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December 30, 2013

Thai ‘trophy shots’ shock mourners

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When Perth travel agent Michelle Smith was stabbed to death in Phuket, ambulance workers shocked her grieving friends by posing for a photo with her dead body.

But scenes like these are commonplace in Thailand, a country with an extraordinarily desensitised attitude towards death and relaxed regulations when it comes to the treatment of dead bodies. Read More

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December 30, 2013

Volunteer medic a light on Thai streets

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In 12 years of working as a volunteer ambulance officer in Bangkok, former Upper Hutt man Marko Cunningham has worked through the Boxing Day tsunami, three coups, two major protests and two floods.

That’s on top of “lots of minor building collapses, and a million other everyday things like shootings, suicides, catching crocodiles and snakes”. Read More

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December 30, 2013

Marko Awarded New Zealand Special Service Medal

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New Zealand Special Medal (Asian Tsunami) additional list of persons awarded the New Zealand special service Medal Read More

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December 30, 2013

Dengue and cholera outbreaks bring warnings after 30 die

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BANGKOK: — The Public Health Ministry has ordered its officials across the country to keep a close eye on the outbreak of two communicable diseases, dengue fever and cholera, following reports these illnesses have killed 30 people over the past six months. Read More

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December 30, 2013

Thailand ranked by WHO as one in top 22 high-burden countries for TB

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BANGKOK (NNT) — Thailand is ranked as one in 22 of the World Health Organization high-burden countries for tuberculosis (TB), with 120,000 persons reported with TB infection each year. Read More

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December 30, 2013

PM warns political demonstrations likely to return soon

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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Wednesday conceded that political demonstrators are likely to return to the capital’s streets later this year, but pledged his government will do its best to control the situation. Read More

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December 30, 2013

July 2010: Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak Warning in Northern Thailand

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About 40 per cent of the airconditioning units and water supply system in 100 hotels and business establishments in the North were found to be carrying the Legionella bacteria, posing the risk of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease, a researcher at Chiang Mai’s health promotion centre said yesterday. Read More

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December 26, 2013

Vietnam

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Follow Marko’s collegue in Vietnam, Australian born Shane Palmer, who has taken over the administration of the organization, leaving Marko to run the day to day operations in Thailand

Shane has been traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia for the last 9 years together with the Australian Vietnam Veterans Association and has worked in the capacity as their medic. Read More

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October 29, 2013

Myanmar Humanitarian Foundation for Orphans

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On our last trip to visit U Hla Tun from the ffsswmd foundation we were able to to supply new equipment for their old ambulance and also teach them how to use new equipment in the newer second hand ambulance they purchased at a very cheap price from Japan. Also on our trip we were able to donate a truck load of clothing, as well as another EMS training afternoon, in which the 8 ambulance officers (and a lot of other interested volunteers) practiced the skills we taught them as well as learned new things. We were very happy to see they had not forgotten a thing and are very quick to learn new skills (which makes our job easier:) Read More