Basic Information

Time Frame

2002 – 2004


Yong Kha Village, Shan State

Area: Approximately 14 villages


6,022 people


With the need to address drug-related issues and contagious diseases, it was necessary to build a strong public health system as a basic priority for the community.

Yong Kha Village in Shan State suffered from drug-related issues and contagious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and scabies. MFLF therefore launched a long-term public health development plan with emphasis on water and agriculture to provide food security before addressing income-generating activities in the community. Hospitals and schools were built, and local volunteers received training on public health, while school children were taught farming skills.

What do the people get?

Malaria infections dropped from


to less than


within 3 years, while malaria fatalities dropped to zero within 1 year
3,000 villagers helped dig an irrigation canal with a budget of

225,000 baht

increasing arable land by

2,000 rai

(1,159 hectares).
Villagers were able to grow sustenance and cash crops three times a year, with enough food to eat all year round.
The total investment in the project was

25,600,000 baht

or 4,240 baht (US$136) per person per year.

Within 3 years, the project generated economic benefits for the community in cash and in kind equivalent to

28,182,960 baht

or 4,680 baht (US$151) per person per year.