CAP-TB Partners

CAP-TB's work is implemented by partner organizations in Myanmar, China, and Thailand:

Myanmar Health Assistant Association (MHAA) is a professional organization of health assistants that originated in 1954 for the social support of members and for effective cooperation and coordination regarding health care activities. In 1994, MHAA reorganized and registered under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Now, it has branches in all states and regions, 57 districts and 244 townships. Membership is purely voluntary and election of delegates is done every two years. MHAA has 3,270 members and is headed by the President. The President and CEC members are elected by a majority of votes. The vision statement of the organization is as follows: Health Assistants will unite to strengthen our collective force to strive for communities to have better access to coordinated, effective and comprehensive health care services for their wellbeing.

MHAA is solely a professional, non-governmental organization and has no affiliation to religion, ethnicity and politics. MHAA is member of Myanmar National NGO network (MNN), Myanmar Health Professional Alliance (MHPA), and the Health System Development group of Myanmar Academics of Medical Sciences. MHAA’s headquarters is located in Yangon, and branch offices are distributed in all levels: State/division, District and Township, throughout Myanmar. MHAA is financially sustained by the collection of membership fees, the renting of shops, and donations from well-wishers.

The Myanmar Medical association (MMA) is the only professional body of medically qualified doctors in Myanmar. MMA is a non-governmental organization which operates on its own budget generated from its activities and membership fees. MMA stands for professional integrity and loyalty to help and serve our people to the utmost. MMA was founded in 1949 and has a total of 79 branches throughout the country, with over 17,000 members. All the specialties are represented in the Myanmar Medical Association through Specialist Societies which total 30 in number.

The General Practitioners Society (Private GP Society) is the largest society, holding a membership of 10,000 GPs. With active leadership, it is committed to a large number of public health projects managed by MMA. The private GPs are well-trusted in Myanmar Society and are easily approachable front-line health service providers. Over the years, MMA has established a longstanding patient-doctor relationship built upon respect, reliability and confidence, primarily owing to the fact that GPs provide easy access and quick response to patients. According to recent research findings by the Department of Medical Research and Department of Health, about 70% of patients visited private GPs’ clinics for various treatments.

National Catholic Commission on Migration (NCCM) is a faith-based non-profit organization established in 1987. The mission of NCCM is to enhance quality of life and equity in society, particularly among migrants, prisoners, and vulnerable persons, both inside and outside of Thailand, in areas of human rights, education, health, livelihood promotion, and environmental protection. NCCM fulfils this mission via a variety of activities, including advocacy and outreach activities.

Under the CAP-TB Project, NCCM leads the implementation of the project’s community component with support from Rayong PHO, health facilities, and partners in the project's target areas. The activities that NCCM carries out include training for village health volunteers, screening of potential TB patients among at-risk populations such as diabetics, elderly people and migrant populations, facilitating sputum smear testing, referral of potential patients, and providing directly-observed therapy (DOTS) supervision visits for TB and MDR-TB patients.

Pyi Gyi Khin (PGK) is a local non-governmental organization founded in 1997 to empower vulnerable women and children in Myanmar regardless of race, religion and ethnicity, through enhancing basic education, health, and socio-economic status. PGK works in gender equity and in the promotion of the rights of vulnerable women, particularly HIV positive women and sex workers, since 1998.

PGK has been registered under the Ministry of Cooperatives since 1997. After recent policy changes in 2011, PGK initiated a new registration process under Ministry of Home Affairs. The application for registration was approved in June 2012. PGK is a member of Myanmar Country Coordination Mechanism (M-CCM), representing local community-based organizations, and is also a member of the National Technical and Strategic Group on HIV. PGK has been working closely with the National AIDS Programme in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic as per the National Strategic Plan (2006 – 2010) and (2011-2015).

The primary roles and responsibilities of Rayong Provincial Public Health Office include developing the strategic provincial health promotion plan; implementing and coordinating public health programs and activities in the province; supervising, evaluating and supporting public health offices in the province; and coordinating with other organizations as appropriate.

Under the CAP-TB Project, Rayong PHO plays a key role in leading and coordinating with health facilities at all levels in the target areas of Muang, Klaeng and Ban Khai districts of Rayong Province. It provides supervision and case management support to the health facilities and NCCM in order to ensure treatment adherence and success among tuberculosis and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis patients, especially difficult-to-follow-up cases and patients who have problem taking medicine.

The Anti-Tuberculosis Association of Yunnan Province was formed in 1947, and is legally registered with the Civil Administration Office of Yunnan Province. The Anti-TB Association of Yunnan Province is an independent, professional, non-governmental organization and not-for-profit community group that reports on its operation to Yunnan Provincial Technology Association. It receives administrative support from the Department of Health of Yunnan Province, and is supervised on business issues by the China Anti-Tuberculosis Association. Currently, Yunnan Anti-TB Association has 1156 members. Since its establishment, Yunnan Anti-TB Association has been involved in a number of activities. Primary activities involve providing lectures and trainings on new knowledge and technology to TB health staff in Yunnan Province, and providing consultation to government for decision making.

Kunming No. 3 Hospital is an infectious disease hospital founded in 1954. It is a public, for-profit hospital serving the city of Kunming, and treats a large number of patients with TB, MDR-TB, HIV, and viral hepatitis (B and C). Kunming No. 3 Hospital handles the highest number of TB and MDR-TB patients in Yunnan Province.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is an internationally recognised centre of research excellence. Its multi-disciplinary approach combines clinical, laboratory, economic, statistical, and social science expertise within a single institution enabling research on a complex array of health issues and health systems research. In 2009, the School was awarded the Gates Award for Global Health in recognition of its major and lasting contributions to the field of global health.

The LSHTM’s Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group (CDPRG), headed by Professor Richard Coker, is a multidisciplinary team within the Department of Global Health & Development in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy. The CDPRG is based in Bangkok, Thailand and conducts research across the SE Asia region, and beyond. It provides focused expertise on the diverse public health problems associated with communicable disease control internationally and carries out research to support policy reform.

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD), also referred to as "The Union," is an organization headquartered in Paris with the goal of bringing innovation, expertise, solutions, and support to address health challenges in low- and middle-income populations. With more than 350 staff and consultants, and 3,000 members from 152 countries, The Union comprises a dedicated network of experts and advocates.

The Union's scientific activities focus on tuberculosis, HIV, asthma and other non-communicable diseases, child pneumonia and other lung health issues, and tobacco control.

The Union works in some 75 countries each year, serving low- and middle-income populations. Activities include technical assistance, research, education and training activities, and publishing numerous journals, technical guides, and other resources.