Covid-19 & Beyond – Education through film on the Thai–Myanmar border – reaching refugees and vulnerable communities

Update posted by Paola Jefferies On May 11, 2020

Covid-19 may have put a stop to our mobile cinema screenings for the moment but our refugee team has been busy the last few weeks and made an animated film on Covid-19 messaging in Karen, Burmese, Karenni & Thai languages with subtitles in English, Thai, Karen & Burmese. There are 2 versions - one for the refugee camp context and one for the migrant and host communities. We have now created a dedicated YouTube channel for Covid-19 and health awareness videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdksVvKadwlexhW-JgUbLvg/ Please take a look - we need 100 subscribers to allow us to customise the channel name to make it easy for the refugee, migrant and Thai communities to see the videos. Now there is a need for more online viewing content and we have had many requests for issues related to mental health and reliable information/news. We need your help to continue. Sharing knowledge and encouraging safe behaviours is the only way we will navigate this Covid-19 situation. Please donate whatever you can.

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Update posted by Paola Jefferies On Mar 24, 2020

Thank you to everyone for all your generous support to date - every donation has a big impact! Now our programme has become ever more crucial as risk communication and public engagement is at the forefront of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 in vulnerable populations including villagers, migrants and refugees living along this border region. Yesterday the virus arrived in Mae Sot where our Foundation is based, via a plane passenger from Bangkok. The refugee camps have been in lockdown since last week with only essential access. Our camp based refugee team are busy working to produce awareness materials in Karen & Burmese to share online and in our TVs in the Outpatient departments of the camp clinics and hospitals. We have 6 televisions in Mae La and Umpiem camps and 6 TVs operating in the local SMRU clinics serving migrants. We need to provide more televisions and more thumbdrives with relevant materials and we need your support to do this.

As the Director General of WHO reminded us yesterday in his television address - today is 24 March 2020 - World TB Day marking a year since World TB Day 2019, when we premiered our TB drama film 'Under the Mask' in Shwe Ko Ko and which has now reached over 12,500 villagers and migrants to date - these people are now aware of how to protect themselves from TB and how to adopt good health and hygiene practices. We are sure this public engagement outreach of TB awareness, another potentially fatal respiratory disease, which killed over 1.5 million people in 2018, will have assisted in heightening their understanding of the importance of protecting themselves from Covid-19. Now we are part of the WHO matrix working together under the Royal Thai Governments Public Health Office coordination strategy with all stakeholders.

Please continue to support if you can. Thank you. Mary

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