Med­i­cal Ac­tion Myan­mar

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

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.”

Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi

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