Thank you for your interest in the Myanmar Academy of Family Physicians. The MAFP is the non-profit professional society for Family Medicine in Myanmar. Our vision is to improve the health of the people of Myanmar by allowing primary care doctors to receive true postgraduate training in the global medical specialty of Family Medicine. In addition to a rigorous professional education program for physicians, we defend the right of patients in Myanmar to have access to doctors who:
We believe the result will be a paradigm shift in patient-doctor communication in Myanmar, with far-ranging benefits that include improved population-wide health outcomes, better quality of life, increased financial security for the family unit, and greater likelihood of economic solvency of the health system.
Upon completion of medical school in Myanmar, students are either absorbed into the government system where they work in township clinics and hospitals en route to further medical specialization (ie, Surgery, Cardiology, OB/Gyn, Pediatrics, etc.), or they begin work as primary care General Practitioners (GPs) in private clinics. The private GP clinic is ubiquitous in cities, peri-urban areas, and small-medium sized towns. According to government health estimates Myanmar has 11,000 GPs, which represents 65% of the country’s current physician workforce. These doctors are providing curative and other health services at the grassroots level to a wide range of patients. This large network could be leveraged to deliver services and interventions targeted at improving population health indicators.
However, currently no mechanism exists for rigorous post-medical school training of these primary care providers. As a result doctors often deliver clinically inappropriate care, patient expectations are poorly managed, and the financial burden borne by the population can be destructive to the family unit. The newly established Myanmar Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is endeavoring to address this gap in the national health care system by offering a post-graduate degree in Family Medicine.
The MAFP was established in 2015 by the leadership of the General Practitioner Society of the Myanmar Medical Association, which has 5000 members in 35 branch offices across Myanmar. With decades of experience representing the interests of GPs and having provided Continuing Medical Education courses for many years, MAFP members are positioned to take a lead role in the training of future Family Medicine physicians in Myanmar. A core group of Myanmar physicians and international advisors have designed a clinical training program which will confer a degree in Family Medicine intended to bring Myanmar in line with ASEAN and international Family Medicine standards. The result will be a teaching institution that develops a primary care physician work force which delivers ethical medical care, addresses the major epidemiological challenges facing Myanmar, and helps implement Ministry of Health programs in public health and health care financing.
Mission Statement and Objectives
To train existing General Practitioners and new medical graduates into competent Family Physicians.
To establish a level of vocational training in the medical specialty of Family Medicine that gives physicians the skills and capacity to deliver ongoing comprehensive and high quality care.
To serve as a forum for sharing experiences, exchanging expertise, expressing views, and defending the interest and rights of Family Physicians, General Practitioners, and our patients.
To network and establish inter-professional collaborations and affiliations with local and international bodies sharing similar objectives.
To prepare a new generation of primary care physicians who are able to act as professional leaders, researchers and faculty members in Family Medicine education and practice.
To promote the appropriate legislation, professional accreditation and public recognition that establishes Family Medicine as an academic discipline.
To encourage and facilitate primary care research that furthers the discipline of Family Medicine in Myanmar and allows for the publishing of journals, manuals, and guidelines.
Benefits for Doctors, Patients and the Health System
The aim of the Myanmar Academy of Family Physicians is to address the lack of vocational medical training for General Practitioners in Myanmar. In offering post-graduate (after medical school) training in Family Medicine we are giving doctors, patients, and policy makers a framework for strengthening Myanmar’s health system.
Message From The Chairman
The Myanmar Medical Empowerment Project (MMEP)
The MMEP was launched by SKLF in 2015 with recruitment of Global Health through Education, Training and Service (GHETS) and MAFP with the goal to provide universal health access through the recognition of Family Medicine as a specialty. This will be accomplished by a bespoke three-level Training of Faculty course designed by GHETS and MAFP, with the intent of incorporating the content into the national education system and curriculum. Since 2015, with SKLF’s funding support and cooperation with its strategic partners, such as the Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, Shin Kong Bank, and Manan Trust, MMEP has successfully promoted the setup of, and raised awareness of, primary care education with international best practices and standards.
