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A Burmese Lady Doctor Receives Human Rights Award - 2004-05-24


Dr. Win Myint Than received the Voice of Courage Award from The Women's Commission for Refugee Women & Children on 13th. May 2004 in New York.

On the 15th. Anniversary, the Women's Commission for Refugee Women & Children has honored refugee women, youth, policy makers and others who have devoted their time for refugee women and youth in their work.

Among the fifteen recipients, Dr. Win Myint Than was recognized for her work with Burmese refugees in health clinics along the Thailand-Burma Border.

Dr. Win Myint Than, a Burmese immigrant in Canada told VOA, Burmese Service, “I can’t forget the plight of Burmese refugees who are not as fortunate as my children who have settled in Canada. So I decided to join the International Rescue Committee again and go back to the Thai-Burma border to help with health-care programs there."

After spending three-and-a-half years training young refugees as maternal and child health workers, community health workers, medics and nurses, Dr. Win Myint Than said, "It struck me that these ethnic young people, who come from different areas in Burma, worked hard together with such unity and harmony that I felt anything is possible. I felt so fulfilled.”

Dr. Win Myint Than also thanked her family for their understanding in allowing her to fulfill her dreams to help the Burmese refugees.

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