The hospital provides care for a population of Thai, Karen, Mon and Burmese people, including a great number of displaced persons, refugees, permanent migrants and transient migrant workers from Burma, and residents of a large refugee camp nearby, in a mountainous rural area along Thailand’s border with Burma. In addition to patients from the local area, many patients are referred from the town of Sangklaburi or the border town of Three Pagodas Pass, and some travel from within Burma to reach the hospital. Particularly vulnerable people groups here include migrants who have no Thai citizenship papers and therefore no access to the government health services – KRCH provides critical medical care to thousands of these people who would otherwise have none.
- 60% of the population have no nationality or registration papers
- 32% of outpatients were of Thai nationality and 68% were foreigners in 2010
- 17% of inpatients were of Thai nationality and 83% were foreigners in 2010
In this ‘Ministry to the Least’, the hospital aims to bring hope to a forgotten community by ministering to the health needs of the community and by sharing the Gospel.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40, NIV)