© Vincent Rumahloine for Frontline AIDS

We’re on the frontline of AIDS in Myanmar, supporting organisations to increase their ability to respond to the epidemic.

Myanmar has one of the highest rates of HIV prevalence in Asia. As a result, their latest five-year HIV plan focuses on achieving the 90-90-90 targets by 2020, where 90% of people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment have suppressed viral loads.

We are helping to make these goals a reality.


  • 220,000 people are living with HIV in Myanmar
  • 34% of people living with HIV are not on antiretroviral treatment
  • HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs increased from 27% in 2014 to 34% in 2018
  • The number of people dying of AIDS-related illnesses fell by 6,300 between 2010 and 2017.


Mahamate Alliance Myanmar

Frontline AIDS has worked on HIV 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. Mahamate works with private clinics to provide quality antiretroviral treatment (ART) services, reaching more than 3,000 people living HIV.

Our programming supports marginalised groups most affected by HIV in Myanmar, including people living with HIV, people who use drugs, men who have sex with men (MSM) and sex workers, to advocate against stigma and discrimination and for better access to HIV and health services.


During 2018, Mahamate Alliance Myanmar:

  • Reached 27,587 people from marginalised groups with HIV prevention activities: 12,557 MSM, 5,362 people who use drugs, 8,734 sex workers, and 934 transgender people. This is more than double the number from 2017 (12,395).
  • Reached 21,461 people with integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services (8,800 in 2017).
  • MAHAMATE has been leading and working with key population networks in country and is a member of DPAG (Drug Policy Advocacy Group) in Myanmar.
  • Launched the Community Feedback Mechanism and My Rights (human rights monitoring programme).
  • Innovative projects initiated in 2018 included Community led Harm Reduction activities in Yangon and Siggaing and a Client Orientated Case Management model in collaboration with the National Drug Treatment and Research Program in Yangon, Mandalay, Myittkyina and Bamaw.  Client Orientated Case Management involves peer to peer counselling, allowing for adherence support and referrals to be offered.

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