Social protection for Khun Suthin
Khun Suthin fell ill with tuberculosis seven months ago and lost his job in the harbor nearby his neighbourhood in Khlong Toei. He went to the Kluaynamthai hospital, which is though far away from his home, and was diagnosed with TB. He properly started his medical treatment, but without income, he soon was unable to pay for his transport to the hospital to get his daily medication. The number of his visits to the hospital decreased gradually, until he couldn’t go any more. Too poor, too weak and without enough food, he was unable to move and, at only 49 years old, he lost hope in the future. Khun Aksorn, our community health volunteer in Khlong Toei met him for the first time at his home in December last year. She met a desperate man, who just wanted to die. But this was not mentioned in Khun Aksorn’s agenda, and she decided to take care of him. She took him to Khlong Toei’s Healthcare Centre 41 and he is now back under medical treatment since six weeks. We ensure him social protection until his full recovery and will follow-up on him so that he won’t withdraw from his medication a second time. Healthy again, he will be able to find another job, take care of himself and support his 74 years old mother.