We conducted over 1.1 million patient consultations in 2019 in poor peri-urban slums and in the most remote hard-to-reach communities.
In 2019 we identified several hundred children with severe rickets in Nagaland, a remote area in North-West Myanmar. Rickets causes severe bone deformities due to a lack of vit D. We started treatment which takes a long time, but it seems successful in most children.
In January 2020 Covid-19 struck. Surprisingly many health NGOs stopped their activities. We are proud to say that all MAM staff continued their activities (with some precaution measures) in the clinics as well as in the remote communities without disruption.
We especially want to thank all donors. Wishing you all a healthy 2020.
With malaria and tuberculosis screening out front and sacrifices to jungle gods out back, health worker Htan Pi and her shaman mother are an unlikely double-act in their isolated Myanmar village. Their family have been the local healers for generations in the northern community of Satpalaw Shaung near the Indian border.
Ye Min Naing has been working for the village health worker (VHW) programme of Medical Action Myanmar (MAM) in Paletwa Township, Chin State, since June 2017.
The VHW are based in remote communities and provide malaria screening and treatment services, conduct tuberculosis case finding and patient follow-up, deliver a basic health care package, and refer people with health emergencies to the hospital.
Community volunteers are front-line heroes in the fight against TB in the community. Read more about Daw Nu Nyie, a community volunteer trained by Medical Action Myanmar in Myitkyina, Kachin State.
Myitkyina, capital city of Kachin State in northern Myanmar, is one of the townships with the highest TB burden in the country. Widespread drug use and the associated high prevalence of HIV infection worsen the situation. Read the rest of the story.
The transmission of COVID-19 has been much lower in tropical countries than in China’s Wuhan, Europe and the United States, and strict adherence to prevention measures – rather than a full lockdown – might be sufficient to limit its spread in South and Southeast Asia.Read the full article in Frontier Magazine.