Health and Nutrition
According to UNICEF, Thailand has the lowest exclusive breastfeeding rate in Asia and the highest number of HIV infections in South-East Asia. In 2010, 16,000 children were living with HIV while 250,000 children aged 0-17 became orphans due to AIDS. The Thai government has had an 85% success rate in granting access to ART but this is only to Thai nationals; the percentage of migrants, particularly migrant children, receiving HIV/AIDs treatment is unknown.
Save the Children in Thailand and our local partners work with vulnerable cross-border migrant children and families to facilitate initiatives that help promote survival of infants and mothers. We also help develop community-based health programs for migrant communities and ensure that they gain sustainable access to health care services that promote their complete physical, mental, and social well-being.
Our current health programs focus on two key areas: Behaviour Change Communication for Infectious Disease Prevention and Promoting Migrant Children and Families’ Health & Rights in Workplace and Destination where we help promote health rights to healthcare and development for families in remote areas that lack access to government services.
The programme has reached over 2,000 vulnerable children and women through mobile health care services. This includes primarily migrants from Myanmar and Cambodia, including non-Thai men having sex with men (MSM) and transgender groups.