2013 Sydney Peace Prize winner

Dr Cynthia Maung - humanitarian doctor and founder of the Mae Tao Clinic

On Saturday 17th August the Sydney Peace Foundation announced that Dr Cynthia Maung, founder of Mae Tao Clinic, has been selected to receive the 2013 Sydney Peace Prize.

The Sydney Peace Prize Jury’s citation reads: “Dr Maung: for her dedication to multi-ethnic democracy, human rights and the dignity of the poor and dispossessed, and for establishing health services for victims of conflict.”

Dr Maung, ethnic Karen, fled her native Burma during the pro-democracy uprising of 1988 and set up the Mae Tao Clinic on the Thai-Burmese border, where each year 700 staff treat over 150,000 people including refugees, migrant workers and orphans. Dr Maung has advanced the cause of peace in the AsiaPacific region and upheld the best humanitarian and ethical traditions of the medical profession.

Dr Maung, courtesy of Brendan Esposito

Singapore Airlines, one of our Partners in Peace, will fly Dr Maung to Australia in the first week of November to deliver the annual City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture and receive the Prize at an Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner.

Tickets for the City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture in the Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 6 November ($35/$25) are available via Ticketek: via phone on 132 849, or by visiting your nearest Ticketek agent

To purchase a seat or table for the Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony at MacLaurin Hall, University of Sydney on Thursday 7 November ($375 per person) please book online or else contact the Sydney Peace Foundation on 9351 4468 / peace.foundation@sydney.edu.au

Learn more


Read more about Dr Cynthia in a feature article “Fragile Sanctuary” written by Sharon Bradley in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend, 17 August 2013

In article “Peace Prize winner fights for survival of her health clinic” by Sharon Bradley in the Sydney Morning Herald, 17 August 2013

See photos in a Photogallery of Mae Tao Clinic taken by Fairfax photographer Brendan Esposito, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 August 2013

Visit www.sydneypeacefoundation.org.au for more information on Dr Cynthia's visit and for direct links to these publications.