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Founder of Mae Tao Clinic Dr Cynthia Maung, herself a displaced person forced to flee her homeland in 1988, knows firsthand the challenges facing refugees and the displaced people in accessing health care, education and protection services.
Dr. Cynthia is the most famous doctor in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Like the 75,000 patients she treats every year, Maung is in self-exile in the Thai frontier town of Mae Sot on the Myanmar border.

After medical school, Dr. Cynthia undertook a one-year internship in Moulmein General Hospital. It was during this time that she began to realize people in Burma faced enormous challenges in order to receive medical care, especially for the poor and people from ethnic communities. For the last 30 years Dr Cynthia has been working tirelessly providing critical healthcare, education and protection services to the people of Burma.

Dr Cynthia founded Mae Tao Clinic in western Thailand, along the Thailand-Burma border, which provides medical care, education and protection services for thousands of people from all ethnicities and religions. Her clinic also works closely with community-based organizations in Thailand and Eastern Burma to strengthen health care services and build the health workforce in Eastern Burma. This has improved access to essential health care especially maternal and child health for many in conflict and post conflict areas.