Medical Action Myanmar
When former Medicins sans Frontières head of mission Frank Smithuis founded Medical Action Myanmar five years ago, he had a dream: increasing acces to medical aid for those in Myanmar who couldn’t afford it. MAM is trying to achieve its goals by setting up a network of clinics in which basic medical aid is provided. In its clinic in Hlaing Thayar township, Yangon, MAM also conducts research and treats HIV+ patients.
The NGO received the first ever grant to Myanmar of the Elton John Aids Foundation to further the work of Dr Ni Ni Tun in the field of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis, a viral inflammation of the retinae of the eye, often associated with HIV. Dr Smithuis: “In the end it doesn’t matter what diseases people who visit our clinics have, if they can’t afford the health services they need, Medical Action Myanmar will try to provide treatment and support.”