The BCMF team
The small, yet efficient, BCMF staff team is made up of a group of core staff in Mae Sot and Chiang Mai. BCMF currently has one staff member that remain involved in the organization’s activities from overseas. Additionally, BCMF relies on auxiliary staff including clinic medics who assist in medical assessment, referral and translation, BCMF volunteers and foreign medical volunteers at the clinic.
Core Staff Team
The core team consists of nine individuals – Kanchana Thornton, Ma Myai, Ma Tu, Bue Wah Say, Kabaw Wah, Ywa Hay Tha, Molly Aung, Mi Aye, and The Cho who are located in the Mae Sot and Chiang Mai offices. BCMF has staff representation in Chiang Mai to oversee patient care, manage patient appointments and liaise with Thai hospital staff.
Work descriptions will follow shortly.
Kanchana Thornton, BCMF Program Director
Ma Myai, Patient Liaison Coordinator
Ma Tu, Project Manager
Bue Wah Say, Project Officer
Kabaw Wah, Program Officer
Ywa Hay Tha, Project Officer
Molly Aung, Project Officer
Mi Aye and The Cho,
Chiang Mai Patient Coordinators
The Cho and Mi Aye are the only BCMF staff members in Chiang Mai. Together, they are responsible for overseeing patient care in Chiang Mai and ensuring that all of the patients’ logistical needs are met. They help patients get to their appointments, communicate with hospital staff regarding their planned course of treatment, and ensure that all patients’ needs including food and accommodation are taken care of while they are in Chiang Mai undergoing treatment. They also serve as translators for patients that do not speak Thai.
External Support Staff
Jacqui Whelan, External Program Support
Jacqui has been working with the BCMF team since 2008. In her first year, she worked with local medics to further develop systems for processing patients. Since then, she has worked as a BCMF program assistant and administrator. Currently in Australia, Jacqui is responsible for staff recruitment, as well as fundraising, advocacy, and donor relations.
BCMF receives assistance from a number of people who are kind enough to donate their time and expertise to assist BCMF with a variety of key program tasks.
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