The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) states that all children have the right to enjoy "the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health". However, in Sangkhlaburi, poverty, language barriers and poor health education place children at greater risk when they face health problems.
While local hospitals go to great lengths to meet the needs of non-Thai people, even with generous discounts the cost of care can cripple poor families. Monthly salaries for migrant workers are often as low as 3,000 Thai baht per month, while serious conditions can cost tens of thousands to treat.
Meanwhile, in Sangkhlaburi children with disabilities may often receive a poor standard of care. With the urgency of their needs insufficiently understood, serious disabilities are given the minimum attention and can be left for years without treatment.