I. Health education on the ground
Woman-friendly local staff are selected and trained as outreach workers and counsellors to connect with women living in the sub-urban, poor, overcrowded areas of Yangon to provide the following services:
Education on family planning and reproductive Health
Many women have more children than they can care for. This can lead to poverty and poor health of both mothers and children. Some women seek illegal abortions, which can result in infection and death. Our staff provides family planning consultations and anti-conception. Health education sessions also include information about the prevention of sexually transmitted infections.
Education on pregnancy Care
MAM provides pregnancy care and education for pregnant women including “DOs and DON’Ts in pregnancy” and danger signs. Women can receive free treatment or hospital support for safe delivery if needed. For HIV+ pregnant women, MAM provides services that can saves their lives and prevents HIV transmission to their babies.
Education, HIV counselling, community-based HIV testing, and other services
MAM provides a broad package of HIV prevention and treatment activities, including health education and condom distribution to high-risk women, especially sex workers. Besides offering such services in dedicated sections of our clinics, our outreach staff visits these women in their places of work. Here they provide counselling, community based testing, and treatment for HIV and sexually transmitted infections. These activities benefit women with high-risk behaviour, their partners, their children, and also the general population.