AIS Mobile Clinic Brings Crucial TB Services to Remote Village

Providing CXR screening in Mon Tone Shaung village, Lahe Township (MAM)

In Myanmar, the HIV/TB Agency, Information, and Services (AIS) Activity supports efforts to scale-up TB services to end TB as a public health threat. With the aim to combat tuberculosis (TB) and improve healthcare access in remote and hard-to-reach areas, the AIS partner, Medical Action Myanmar (MAM), extends vital TB services to underserved communities.

In the last week of April 2024, MAM conducted a TB mobile clinic in Mon Tone Shaung village, located in the Naga Self-Administered Zone, approximately three hours’ drive from Lahe township. Despite the challenging journey—half of which is navigable only by car and the rest requiring travel by motorbike—the clinic successfully reached this remote village, home to around 270 ethnic minority individuals.

Equipped with a CXR machine and molecular diagnostics machine Truenat, the mobile clinic provided crucial TB screening services. Out of the 62 individuals screened by CXR, three patients were identified as suggestive of TB, with one patient testing positive for Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (MTB). The MAM mobile team promptly referred these patients to the National TB Program (NTP) for further management and facilitated access to TB treatment.

This initiative underscores the importance of mobile clinics in remote areas, ensuring early detection and treatment of TB—a significant public health threat in Myanmar. The AIS, alongside its mobile teams in Kachin, Sagaing, and Naga self-administered zone, continues to provide comprehensive TB diagnosis and treatment services. Collaborating with existing Community-Based Health Workers (CBHWs), the AIS is committed to intensifying case finding efforts and advancing TB services to address this critical public health challenge in Myanmar.