facilities in Thailand were inundated with patients in 2011 after Thailand
experienced its worst flooding since 1942. Millions of Thai residents were at
risk of waterborne diseases spreading through contaminated floodwater, and many
patients were treated at local hospitals for leptospirosis, a bacterial
infection spread in contaminated water.
In 2012, Diabetes Action was able to send over 1.5 million dollars of
medical supplies to the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok with a capacity of over
2000 beds and more than 1.5 million outpatient visits yearly. Siriraj is the
largest public hospital in Thailand and is the primary teaching hospital of the
Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University where the Medical
School accepts about 250 medical students and over 100 postgraduate residency
training programs each year.
On Feb. 16, 2013 The Hainan Association of
Washington, D.C. presented President Pat DeVoe a plaque in recognition of
Diabetes Action’s “generous donation of medical supplies for the disadvantaged
in Thailand in 2009 and 2012” in the presence of Saroj Thanasunti, Minister and
Deputy Chief of Mission of the Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C.