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Partnership with UNICEF brings health benefits to athletes in Thailand

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Special Olympics Thailand's agreement with UNICEF to continue advancing their Healthy Communities work will ensure health equity for people with intellectual disabilities. The partnership benefits athletes like Varaya Wongkamhang, a 14-year-old student at Ubol Special School in Thailand, who used to be terrified of doctors and dentists. Through the Healthy Communities project, she has been receiving health screenings at her school. She admitted that she was frightened at the first screening, which found that she had tooth decay. Thanks to the partnership between her school and the healthcare agency in Ubol province, Varaya was able to receive dental treatment. She no longer has any pain and can now enjoy her meals. Subsequent health screenings no longer frighten her and she looks forward to annual health checkups. Her parents who are local vendors, would not have had the means to arrange for Varaya’s dental care without the health screening that was conducted at her school.

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