High Commendation from Southeast Asia
Thai Ministry of Health signs cooperation agreement with Christian relief organization DMG
S i n s h e i m (tv). The Ministry of Health of Thailand and the Christian relief organization DMG interpersonal e.V. are now partners. At the beginning of June, a delegation from the Thai Ministry visited the DMG headquarters Buchenauerhof near Heidelberg, where they signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" partnership agreement. This contract between the large Christian organization and the Thai government was concluded on the basis of many years of good cooperation. It provides for the expansion of the placement of young volunteers from Germany for social projects in Thailand, for example the wheelchair project of the "Rajanagarindra Institute of Child Development".
The Thai Ministry of Health and DMG would like to intensify the exchange of personnel and experience. The agreement provides for increased cooperation on administrative issues (assistance in obtaining visas, work permits and other necessary documents for employees) and mutual support in relevant activities and topics of common interest.
At the signing ceremony of the cooperation agreement in the White Salon of Buchenauerhof Manor, the Thai delegation led by Dr. Boonruang Triruangworawat (Director General for Mental Health of the Thai Ministry of Health) paid tribute to the wheelchair project in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand and the exemplary commitment of the co-workers from Sinsheim. DMG personnel have been active in this project since it was founded 18 years ago. They have donated more than 10,000 good used wheelchairs, walking aids and prostheses to destitute people with disabilities. The second-hand materials mainly come from the USA and Germany and are cleaned, repaired and individually adapted to the recipients by the DMG teams of skilled volunteers (IJFD) in Chiang Mai.
Director-General Triruangworawat was particularly pleased with "the many children who have received mobility assistance and whose will to live and living situation has thus been significantly improved". He would like to see many more co-workers from Germany: volunteers who are involved in crafts and social work, but also long-term workers, especially for the expansion of help for the mentally handicapped, for family therapy and integration of the handicapped into society and technical services. It is important to him to raise awareness of people with disabilities in Thai society and to effectively help them and their families.
General Director Triruangworawat during his visit with his entourage at the DMG headquarters near Sinsheim said, the DMG Wheelchair Project, of which the Thai princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is the patron, has made a valuable contribution in this respect for years. He was impressed by the young Germans who came to Thailand as volunteers. They are diligent, reliable, sensitive and have a heart for the handicapped people. He would also like to see such people working for longer periods as medical and social specialists who stay and help in Thailand for several years.
Andrew Howes, Deputy Director of DMG, thanked the Thai delegation for the trust they have placed in DMG and the exemplary cooperation with its personnel over the past years. He explained that the cooperation agreement also opens new doors in the other direction. It enables Thais to come to Germany for exchange experiences, to learn together and to be integrated into suitable Christian projects in this country.
DMG is a non-profit association that currently has 369 employees in 80 countries and carries out aid projects and church-social tasks of all kinds. Johannes Janzen, who heads the wheelchair project in Chiang Mai, is official advisor to the Thai Ministry of Health.
Those pictured above:
Front: Andrew Howes (Deputy Director of DMG) and Dr. Boonruang Triruangworawat (Director General for Mental Health of the Thai Ministry of Health). Back: Heino Weidmann ( DMG, short-term assignments abroad), Jonathan Schramm (former volunteer in Thailand), Johannes Janzen (DMG, Head of the wheelchair project in Chiang Mai), Dr. Samai Sirithongthaworn, Dr. Chinoros Leesawat, Dr. Sirisak Thitidilokrat (Delegation of the Thai Ministry of Health), Peungpid Srisueb (Rajanagarindra Institute of Child Development), Hartmut Peters (Asia Personnel Director, DMG).