Coronavirus Asia

Thai civic groups fill void to help the poor hit by Covid-19

Volunteers risk their lives to provide basic medical care, daily necessities and free meals

Volunteers at Up for Thai cook meals that are distributed to the less fortunate communities as well as Covid-19 patients and families who are confined to their homes. They also do basic medical check-ups.
Volunteers at Up for Thai cook meals that are distributed to the less fortunate communities as well as Covid-19 patients and families who are confined to their homes. They also do basic medical check-ups.PHOTO: UP FOR THAI
Ms Prateep Ungsongtham Hata (right), 69, who founded the Duang Prateep Foundation, reaching out to Ms Chuanpit Sopa, 27, who is five months pregnant, and her family in the Khlong Toey slum community in Bangkok. Ms Chuanpit, her husband and their daug
Ms Prateep Ungsongtham Hata (right), 69, who founded the Duang Prateep Foundation, reaching out to Ms Chuanpit Sopa, 27, who is five months pregnant, and her family in the Khlong Toey slum community in Bangkok. Ms Chuanpit, her husband and their daughter, seven, are suspected to have Covid-19.ST PHOTO: TAN TAM MEI

It is a public holiday in Thailand, but 69-year-old Prateep Ungsongtham Hata is braving the rain in one of the capital's biggest slums, scribbling notes as she speaks to a woman seated in front of a wooden shack - a good distance between them.

The woman, 27-year-old Chuanpit Sopa, is five months pregnant.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 01, 2021, with the headline 'Thai civic groups fill void to help the poor hit by Covid-19'. Subscribe