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)
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.
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.
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.