The Design and Implementation of MMEP 2014-2018
- TMMEP: Taiwan Myanmar Medical Empowerment Project
- MMEP: Myanmar Medical Empowerment Project
- SKLF: Shin Kong Life Foundation
- SKH: Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital
- SKL: Shin Kong Life Insurance
- MOHS: Ministry of Health and Sports
- GHETS: Global Health through Education, Training and Service
- GPS: General Practitioners’ Society
- MAFP: Myanmar Academy of Family Physicians
- THC: Taiwan Health Corp
- AVPN: Asian Venture Philanthropy Network
- WONCA: World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians
- RCGP: Royal College of General Practitioners
- FM: Family Medicine
July 2014 (Myanmar)
The delegates from SKLF, SKH, and SKL visited the Yangon Worker’s Hospital and Mandalay General Hospital in Myanmar arranged by the Union Minister, HE U Soe Thane. SKLF assembled an advisory board of local and international leaders (including HE U Soe Thane, U Maung Maung, Thaung Su Nyein, Win Win Tint, Jared Genser Perseus, Dr. Yap Kwong Weng, and Dr. Peter Chou).
September 2014 (Taiwan & USA)
TMMEP Proposal was requested by SKLF and first drafted by THC and GHETS.
December 2014 (Myanmar)
Delegates from SKLF, SKH, SKL, THC, GHETS and HTC Chief Innovation Officer Peter Jou visited the Minister of Labor and National Policy Advisor, Yangon Worker’s Hospital, University of Medicine 1 Yangon, and Mandalay General Hospital.
March 2015 (Taiwan)
To do a feasibility and design of a cross-boarder project in Myanmar, SKLF invited GPS members (Dr. Tin Aye, Dr. Nay Win, Dr. Aye Aye Thein, Dr. Mie Mie Htay, Dr. Tin Myo Han) and GHETS (Dr. Jeffrey Markuns) to come to Taipei based on an itinerary THC recommended (included SKH, CK Memorial Hospital International Medical Center, Hualien Siou Lin Health Center and Hualien County Health Center). This was an expense paid for research trip founded by SKLF.
July 2015 (Taiwan & USA)
SKLF and GHETS confirmed MAFP as a project partner for TMMEP in Myanmar. The Pilot Phase 1 Proposal (2015) was signed between SKLF and GHETS; GHETS would coordinate with MAFP to deliver the programs agreed for TMMEP in Myanmar according to the 3-year program stipulated in the contract.
September 2015 (Myanmar)
SKLF organized the Taiwan Myanmar Primary Care Round Table and extended the invitation to MAFP (Dr. Tin Aye and colleagues) to raise their visibility. Doctors from Taiwan (SKH Superintendent and former Minister of Health in Taiwan Dr. Sheng Mou Hou and his colleagues from SKH Dr. Shiow Wen Liou, Dr. Haw Yueh Thong, and Dr. Jung Hui Hsu) and doctors from Myanmar (Dr. Nay Soe Mg at the University of Public Health, Dr. A. Aung from Myanmar Medical Association, and Dr. Thein Swe from People’s Health Foundation).
December 2015 (Myanmar)
The Level 1 of the Training of Faculty (TOF Level 1) in TMMEP was completed.
March 2016 (Taiwan & USA)
The three years proposal for TMMEP Phase 2 (2016-2018) was confirmed.
May 2016 (Hong Kong)
SKLF presented at panel in AVPN Annual Conference and connected with Manan Trust, the later whom became a co-funder of TMMEP.
June 2016 (Taiwan & USA)
TMMEP changed its name to MMEP.
November 2016 (Brazil)
SKLF provided additional funding for MAFP to participate at the WONCA Rio Conference. Dr. Kyaw Thu from MAFP and partner of the MMEP presented at panel “Developing Post graduate Family Medicine Curriculum: International Experiences.
February 2017 (Myanmar)
SKLF provided additional funding for MMEP to present at panel in the AVPN Myanmar Social Impact Forum. Dr. Jeff Markuns from GHETS, the founding partner of the MMEP was a presenter. UK RCGP contributed to the content of the MMEP curriculum. SKLF sponsored the design and building of the MAFP official website.
May 2017 (Myanmar)
MAFP partnered with the MOHS to deliver a two-day FM Seminar at MOHS. MOHS promulgated a National Strategic Plan for Family Medicine development. ˙MAFP Chairman, Dr. Tin Aye was inducted into the Myanmar Academy of Medical Sciences, as the first-ever GP to join this elite group (of approximately 300 of the most respected clinicians).
May 2017 (Myanmar)
The first cohort of 20 graduates received diplomas for having completed three levels of the Training of Faculty program.
