Dental care for the vulnerable people in refugee camps, migrant schools and other facilities.
Providing dental training for medics in refugee camps and other facilities.
Dental prevention and regular check-ups for students .
Providing volunteer opportunities to vitalize activities.
After gaining independence as the Union of Burma in 1948, Myanmar (Burma) fell into a de-facto state of civil war the following year, when the Karen people's fight for independence began in earnest. In 1988, many refugees flowed across the Thai border due to an oppressive military regime. It is said that refugees numbered more than 150,000. Nine refugee camps were administered by the Thai government, and their total population in 2012 numbers approximately 140,000. In addition to people living at camps, there were many impoverished people and farmers living along the Thai and Myanmar (Burma) border who were forced into hard labor.
Many refugees would like to receive dental care.
The children have never been taught how to brush their teeth.
The priorities for medical initiatives in war-torn regions and refugee camps are emergency treatment and responses relating to life-threatening situations. Even though there is a great need for dental treatmentmany go without. Refugees have been forced to live in Myanmar (Burma) Refugee Camps for more than 20 years. Unfortunately, no dentists have been actively assigned to this region for a long time. In refugee camps with 140,000 residents, the only kind of dental treatment available was tooth extraction. We have now started dental treatment initiatives in three refugee camps in the region.
We also provide support for migrant learning centers established for Myanmar (Burma) refugees. There are many young children among those who escaped to Thailand. There are also children with no nationality who were born and raised in Thailand. These children do not have a right to be educated in Thailand. It is because of these issues that migrant learning centers were established in Thailand.
No one had taught the children who attend these schools how to brush their teeth. In the Mae Sot precinct alone, it is said that there are more than 50 migrant learning centers. We aim to visit as many of these centers as possible and do our best to look after the children's teeth.