Where There Is No Doctor

Mother and child, Chiang Rai district, Northern Thailand Where There Is No Doctor

Where there is no doctor is a non-profit organisation helping the poor, underprivileged and marginalised hill-tribe communities of Northern Thailand.

Working primarily in two sub-districts of Chiang Rai, the organisation moves from village to village, giving free medical treatment and advice, helping to bring a better quality of life and improved health to communities where there is no doctor.

The organisation is based in Ma-an a small camp in the Mae Yao district and surrounded by 60 similar remote villages.

Dr David Mar Naw with patientDr David Mar Naw

Where there is no doctor is headed by David Mar Naw, a qualified and experienced doctor with over 8 years training in the British medical and Indian Ayurverdic practices.

He is a self-will volunteer and his medical social work was started with financial assistance from an NGO and is now reliant on donations from various volunteer groups and individuals.

As well as offering expert medical advice and treating the local hill-tribes, David supports these communities by developing sanitation systems, supporting orphaned and needy individuals and raising funds for medical supplies and new school buildings.

“The dedication and care that David gives to his work and to the hill-tribe people is faultless. To deal with the vast numbers requiring urgent medical care, he is up at the crack of dawn working relentlessly until the last patient in the village has been seen. The only time David stops is when he runs out of the necessary medical supplies and that breaks his heart.”
Faith Simpson (volunteer 05)