Medical Action Myanmar
Improving access to

Health care for all people in Myanmar

Extremely serious

COVID epidemic in Myanmar

Myanmar is in the middle of an extremely serious COVID epidemic at the moment. This is – by far - the worst health care crisis Myanmar has ever faced. And possibly one of the fastest COVID waves the world has seen so far.

We are seeing a wave of severely ill patients, while the health care system cannot cope with it. Many people are dying.
Medical Action Myanmar started to prepare for this outbreak in May 2021, after we saw a rapid increase of COVID in neighbouring India.
At the moment we are – unfortunately – the only international medical aid organization that is treating severely ill COVID patients in Myanmar on a substantial scale. 

We focus on the treatment of severely ill COVID patients (who have an oxygen saturation below 90%), who are in urgent need of oxygen. We treat patients with oxygen, medicines and good nursing care.
We are currently operating > 600 oxygen concentrators for approximately 500 patients, as some need 2 oxygen concentrators. We want to expand to 2,000 concentrators, but supply lines are slow.

Non-profit medical organization

Medical Action Myanmar

The main goal of Medical Action Myanmar (MAM) is to improve access to quality health care in Myanmar targeting poor, marginalized and vulnerable people.

The initiative is from Dr Frank Smithuis and Dr Ni Ni Tun, who previously worked for Médécins sans Frontières Myanmar from 1994 to 2009. They are working with a team of very committed and experienced health professionals.

Measurement for possible malnutrition

In 2009 medical services were started in 1 clinic in Hlaingthayar, a peri-urban slum area of Yangon. Since then we expanded to 12 clinics across Myanmar providing a range of medical services for patients with HIV, TB, Hepatitis, Reproductive Tract Infections and Malnutrition, integrated in Basic Health Care services.

Medical Action Myanmar

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COVID in Myanmar

18 july 2021
A very severe COVID outbreak has hit Myanmar and Medical Action Myanmar is supporting a number of oxygen treatment centers in the country.

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Health Workers

MAM has trained a network of over 1,750 Community Health Workers who provide community based health care, focusing on malaria, TB and basic health care in remote and hard-to-reach villages.

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on Motorbikes

MAM mobile teams regularly visit the community health workers for monitoring and medical supplies. They also provide on the job training.

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Scientific research

In 2013 the Myanmar Oxford Clinical Research Unit (MOCRU) was established, which is led by professor Frank Smithuis.

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