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Medical Action (Myanmar)

Medical Action Myanmar is a new Dutch medical aid organization, whose mission it is to improve access to health care for the poorest of Myanmar people.

The motivation for the creation of this NGO 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.
The initiative is from Dr Frank Smithuis (previous director Medecins sans Frontieres Myanmar 1994-2009), Mr Rene Mous, Dr Ni Ni Tun and Dr Tun Tun Lwin, who are working with a team of very committed and experienced national health professionals.

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Why Medical Action in Myanmar?

Myanmar citizens receive the lowest amount of development aid (ODA) of all “least developed countries” i.e. 4 USD per person per year compared to 38 USD in Cambodia and 50 USD in Laos, both countries with a higher gross national income (GNI). There are very few medical aid organizations in Myanmar and most operate on a very small scale.

 

Why is Myanmar the lowest recipient of overseas development money in the world?

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This is the result of political pressure to restrict humanitarian aid to Myanmar, based on the argument that aid cannot, and does not, reach the population of Myanmar. This argument is incorrect and hampers humanitarian aid, leading to an increase in suffering for those most in need. We have the experience that it is possible to guarantee that foreign aid can directly reach the people of Myanmar. Large-scale health projects, with good monitoring systems that guarantee that donor money directly benefits the population have been set up and have proven to be very effective to saving the lives of Myanmar people.

 

Official Registration

Stichting Medical Action – Myanmar (MAM) started medical activities on the 1st of June 2009. It was officially established on 27th June 2009 and is registered as a charitable organisation with the Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam under number 34345953. Stichting Medical Action - Myanmar has obtained the tax deductable status (ANBI) from the Dutch Tax Authorities.