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Australian Govt to Stop Funding Mae Tao Clinic

7 November 2013

Australia’s government plans to stop funding the Mae Tao Clinic in the Thai border town of Mae Sot from the end of this year, according to a report by Karen News. The clinic, which serves tens of thousands of impoverished Burmese nationals every year, currently receives US $426,000 annually from the Australian government, the report said. Like other Western governments, Australia has shifted the focus of much of its aid to projects inside Burma as the country reforms and moves to ease conflict in border areas. However, the clinic’s founder, Dr. Cynthia Maung, who was in Australia this week to receive the Sydney Peace Prize, said, “In my time here I have never seen the patient caseload decrease, and it won’t until there’s years and years of stability and security.”