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Recent work on the Thai-Burma border where communities of Burmese have lived for decades without employee, health and human rights

Dr Mary Ditton

Migrants, asylum seekers and their health and human rights are important topics for humanitarian research which is a branch of applied research that deals with abuse of power and its effect on populations. This paper reports on recent work on the Thai-Burma border where communities of Burmese have lived for decades without employee, health and human rights. The health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were investigated in communities (“clusters”) of migrants from Burma living in villages in the Sangkhlaburi District of Thailand, adjacent to the Thai-Burma border. Hunger was experienced regularly in 70% of the households, and 26% of children under 5 years were underweight. Malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS were prevalent. Few households took part in family planning, and there were many large families and disabled children. The health of the migrant populations was compromised by poverty, social exclusion, and under- or unemployment. Stakeholders in discussion groups concurred with the authors that tuberculosis detection and treatment and food production activities were important issues to address in developing projects to improve migrant health.

ISSHR Conference, 6- 8 October 2011, Tbilissi, Georgia.
Health and Human Rights: Doing Justice, Building Capacity
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Dr Mary Ditton

Senior Lecturer/Course Coordinator for Health Services Management , Faculty of The Professions, School of Health, University of New England, Australia

"I have travelled to Thailand seven of eight times over the last few years with various research projects into primary health care in the rural areas, developing teaching curricula for the rural health workforce, and studying the plight of the migrants from Burma in Thailand. The later project area will probably occupy me for a long time, as poverty and migration are very significant international public health issues. I have colleagues in Churlalongkorn University and Assumption University in Bangkok and good rapport with Non-Government Organisations that offer good advice with this research." from:   http://www.une.edu.au/staff/mditton3.php

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