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MCHAN

Myanmar Catholic HIV/Aids Network (MCHAN).

President    :            Bishop Stephen Tjephe

Coordinator             Sr. Mary Grenough
                             C B C M, 292/APyay Road
                            Sanchaung P.O, Yangon 11111

Tel            :            +95-1-511040/525868 (Ext)
E-mail                     MCHANetwork@gmail.com

The Myanmar Catholic HIV/AIDS Network of Myanmar includes programs and persons involved in HIV/AIDS work in 10 dioceses: (Banmaw, Hakha, (Mindat Vicariate), Kalay, Lashio, Loikaw, Mandalay, Mawlamyine, Myitkyina, Pyay and Yangon). Members include representatives of the KMSS National HIV/AIDS Program team and representatives of the six catholic care and support programs. Each program has a number of staff, but only one representative participates in MCHAN meetings.

In addition, there are individual members who are chosen for their active participation in MCHAN-related activities and/or technical expertise.  In the coming months, other Catholics who are involved in HIV/AIDS work and who express interest in actively involving themselves in the vision, mission and objectives of  MCHAN will be invited. This is not a mass organization with membership cards, but a network.

 The network has been actively involved in HIV/AIDS education, prevention and care programs since 2007 although it was originally named as” Sharing About Caring Working Committee.”

 Important decisions which involve members (for instance, representation at International or National Conferences, participation in special training programs with limited space, etc. are voted on in meetings or through contact with officers. Based on program needs and experiences, suggestions are made to initiate activities to respond to the needs.

 MCHAN members share their program plans, needs and updates. They are willing to provide experience for staff of new programs, as well as resources such as teaching materials and  updates. The staff of MCHAN facilitates communication through forwarding of important data on HIV/AIDS-related topics through e-mail, periodic newsletters and regular meetings.

Links with other groups and individuals are facilitated through the Network locally, nationally and internationally. Through MCHAN, its network links with CAPCHA (the Catholic Asia Pacific HIV/AIDS Coalition), local and international NGOs, CBCM, CRCM and other groups there is  better access to information and opportunities,  more effective recommendations to Funding Agencies, and access to donations  for programs’ needs.

Vision

All who are living with and affected by HIV/AIDS receive open and compassionate treatment, care, support, and prevention services regardless of religious beliefs and ethnic origins.

Mission

Inspired by the Catholic Social Teaching of the church, to improve networking and develop programs to reduce stigma and discrimination, and to increase capacities for HIV/AIDS treatment, care, support and prevention services.

Objectives

  • To share program information updates and plan Network key activities with the Network Team.
  • To identify resources, organizations and individuals with whom to interact and co-operate to fulfill our mission.
  • To conduct consultations, seminars and workshops for the members and other interested groups.
  • To access and disseminate ongoing updated international developments in HIV/AIDS work with Network and others interested.
  • To promote and sustain the spiritual growth of persons involved in HIV/AIDS work.
  • To promote concerted efforts to reduce new HIV infections in collaboration with other religious and ethnic groups, NGOs, the UN and government bodies.
  • To maintain cooperation with Church leaders regarding HIV/AIDS ministries.