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ARC Thailand

Head Office: Bangkok

Where ARC Works: In refugee camps along the Thai-Burmese border, and in coastal villages between Phuket and Ranong in the south.

People We Serve: More than 67,000 Burmese refugees and migrants and affected host communities

Since 1992, ARC has been serving Karen refugees fleeing ongoing persecution in Myanmar (formerly Burma). The Karen ethnic group has been seeking autonomy from Burma since 1949 without success. Nearly all of the 460,000 refugees residing in camps in Thailand are Karen, with more arriving every year.

What ARC does in Thailand:
  • Health Care Training
  • Community Health Education
  • Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response
  • Infectious Disease Prevention
  • Mother and Child Care
  • Primary Health Care
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Micro-Enterprise Development
  Operational Since: 1979

Today, ARC provides health care services, health education, and water, sanitation and environmental health services to Karen refugees living in camps.

ARC also focuses on building the capacity and skills of constituents, training them to become health care providers and community leaders so they may apply these skills upon their return to Myanmar or their relocation to a third country.

ARC Thailand factsheet


Last year, we educated more than 30,000 refugee camp residents on nutrition, disease prevention, sanitation, hygiene and HIV/AIDS. ARC provided drinking water and toilets to about 33,000 people in the camps, and we provided clinical services such as vaccinations against childhood diseases, care for pregnant women and assistance in child delivery. 

Last year, ARC also worked to prevent disease outbreaks among in Southern Thailand among 236,000. We screened Burmese migrants and Thai nationals for tuberculosis, malaria, dengue fever, and pneumonia and referred patients to health facilities for treatment.


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