This specific project, begun in July 2017, continues to provide healthcare and disability services to marginalised and disadvantaged people in Thailand. This strengthens health services in the northern and western border-regions. Your support also provides assistive devices and vocational training to people affected by leprosy and/or disability.
In the previous financial year, the McKean projects had the following successes:
• 40 people with disabilities were provided with assistive devices to support increased function and independence.
• 380 medical workers trained in leprosy diagnosis and management.
YOUR IMPACT / SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT:
Thanks to you, refugees affected by leprosy and other disabilities were assisted to travel to Chiang Mai, where they were able to receive appropriate treatment. In addition, McKean arranged for Thai language classes, counselling services, housing, and community groups for refugees to share their experiences and make friends. Not only have the patients displayed incredible physical improvement, but they have also been able to settle in and establish a new life for themselves in Thailand thanks to McKean’s help. Your support of the McKean Rehabilitation Centre in 2017 enabled 129 refugees affected by leprosy or disability to be identified through case finding and receive rehabilitation services at a cost of 3,547 baht / AUD $138 per person.
The Leprosy Mission in ThailandThe Leprosy Mission's involvement in the country goes back to 1911, when it was still called Siam. The Mission helped fund housing for homeless patients on a river island donated by the ruler of Chiang Mai.
It is now the flourishing McKean Rehabilitation Centre. Owned and run by the Thai church. McKean is The Leprosy Mission's partner organisation in Thailand.
McKean cares for and integrates patients with leprosy and disabilities and age-related problems. It is recognised as the centre providing leprosy expertise in north Thailand, and also provides residential treatment and rehabilitation for marginalised or displaced disabled persons, along with training in activities to promote sustainable livelihoods.
McKean has also, in recent years, been pioneering the development of multi-tiered aged care for the broad spectrum of elderly folk in the region.