Medical Action Myanmar

 Hlaingthayar Clinic, Medical Action Myanmar, Yangon, Myanmar.  Photo by 2018 Project Officer Yuri Nwe.

Hlaingthayar Clinic, Medical Action Myanmar, Yangon, Myanmar.

Photo by 2018 Project Officer Yuri Nwe.

Access to healthcare in Myanmar (Burma) is difficult for those with little to spare. With an under-funded health system, healthcare is typically privatised and many people cannot afford
to pay their medical expenses out-of-pocket. Medical Action Myanmar (MAM) is an international medical aid organisation dedicated to improving access to health services for the
people of Myanmar
. MAM is non-profit, non-political and non-religious. MAM provide comprehensive primary healthcare services including maternal and child care, malnutrition
treatment, sexual and reproductive health, and tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS treatment. They operate clinics in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas to reach people who are most in need. In 2016, they provided over 119,200 consultations free of charge, funded by private
donors.

 

In 2017, MSAP began a partnership to support MAM at one of their clinics in the township Hlaingthayar. MSAP believes that MAM’s mission and activities align with our values of health
equity by providing health services to those at significant disadvantage. Their emphasis on HIV/AIDS, antenatal and sexual health services also align with our interest to develop our
Sexual & Reproductive Health portfolio. 

MSAP will donate $2800 per year for three years (2017-2019). This will support approximately 315 consultations per year. Each consultation costs approximately $9 AUD, covering medications and running costs (64%) and staff costs (19%). The first donation of $2800 AUD was sent in December 2017. Funds this year were raised by MSAP and Western Sydney University Medical Society at our annual joint Red Party and the WSU Red Week. Funding from our joint Red Party and Red Week will continue in 2018.