Promoting rural health and forest conservation

FREELAND is partnering with the Rural Area Medical Aid Foundation under Royal Patronage (RAMA) to organize a joint mobile health service and conservation education day for communities living along the border of Central Thailand’s Dong Phayayen – Khao Yai Forest Complex.

A group of 80 volunteers, comprised of doctors, dentists and nurses from Siriraj, Ramathibodi and Lerdsin hospitals, as well as the National Cancer Institute, will provide free medical assistance to as many as 1,000 patients. They will check for and treat various diseases, with a focus on early cancer detection and basic dental work.

In parallel, FREELAND will arrange activities to educate villagers about the importance of environmental conservation, to ensure people also care for the ecosystems that provide the fresh water, clean air and fertile soil which underpin healthy lifestyles.

Efforts to improve rural health and conservation awareness have been successfully paired elsewhere around the world, notably in South America and India.

With the support of local government, this activity will take place at Wang Mee Pithaya School on Saturday, August 21, 2010, from 8am – 5pm.

August 25 update: Despite heavy rain, more than 600 local villagers attended the mobile health service and conservation education day to receive free medical treatment and learn about the many benefits of protecting healthy natural ecosystems.

The following day, doctors, dentists and nurses joined FREELAND staff to plant trees around the organic mushroom farm and training center.

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