SAW’s Mobile Medical Team has been touring to assist medical needs of the migrants living Phop Phra area on every Sunday since on December 15, 2000. Phop Phra area is high land, where the agricultural sector has boomed, in Mae Sot. Starting from the focal point of Phop Phra area called 42km where the best school is located,Mobile Medical Team usually takes tour to treat the patients on every Sunday. It had delivered babies and nurtured them until they were 3months old. In one case, it has to make home visit for a 6years old polio patient regularly, and transferred her to a hospital for medical operation. As usual, it will make a final stop at HOPE school where the patients, health workers and the school committee members are waiting for help or to discuss about health related issues.
InPhopPhra area, most of Burmese migrants, who don’t have proper legal documents to live in Thailand, normally seek for agriculture and construction jobs. They have many problems like low wages, fear of persecution and difficulty to go to a hospital as illegal immigrants. That’s the reason Social Action for Women (SAW) has formed the Mobile Medical Team led by Dr. Htin Zaw to assist their medical needs.