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 230,000 in 2016, and about 45% 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 8,200 people between 2010 and 2016.
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. Mahamate 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 2017, Mahamate Alliance Myanmar reached 12,395 people from marginalised groups with HIV prevention activities: MSM (6,378), people who use drugs (2,846), sex workers (2,621), and transgender people (550). They continue to deliver integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services and reached over 8,800 people in 2017.
Currently, Mahamate Alliance Myanmar is part of the Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response (PITCH) project, which started in 2016 and will finish in 2020. PITCH is being implemented in 9 countries and looks at strengthening local organisations’ capacity to advocate, generate evidence and develop policy solutions for upholding the rights of key populations. In 2017, PITCH in Myanmar organised a series of meetings between policy makers and sex workers organisations to prepare a draft prostitution law.