Myanmar has one of the highest rates of HIV prevalence in Asia. The number of people living with HIV in Myanmar was estimated at around 220,000 in 2015, and about 100,000 of those who need treatment were not receiving it in the same year. However, the number of people dying of AIDS-related illnesses has decreased by approximately 3,300 people between 2014 and 2015.
The Alliance has worked in Myanmar since 2004, supporting local communities to organise and manage projects responding to HIV. Community-based organisations have been trained in areas including counselling, promoting safer sex practices, outreach, and organisational development, i.e. skills in project management, financial management, documentation and monitoring and evaluation.
Our programming targets marginalised groups most affected by HIV in Myanmar, including people living with HIV, people who use drugs, men who have sex with men and sex workers. Alliance Myanmar is part of the Alliance’s Integrated Harm Reduction Programme which aims to ensure equal rights for people who use drugs and contribute to end AIDS among this population. In 2016, Alliance Myanmar reached over 25,800 people from marginalised groups with HIV prevention activities, a significant proportion of which were people who use drugs.
Alliance Myanmar was working with young people as part of the Link Up project, an ambitious, five country programme which helped to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people. Despite the end of Link Up, Alliance Myanmar continues to deliver integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services and reached over 15,000 people in 2016.