October 2018 (Myanmar)
Delegates from SKH visited OSC Hospital, Parami General Hospital, Sakura Hospital and Asia Royal Hospital in Myanmar. SKH also provided voluntary medical consultation in MAFP member Dr. Vijay Kumar’s clinic. SKH doctor and graduate from the University of Medicine 1, Yangon Dr. Jung Hui Hsu gave speech on “Role of Endoscopy in Gastrointestinal Diseases” in the Medical Workshop to MAFP members.
A second cohort of faculty have begun the TOF training program in Yangon. The Training of Faculty program expanded to Mandalay. A total of 51 graduates have received diplomas for having completed three levels of the Training of Faculty program in Yangon and Mandalay.
April 2019 (Myanmar)
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Myanmar Academy of Family Physicians and Shin Kong Hospital was signed at the Sule Shangri-la hotel in downtown Yangon. The two parties agreed to cooperate in the field of medical education and research, and to share the Taiwanese medical development experience with Myanmar.
July 2019 (Myanmar)
The leaderships of the General Practitioners’ Society (GPS) and the MAFP were received by the minister of MOHS at the ministry guest house in Yangon. The main agenda was the earliest opening of the masters in Family Medicine program. After verifying the updates with the program development, the minister agreed to start the program in 2020. The planning to finalize the masters Family Medicine curriculum and to hold stakeholders meeting were also discussed.
September 2019 (Magway, Mandalay, Bago, Ayeyawady, Yangon)
In collaboration with the GPS, the MAFP launched a pilot program on Continuing Professional Development for general practitioners in several divisions of Myanmar. This pilot program was aimed at assessing the needs of the primary care work force when the universal accreditation of Myanmar medical doctors initiates in 2023. This milestone program is endorsed by the Myanmar Medical Association (MMA) and Myanmar Medical Council (MMC).
September – October 2019 (Taiwan, Myanmar)
The Shin Kong Hospital Medical Assistance Program to Myanmar (SKMM) awarded scholarships to 4 family medicine trainers from MAFP. They travelled to Taiwan to learn about the Family Medicine teaching program in Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial hospital and additionally visited to prominent pharmaceutical corporations in Taiwan.
November 2019 (Myanmar, USA)
MAFP conducted the “Family Medicine Induction Seminar” on November 7 and 8 at the University of Medicine 1 with the support of the Department of Human Resources for Health (DHRH) from the Ministry of Health and Sports. During the seminar, faculty from Boston University Global Health Collaborative (BUGHC) facilitated as the resource persons.The director general and deputy director general of DHRH, rectors, MMC chairman and MAMS chairman attended the opening ceremony. During the two-day interactive TOT sessions led by BUGHC, faculty members from different medical universities and MAFP were provided family medicine teaching skills necessary for the master degree program.
November 2019 (Yangon)
MAFP took part in the 21st General Practitioners’ Scientific Conference on November 22 to 25 in Yangon. A booth provided conference participants with a display of the activities of Family Medicine development in Myanmar and how MMEP was being implemented by collaboration with international partners including Shin Kong Life Foundation and Manan Trust.
February 2020 (Myanmar, USA)
A meeting between the Boston University Global Health Collaborative and MAFP leadership took place at MAFP office and the action plans for the 2020 period was discussed. BU and MAFP strategized about the coming Master of FM degree with the Ministry of Health and rectors of medical universities 1 and 2. Dr. Jeff Markuns, Executive Director of the Boston University Global Health Collaborative, took the opportunity to provide meeting attendees with best practices in Family Medicine education and training.
March 2020 (Myanmar)
MAFP published health education posters to promote the public awareness of the preventive measures to contain COVID-19 spread. These posters were distributed to many townships in Yangon as well as to Mandalay, Meiktila and Mawlamyine.
Moreover, the MAFP distributed surgical masks donated from Shin Kong Hospital to newly formed dedicated COVID clinics. SKH PPE items such as N95 masks and goggles were distributed to the general practitioners providing the primary care to the community.
April 2020 (Taiwan, Myanmar)
MAFP members attended the online seminar on ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ organized by Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital on April 29. The seminar allowed MAFP leadership to understand the Taiwanese experience in containing COVID-19 outbreak and to discuss with disease experts from SKH.
April to date (Myanmar)
MAFP continues to sponsor online video training programs for General Practitioners in Myanmar. This initiative has allowed MMEP to provide vital continuing education to primary care doctors in Myanmar despite current restrictions on in-person meetings.
