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Mae Tao Clinic Threatened by Funding Shortfall

20 August 2013

Dr Cynthia Maung’s long-running Mae Tao Clinic, which supports tens of thousands of Burmese refugees in Thailand’s Tak province, is facing a funding shortfall after Ausaid decided to cut its support, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Australian development agency provided US$456,000 last year and the aid makes up about a quarter of the medical charity’s budget. Last month, Ausaid announced it will not extend its support into 2014. “This money was crucial to improving maternal and child health-quality services to these vulnerable people on the border,” Cynthia Maung was quoted as saying. “We’re at a loss to understand the decision.”