In 2010, the MFLF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries of Myanmar to alleviate poverty 29 villages from 4 village tracts in Yenan Chaung Township within the Central Dry Zone, known for its arid conditions and considered the least developed area of the country. The project received with financial support from the Royal Thai Government’s Office of the Narcotic Control Board (ONCB) and the Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One of the first actions was to establish an “Anti-venom Serum Bank” to reduce deaths from poisonous snake bites, a serious problem in the area. Another early action was to establish a training programme for midwives stationed at the village’s tract healthcare centre. Subsequent activities were set up to enhance people’s lives: providing safe water and improving their livestock, considered their most valuable asset. A goat bank was established and local youth trained as para-vets.

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