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Helping the refuges with great love
      Dr. Cynthia Maung, born in 1959 in Yangon, Burma, graduated from the Medical College of Yangon University in 1982. She became the first female physician in Burma in 1983, but then resigned and conducted free diagnosis along Thailand-Burma border starting from 1988. With the aid of humanitarian organizations from other countries, she has helped over 500,000 Burma refugees, and trained a number of Backpack Health Worker Teams for the benefit of tribal people during the period of war. She was awarded some international humanitarian medals and won the great concern of American and European countries.
       Maesot is a biggest town along the Thailand-Burma border, where it’s estimated that over one million refugees are gathered. So, some NGOs set offices for refugee services.
      Dr. Cynthia Maung often acted as a medical guardian of the refugees. She said, many refugees were flooded into this border due to continuous civil wars in Burma, but no basic medical care was made available.
      Dr. Cynthia Maung came to Maesot Town in 1988, when the wave of democratic reform in Burma was upswing. But the demonstration of students was cracked down by the military force, leading to a death roll over a few thousands.
      Dr. Cynthia Maung witnessed this tragedy, and came to Maesot along with the students in order to provide medical assistance. She had expected to return to Burma in 3 months, but she was still there 16 years later.
      In addition, Dr. Cynthia Maung trained Back Pack Health Worker Teams, which comprised of non-professional youths from tribes along the Thailand- Burma border. Due to lack of medical resources, they learnt some medical and healthcare knowledge in the clinic of Dr. Cynthia Maung and then served the people in the remote areas.
      Dr. Cynthia Maung has served the patients in Maesot for years, but she didn’t obtain the citizenship of Thailand. She was awarded Jonathan Mann Medal for Health and Human Rights, and was covered by the media all over the world. Se also drew the attention of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
      Dr. Cynthia Maung received donations from a few overseas Burman and local charities as well as dozens of NGOs. In the last year, over 20 million satangs were spent on the training of rescue operation and medical treatment.
      Despite of continuous threats from unknown persons, Dr. Cynthia Maung stayed in Burma to help the Burman people and the refugees in remote areas.