mission have developed a program that enables the migrant school Hway Ka Loke to equip its students with the necessary English skills to succeed in their education and therefore improve their employment prospects in the future.

The objectives of the Get Involved! Project are:

• To improve access to English education for children as well as improving their general knowledge, art skills, leadership, creativity and sense of worth

• To improve status and well-being of the student through education, 

• To create access to higher education, and

• To encourage an atmosphere free of fear.

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