In August 2020 we started a fundraising appeal, Dr NiNi Tun wanted to provide Cervical Cancer Screening to our female patients. Cervical Cancer is the most common cancer in young women in Myanmar. After much research and advice it was decided to buy a Thermal Ablation Machine – due to the success of our fundraiser and the particular generosity of the Mercury Phoenix Trust and Emily and Amy Chung aka The Rangoon Sisters, we have been able to purchase 3 machines. Two will be in Yangon and one will be situated in our clinic in Hpakant.
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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Dear friends and colleagues,
Hereby I present to you the 2019 Annual Activity Report of MAM. I would like to highlight a few points;
- 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.
Best regards, Frank and Nini
Intrepid health workers travel for days by foot, bike and boat to reach isolated Naga villages in Myanmar’s northern fringes where many still rely on traditional remedies prescribed by shamans.
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.
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|
|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|
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.