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The Body Economic by Sanjay Basu, David Stuckler

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FROM MIRACLE TO MIRAGE

Kanya was just sixteen when she started coughing up blood. It was 2001, and she was one of hundreds of farmers’ daughters around Kanchanaburi, an area of Western Thailand, who were experiencing strange symptoms: rashes, weight loss, and chest infections including pneumonia and tuberculosis.

At the time, Sanjay was helping the Thai government’s “mobile clinics”—pickup trucks and cargo vans that the Ministry of Health in Thailand had converted into roaming medical clinics. The backs of the trucks were stocked with drugs and ban dages, and the drivers—two nurses and a local doctor—would drive between villages near the Thai-Burmese border, stopping at each house along the way to offer free basic healthcare services to farmers ...

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