Vaccination Program Update: Over the last three years the vaccination program was negatively affected by the pandemic. Due to health and government restrictions we were not able to go into the villages that usually benefit from the vaccination program. This resulted in over 800 children who have not received any vaccinations. The cost of vaccines and medical supplies has increased greatly over the last few years so we are currently fundraising to restart the vaccination program. We will continue this program in November 2023, therefore fundraising will be ongoing.
Many villages around the border of Thailand and Burma lack even the most basic health care services. The vaccination program was initiated in 2008 by Baan Dada Children’s Home, along with the help of medics from the Mon National Health Committee (MNHC). This program usually takes place between November and April.
Children receive vaccinations for Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, polio and tuberculosis. Women receive Hepatitis B vaccination and the tetanus vaccination to prevent infection during child delivery, and medics to prevent infection while working.
A total of 27 villages within the borders of Burma, more than 10,000 children and women have benefited from this program so far. Since the vaccination program began, there have been no reported cases of tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps or rubella in the children who were given vaccinations.
BAAN DADA IN THE COMMUNITY
FUNDRAISING PROGRAMS IN TIMES OF NEED
Baan Dada Children’s Home is an active member of its community and strives to relieve poverty and improve healthcare in the region by engaging in a number of community livelihoods, education, and medical projects. These projects directly improve the lives of the villages and also teach our children the importance of giving back to the community.
Ongoing and past infrastructure projects
Infrastructure projects are ongoing according to the need of communities within the borders of Burma. Below is a list of the most recent projects:
Jahuphrao Medical Clinic- nearly 80% finished!
Three elementary schools- completed!
Balaidunpaik medical clinic- completed!
Teacher dormitories- completed!
The children have been collecting rubbish along the road between Sangkhlaburi and Huay Malai in attempts to set an example for the community in regards to environmental consciousness. The children have created power points and banners to educate others at the local schools to become more conscious of our impact on the planet and steps to mitigate climate change
EMERGENCY FOOD AND MEDICAL RELIEF
The ethnic minorities in Burma along the areas bordering Sangkhlaburi have experienced several military intrusions by the Burmese regime. This has caused an enormous influx of refugees fleeing the conflict.
Baan Dada Children’s Home tries to always respond immediately to the needs of the displaced families by providing supplies such as food, water, and a medic to be stationed at the temporary shelters at the Thai Border. Our response to such emergency situations is unfortunately limited due to a lack of funding.
MEDICAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS
EYE CARE PROJECT
This program provides free eye check-ups for the local residents in nearby and remote communities (more than ten villages in Burma as well as numerous villages and communities within Thailand including Sangkhlaburi). General examinations are given and eyeglasses are distributed if needed.
The eye care program is supported by Mr Henning Friedrich, an optometrist from Norway. He helps in his individual capacity to provide funding for children needing further eye consultation or surgery in Bangkok, as the local hospital in Huay Ma Lai is not equipped for such surgeries. More than ten non-Thai children have either received treatment or surgery in Bangkok Children’s Hospital.
Thus far, 17 villages and the city of Sangkhlaburi have received services from this program. Approximately 30,000 examinations and over 100 major surgeries have been provided.
MALARIA PREVENTION PROGRAM
Mosquito nets are distributed every 2 years to families in need along the Thai-Burma border.