Taste the World, a charity wine tasting event, is a volunteer effort of Vancouver and Calgary based friends of Angkor Hospital for Children, Laos Friends Hospital for Children and Medical Action Myanmar in partnership with the Import Vintners & Spirits Association of B.C. This annual event is held at the Four Seasons Hotel in January. The night will offer a section of international wines labels for tasting, a silent and live auction and the opportunity to support healthcare education and medical treatment.  The net proceeds of this event have provided heath care treatment to over 200,000 children and their mothers. Please join us to do more!

The objectives of Taste the World are:

  1. Raise awareness of the global child… every child has the right to basic healthcare.
  2. The cost is so little to help a child in Cambodia and Myanmar to cover child malnutrition, malaria, TB and HIV. Full treatment at Angkor Hospital costs $28 per child. Medical Action treats children with malaria for a mere $5.00 per child.
  3. The net proceeds from the event will be used for both operating and capital expenditures.

Proceeds of the Event to Benefit:

The beneficiaries of Taste the World have included The Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia and more recently the sister hospital The Lao Friends Hospital for Children that opened on February 11, 2015 in Luang Prabang, Laos, and the Medical Action Myanmar healthcare clinics in rural Yangon, Myanmar.

Both Angkor Hospital for Children, it’s Satellite clinic and the Laos Friends Hospital for Children, founded by Kenro Izu, is supported by USA and Japan-based Friends without a Border (FWAB). Friends Without A Border’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned us a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the eighth time that Friends Without A Border has earned this top distinction in the last nine years.

Taste the World is proud to be supporting the healthcare programs at the Laos Friends Hospital and the work of Medical Action Myanmar. The driving force behind Medical Action Myanmar is Dr. Frank Smithuis, former director of Medecins sans Frontieres Myanmar and a long-term veteran in health activities in Myanmar having 1.7 million treatments to his credit!

“Medical Action Myanmar saves lives in difficult circumstances. It is the most effective health NGO I have ever encountered.”  Prof Nick White (Professor of Tropical Medicine Oxford University and Madhidol University, Bangkok and the recipient of the Canada Gairdner Award for 2010, one of the most prestigious prized for medical research.)

Medical Action Myanmar (MAM) is an International Aid Organization whose mission is to improve the health of the poorest people within Myanmar.  Their primary goal is to provide basic medical treatment and prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

To tackle the urgent medical needs of the poorest Medical Action supports a network of clinics where a package of basic health activities are provided along with assistance with transport, accommodation, child care, food and counseling. Dr Frank Smithuis says “In the end it doesn’t matter what diseases people who visit our clinics have, if they can’t afford the health services they need, Medical Action Myanmar will try to provide treatment and support”.

Grand Opening of Lao Friends Hospital for Children from Friends Without A Border on Vimeo.

Medical Action Myanmar is registered charity in Amsterdam, operating in Myanmar (Burma) under the leadership of Dr. Frank Smithuis.  In 1994 he began working in Myanmar (Burma), as director of Medecins Sans Frontiers supervising a large medical
program, initiating anti-retroviral treatment (ART) for AIDS patients in Myanmar (responsible for 10,000 patients on ART, or 70% of all patients treated in Myanmar) and managing the largest malaria program in the country with over 250,000 patients treated for malaria each year.

Myanmar people receive the lowest support of all people in developing countries in the world. This is for political reasons and completely unacceptable considering the need. Medical Action Myanmar is focusing on the poorest people in Myanmar, who cannot afford health care. MAM is providing special food for children with malnutrition, general health care for pregnant women and children and treatment of patients with HIV, Tuberculosis and malaria. All medicines and food is provided for free.

MAM also supports family planning/birth separation as most women have more children than they want and/or then they can take care for, which leads to poor health of both mothers and children.