May 2020 (Myanmar)
According to the advocacy and outreach strategy of MMEP and aiming to support the practice management of primary care clinics during COVID-19, MAFP distributed the different kinds of patient information vinyl regarding clinic booking and clinic visit etiquette to the general practitioners across country.
September 2020 (Myanmar, USA)
MAFP and BU initiated the Training of Faculty Fellowship program for the family medicine teachers in Magway University of Medicine. This program will develop a cohort group of family medicine trainers in this region.
September to December 2020 (Myanmar, USA)
December 2020 ( Myanmar )
TOF2 Magway Closing and Evaluation Session with Boston University (23 January 2021)
MAFP ORGANIZED COVID ZOOM MEETING FOR MYANMAR GENERAL PRACTITIONERS (July 2021 Yangon)
The MAFP has organized a zoom conference to share the experience and up-to-date information among general practitioners on the management of COVID-19 infection.
More than 40 GPs including TOF graduates from Yangon, Mandalay, Makaila and other cities actively participated in the zoom conference.
Oxygen Concentrators Donated to MAFP Teaching Clinics (September, 2021 Yangon)
The oxygen concentrators were distributed to 10 MAFP training clinics to be able to provide emergency life-saving care for their patients quickly and efficiently.
The MAFP teachers will lend the concentrators free of charge to those families who require oxygen therapy otherwise they cannot access.
The Patient Empowerment Program (August 2021 Myanmar)
As the first activity under this program, MAFP created and published the Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Logbook and the Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose Logbook. These logbooks are distributed free of charge to the community-based clinics where the GPs are using them as the efficient tools in their practice management. In the same purpose for empowering patients, disease information materials are also published by MAFP for community-based clinics.
Ongoing Family Medicine Development Program (September 2021 to present)
Regardless of the disheartening phenomena, MAFP never gives up to pursue its mission to establish Family Medicine as a specialty in Myanmar and to provide proper family medicine training to primary care doctors.
Under the guidance of the chairperson, MAFP council members are conducting regular zoom meetings to discuss how to leverage the strategic planning according to current developments in Myanmar. Planning includes setting up a family medicine center and hands on training sessions for the junior doctors through the Fellowship Program.
Working with z-waka for Better Family Practice Management- December 2021
On Dec 14, 2021, MAFP and z-waka jointly conducted a webinar on the International Classification for Primary Care-edition 3 (ICPC3), using it in z-waka app and benefits of using ICPC3 in EHR were discussed. The GPs using the z-waka app and other interested doctors attended.
February 2022 (Myanmar)
February 2022 (Myanmar)
World Family Doctor Day 2022 Observed in Myanmar – May 19, 2022
Myanmar has observed WFDD every year since 2017 to honor family doctors and to promote Family Medicine and so in this year by hosting a commemorative webinar.
In the webinar, the MAFP teachers presented about the pivotal role of the family doctors in patient care, about the family medicine and the principles behind, and contextualization of family medicine training program.
Nearly 50 doctors across the country attended the webinar and actively participated in this event.
MAFP Conducts a CME Webinar on COVID-19 – September 21, 2022
As Myanmar is currently experiencing an Omicron surge, doctors are again relying on MAFP to provide them with skills and confidence to act as front line resources for affected patients and their families. MAFP continues to be the leading training, education and advocacy organization for primary care doctors working in difficult conditions in Myanmar.
The Shin Kong Life Foundation and Shin Kong Hospital have been partners with MAFP since 2015 in the Myanmar Medical Empowerment Project (MMEP), which seeks to improve population health by promoting the capacity of Family Medicine to provide effective primary care.
MAFP Opens Academic Family Medicine Center – March 18, 2023
This community-based clinic is known as “San Family Medicine Clinic” and it’s located in an easily accessible area of Bahan township on U Chit Maung road.
To the opening ceremony, all MAFP faculty members and the representatives from the Boston University and Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital had attended.
This clinic will provide healthcare to the community with an affordable rate merely to cover the expenses, and deliver family medicine training to the apprentices.
MAFP and Myanmar Family Doctors Celebrate World Family Doctor Day – March 19, 2023
Three MAFP faculty delivered presentations about the campaign pillars designed by WONCA and related the family medicine principles as the essential elements for a strong primary care. MAFP also promoted this year theme selected by WONCA- namely “Family Doctors: the Heart of Healthcare”.
More than 100 family doctors across the country attended the webinar and some participated in discussion.