Myanmar

In Myanmar, we are fighting against infectious diseases by developing access to quality diagnostic testing in national laboratories, especially for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Overview

  • First Mérieux Foundation mission in 2010
  • 2 Mérieux Foundation offices: 3 Burmese employees
  • 3 Public Health Laboratory units renovated between 2011 and 2014 with the support of Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux (molecular biology and bacteriology units and virology laboratory).

Situation

Access to diagnosis

After renovating several laboratory units and providing training to their staff, we are making a long-term commitment to support the public laboratory sector in Myanmar.

Our current activities include:

  • Supporting the development of microbiology testing at the Public Health Laboratory in Mandalay, involved in the control of epidemics and the diagnosis of infectious diseases in the north of Myanmar,
  • Supporting the construction of the new National Public Health Laboratory in Yangon (developing blueprints and a budget for the building),
  • Establishing HIV viral load testing with three organizations: The National Public Health Laboratory in Yangon, the Public Health Laboratory in Mandalay and the Dawei Laboratory. HIV viral load measurement improves the care of people living with HIV and reduces the risk of treatment failure. This helps to meet the UNAIDS “90-90-90” 2020 treatment target which aims to have 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of people with diagnosed HIV infection receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of those receiving antiretroviral therapy have viral suppression. In Myanmar, we partner with the NGOs Médecins Sans Frontières and The Union and the success of treatment is very close to, or has reached, the 90% targets, depending on the laboratory,
  • After the success of establishing HIV viral load testing in three laboratories, the foundation is expanding this activity to other laboratories in the country.

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