Ever since we have left Covid-19 behind us in most parts of the world, there has been a new term trending: pent-up demand! In particular, in connection with international travel, pent-up demand is what a lot of people are currently working on fulfilling, after having been locked up for long periods of time. Being able to get out of the house, move around freely and travel the globe were things we all truly missed during the pandemic. Being able to quench this thirst is a wonderful feeling and makes those who are travelling again aware of how fortunate they are.
We, at Child’s Dream, are also addressing a need around pent-up demand, but it’s an entirely different need. Over the last nearly three years, borders between Myanmar and Thailand as well as Laos and Thailand were sealed, like many other borders around the world. We were frightened of importing new Covid-19 cases, thereby increasing the many cases we already had in our own gardens. Protectionism and nationalism had, in our case, very serious and often deadly consequences. For us, pent-up demand meant pent-up cases of seriously sick children stuck on the wrong side of the border, not being allowed to enter Thailand and receive the life-saving treatment urgently needed. Our Children’s Medical Fund, providing essential operations, nearly came to a standstill and we all became painfully aware that being seriously ill often comes with an expiration date. Unfortunately, for many children on the wrong side of the border, time ran out. This is the dark side of the story.
We were frightened of importing new Covid-19 cases, thereby increasing the many cases we already had in our own gardens.