Project information

Medical Assistance & Medical Education in Myanmar

Support needing populations in Myanmar / Burma through medical assistance and the transfer of knowledge to local medical practitioners.
With first focus on HIV AIDS medicine.

October 2012 - June 2016

Charity information: Green Shoots Foundation

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  • Need


    Our programme is set in the context defined by the Millennium Development Goals and calls attention to issues such as:
    HIV AIDS, Malaria, other diseases


    - addressing a lack of access to anti-retroviral (ARV) therapy for HIV
    - promoting clear guidelines and standardised protocols
    - transferring medical knowledge to local practitioners
    - helping develop local guidelines

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the access to ARV therapy for impoverished HIV AIDS patients


    » Provide capacity grant to our local implementation partner
    » Provide medical assistance (HIV medical doctors in volunteering missions) to local clinics

    What success will look like

    Number of patients taken off the waiting list
    Survival rates
    Health improvement statistics

    Aim 2

    Improve the transfer of knowledge


    » Arrange medical internships in the UK for Burmese doctors
    » Deliver HIV AIDS workshops in Myanmar

    What success will look like

    Quantitative and qualitative surveys conducted in partnership with the British HIV Association (BHIVA)

    Aim 3

    Promote clear guidelines and standardised protocols


    » Work together with local opinion leaders and support the creation of relevant bodies / organisations to insure the sustainability of this process

    What success will look like

    Interaction with local opinion leaders.

  • Impact


    For some patients in need of therapy, the immediate effect is survival. For many patients, the long term effect is an improvement of their quality of life and the ability to conduct an economic activity and provide for their family. The success will be demonstrated by our ability to bring in synergetic programmes, crossing the bridges between medical aid / education and economic development.


    Funding risk: our programmes remain of reasonable size and that risk is therefore limited, mainly due to the input of volunteers (for the delivery of workshops or for longer medical assistance missions)

    Political risk: in Myanmar, the political environment is always prompt to generate risks for any NGO. Our local partner has been dealing with risk for 18 years so we are confident that they have the required knowledge and expertise


    In an ad hoc report, in our newsletter, in our annual report and through regular posts on our social media pages.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 medical assistance send medical volunteers
      £15,000 medical education arrange internships and deliver workshops

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    J.P. £15,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Myanmar / Burma: the motivation for this programme comes from the large unmet health needs, the very small amount of international aid and the tragic consequences this has for the health status of the Myanmar people.


    Number of people living with HIV in Myanmar: 200-290,000
    Adults aged 15 to 49 prevalence rate: 0.6%
    Deaths due to AIDS: 18,000
    (UNAIDS estimates, 2009)

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Green Shoots Foundation has the benefit of:
    - several trustees with HIV medicine expertise at the highest level including responsibilities for HIV medicine wards in some of the busiest Western European hospitals
    - a strategic partnership with the British HIV Association opening the doors to a number of teaching hospitals in the UK
    - a local implementation partner with 18 years of experience in Myanmar

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Mark Nelson, Green Shoots Foundation Trustee

    Mark is responsible for the delivery of workshops to Myanmar. He is the Service Director for the HIV Directorate at Chelsea Westminster Hospital.

    Prof Juergen Rockstroh, Green Shoots Foundation Trustee

    Juergen's department in Germany treats the largest population of HIV-infected haemophiliacs.

    Dr Frank Smithuis

    Frank is the Director of Medical Action Myanmar, our local partner, and former Director for Medecins Sans Frontieres Myanmar.

Medical Assistance & Medical Education in Myanmar

Medical Assistance & Medical Education in Myanmar