The objective of the Be Well Child Care Foundation (“BWCCF”) is to provide medical solutions for individual children severely distressed by a medical condition requiring specialized treatment & care which cannot be provided by the regular health care infrastructure in Thailand.
Which children do we try to help?
Our focus is on children up to 16 years of age (with exceptions for older children) who have a reasonable chance of recovery or the possibility of a significant & sustainable improved quality of life.
Until Be Well clinics open in other parts of Thailand we will focus on children living not too far from the Be Well clinic in Hua Hin, e.g. in the Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Kan provinces, or at most a 3 hours’ drive (e.g. Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi and Chumphon). In exceptional cases BWCCF can consider cases located elsewhere in Thailand.
BWCCF will be a “Foundation” under Thai law (application for registration is pending). The Board will consist of the three Thai partners of the Be Well Medical Clinic headed by Dr Paemika Pidchayathanakorn, Be Well’s Chief Medical Officer. The Foundation will be advised and audited by certified accountants & auditors.
BWCCF daily management will be in the hands of a Medical Advisory Team (“MAT”) under leadership of its Chairman & Coordinator Dr Gerard Smit, a retired Dutch General Practitioner & Family Doctor residing in Hua Hin. Other members of the MAT are:
- Management, partners and medical professionals of the Be Well Medical Center.
- A group of retired international medical doctors being Members of the Be Well Advisory Committee.
- Other medical specialists & institutes associated with Be Well
Donors and sponsors
The core medical sponsor of the BWCCF is the Be Well Medical Center in Hua Hin, making their medical practitioners and members of the Advisory Committee as well as the clinic’s facilities & pharmacy available for the BWCCF on a pro bono basis.
BWCCF will attract base funding from general donations for patients requiring relatively smaller budgets for treatment and/or medication. For patients requiring expensive specialized treatment and/or surgery BWCCF will try to raise individual funding through cash and in-kind donations.
BWCCF will use the following phased approach:
Step 1: assessment
Upon receiving an inquiry (see application procedure below) the MAT will assess suitability of the application. Assessment will be done by studying the medical file and/or other available data and, if needed and possible, meeting with the patient and family/caretakers.
Step 2: investigations of treatment options, development of a management plan and calculation of the budget.
If the assessment has confirmed the patient fits the criteria for BWCCF support, the MAT will investigate the possible options for treatment, discuss the options with the patient (family), develop a management plan for the selected option, and estimate the budget for the costs. This process will be conducted by using the national and international networks of the Be Well Medical Center and the Be Well Advisory Committee.
Step 3: fund raising.
BWCCF will firstly determine if the cost of the selected treatment option can be covered by the ready available base funds. If not, BWCCF will initiate a fund raising activity for the individual patient.
Step 4: implementation of the management plan
Once funds are secured BWCCF will commence implementation (coordination) of the management plan.
Individualized patient management plans could include any of the following:
- Treatment in the Be Well clinic (e.g. for pre & post-hospitalization/rehab care)
- Home care (medical/nursing/physiotherapy)
- Providing medicines and medical supplies
- Arranging treatment in specialized hospitals in Thailand or abroad.
Application & information
To apply for support from the Be Well Child Care Foundation please use the application form at the bottom of the page.
To enquire about making a donation to the fund, please use the following link. (click here)
Please address any questions that are of a medical nature to Dr Gerard Smit (click here)
Note: please do not call the Be Well Medical Center for BWCCF matters. If you would like to speak with one of the BWCCF advisers, please leave your phone number in your email message and we will return your call.
For reasons of patients’ privacy, BWCCF will not use patients’ names & pictures in external communication, unless with approval of the family/caretakers.
Be Well Medical Center & Be Well Child Care Foundation
Banyan Resort, 68/317 Petchkasem Road , Hua Hin, 77110 Prachuap Khiri Khan
Email: for general enquiries, please click here