Despite its location in a renowned tourist destination like Suan Phueng District, Ratchaburi Province, Women Reporters Group 2 (Ban Bo Wi) School is surrounded by forests, far away from the district’s healthcare facility, Suan Phueng Hospital. One round-trip visit to the hospital takes a long time on a 60-km route. As a result, the school considered it was necessary to set aside a classroom and give it an infirmary function to provide medical emergency care to teachers, students, and community members, most of whom are impoverished Karen population.
With an awareness of children’s health problems that will consequently impact their educational development, Pfizer Thailand Foundation has joined hands with World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) and supported the construction of a 140-metre2, 4-bed first aid centre that is equipped with non-prescription medicine and first aid equipment supplies to the school under the campaign ‘One Pfizer for Better Society’. The building’s opening and handover ceremony was held on 20 September 2019, presided over by Mrs Angkana Chitatitti, Vice Governor of Ratchaburi Province, and joined by Mr Selim Sezgin, Chairman of Pfizer Thailand Foundation, and Dr Bunjongsek Supsopha, Assistant National Director-Marketing and Fundraising, World Vision Foundation of Thailand. Mr Yanyong Charoensri, Director of Ratchaburi Primary Education Office Area 1, and Mr Pleo Purisarn, Director of Women Reporters Group 2 (Ban Bo Wi) School, represented the school to receive the building in this event.
Mr Selim Sezgin, Chairman of Pfizer Thailand Foundation, explained the reasons behind the support of the construction of the community's first aid centre: because the community composes a number of underprivileged children and Karen population who have slim chance to access education and public services, it is a good opportunity for Pfizer to bridge the gap and help the children and community members. Pfizer intends to make this community’s first aid centre a central establishment that provides emergency care and a learning source that provides healthcare knowledge to community members and enables them to apply the first-aid knowledge in cases of emergency. Pfizer has also supported a CPR manikin that will be used in emergency care instruction for students and community members.
Mr Pleo Purisarn, Director of Women Reporters Group 2 (Ban Bo Wi) School revealed that because the school is located remotely, adequate assistance has not reached to students. Meanwhile, the community is situated far away from Suan Phueng Hospital; it takes over 60 km to make a round trip. As most parents are poor Karens, they cannot afford rides to take their sick children to the hospital. The school felt the need to remodel a classroom into an infirmary that was administered by a doctor from Ta Nao Si Sub-district Health-promoting Hospital. However, the school reckoned with a way to help lessen parents’ childcare burdens by accepting the enrolment of the 3-year-old in kindergarten so that children have preparedness for age-appropriate development in various aspects. It was necessary to bring the makeshift infirmary back into a classroom to meet this need. Thanks to the support of Pfizer Foundation and WVFT, the first aid centre at the school is constructed. It will greatly benefit teachers, students, and community members.
On the day of the handover, more than 100 volunteers, including the executives and staff from Pfizer, also participated in a range of activities, such as collecting chicken eggs to cook lunch and planting vegetable seedlings, part of the Farming for Lunch project supported by Pfizer Foundation, as well as painting the activity ground based on the Brain-Based Learning (BBL) instruction.