A project of GlobeMed
GlobeMed at Emory partners with MAP Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand to empower Burmese migrant workers and their families.
Who we are// GlobeMed at Emory
Founded in 2011, GlobeMed at Emory is one of 50 chapters dedicated to strengthening the movement for global health equity and improving the health of the impoverished around the world. We partner with MAP Foundation, a grassroots organization in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to empower Burmese migrant communities.
Our Partner// MAP Foundation
MAP Foundation (Migrant Assistance Program) is a grassroots Thai non-governmental organization that seeks to empower migrant communities from Burma living and working in Thailand. MAP was established in 1996 and has been working to improve migrant rights in the fields of health, labor, and women’s rights. MAP works towards a vision of the future where people from Burma have the right to stay securely within their home country as well as the right to migrate safely and where the human rights and freedoms of all migrants are fully respected and observed.
Our Project// $5000 to educate and provide shelter for Burmese migrant workers
Most migrant communities are remote and isolated from Thai mainstream society. Migrants in Thailand face significant health problems since their living conditions are typically temporary and unsanitary. Moreover, migrant workers face dangerous working conditions. These factors directly affect migrant health both at work and at living sites.
We aim to support two projects that will help empower Burmese migrants and reduce exploitation of migrants:
--Migrant Health and Wellbeing Training Program: This program aims to provide a space for rural migrant communities to learn about health issues, their health and human rights, and how they can access health care, education, and other programs provided by the Thai state. This year, GlobeMed seeks to support 5 comprehensive training sessions in one rural migrant community.
--Emergency House: GlobeMed at Emory will support the operations of an Emergency House that provides shelter and support for migrants and their families who have travelled to Chiang Mai for medical care.
The goal of these two projects is to empower migrants to access health care and health rights protection programs and reduce exploitation of migrant workers.