MAM project in Kachin State

This article features MAM’s project in Kachin State – it highlights the innovative and inclusive way MAM works in treating patients with HIV and heroin addiction – treating, supporting, educating, training and working towards changing community attitudes.

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2019 Annual Activity Report -MEDICAL ACTION MYANMAR

Dear friends and colleagues,

Hereby I present to you the 2019 Annual Activity Report of MAM. I would like to highlight a few points;

  1. We conducted over 1.1 million patient consultations in 2019 in poor peri-urban slums and in the most remote hard-to-reach communities.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Best regards, Frank and Nini

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EVERY DAY BRINGS NEW CHALLENGES

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.

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COVID-19 — Please donate

If you would like to help us help our friends in MAM our Bank details are:

Friends of Medical Action Myanmar
Lloyds Bank, High St, Andover
Sort Code: 30-90-21
Acc number: 42199160

Please help – here are some of the items we need urgently:

Oxygen concentrator + pulse oximeter + oxygen masks£4000
Sodium hypochlorite solution  £60
Stocks of hand gel  £170
Infrared Thermometers£2,600
Patient referral support (taxi fare or ambulance hire or hospital costs)  £3,700
Clinic Staff transportation  £2,850
PPE (Gloves, face shields, apron, caps, surgical gowns)  £6 per set – we have 50 clinic staff – we are hoping to cover them for 8 months

DAW NU NYIE: A HERO INSIDE THE COMMUNITY ON THE FIGHT AGAINST TB

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.