Mind to Mind Myanmar

mental health matters

Our activities in 2014

Fundraising Burmese Food Fair in London

Mind to Mind Myanmar would like to thank all the guests, contributors and volunteers who came to our food fair on the 11th October 2014. Together, we raised £3,050 in total for the training sessions for GPs in January 2015. 

Bridgnorth Walk 2014

On Spring Bank Holiday Monday the 26th May, Team Mind to Mind Myanmar walked 22/20 miles for the second year in a row to raise funds for ongoing and future activities to promote mental health in Myanmar. Our team members were Miss Aye Aye Nyein, Mr. Aye Chan, Dr. Cho Cho Aye, Ms. Nwe Aye Khine, Dr. Nwe Winn Thein, Miss Poe Phyu Thant, Dr. Thida Aung and Dr. Tin Ko Ko. With generous sponsorship from friends in the UK and abroad, we raised £4,974 in total this year. Team M2MM would like to thank all our donors/ sponsors for their continued support.


Fundraising through an innovative dining experience

April is the time for celebration of Burmese new year. One of our trustees, Thuzar Kyi, successfully combined her brilliant business idea of a supper club with entertainment and fundraising for Mind to Mind Myanmar. Please click here to read more about it. Her innovative "Burma Underground" events raised £450 in total for the charity!

Nwe's visit in January 

The very first activity was the handing over of a recycled Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to Yangon Mental Health Hospital which currently accommodates 1,200 inpatients. The AED and 2 pairs of single use electrode pads were donated to Mind to Mind by the Trust where Nwe is working in. Another 8 pairs of pads were donated individually by friends of Mind to Mind. 

As a responsible donor, Mind to Mind initiated and organised a AED and Basic Life Support training session for 30 members of staff in collaboration with senior management of the YMHH, Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Anaesthesiology at Yangon General Hospital. 

Away from Yangon, Mind to Mind delivered a seminar for General Practitioners of Myanmar Medical Association (Mandalay) on the requested topic of "management of stress and anxiety in primary care". It was attended by nearly 60 GPs. Feedbacks will be collated for future planning/ improvement. 

Mind to Mind has been funding for medicines at a charity mental health clinic in Mandalay since it was initiated during Mind to Mind's visit in June 2013. Brahmaso Humanitarian Aid Organisation is a well established charity which runs a huge outpatient service at weekends for the poor in and around the city. This service offers healthcare to approximately 700 - 800 patients in total every weekend. 

Following discussion and agreement with Mind to Mind in June 2013, a mental health clinic within Brahmaso outpatient service was started. It runs every Saturday morning and specialist care is provided by one of four local psychiatrist volunteers who donate their time and expertise there. Nwe saw patients at Brahmaso with local colleagues on 1st and 2nd February. 

Also visited was another charity mental health clinic in the nearby town of Amarapura. It has been run by a retired psychiatrist for past 3 years with the support of a small local charity called Bawa-alinn (The Light for Life). Their patient number is higher than that at Brahmaso Clinic, with a maximum of over 30 in some sessions. Mind to Mind is considering to fund for the purchase of medicines for this clinic in the future.

In Mandalay, Mind to Mind has been in discussion with local doctors who are keen to promote mental health in Myanmar. They will form a suitable organisation in the near future and become a partner organisation to work with Mind to Mind.

Mind to Mind has also initiated links with Universities of Medicine in Yangon and Mandalay for promotion of psychiatry as a specialty among undergraduate students as well as for enhancing postgraduate training in psychiatry on its future visits.

Last but not least, Mind to Mind has assisted Myanmar Mental Health Society to informally meet with UK psychiatrists who came on a fundraising trek in the Shan Hills. This will hopefully lead to further links between the academic and professional bodies of the two countries. 

  • Handing over an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) with 10 pairs of spare pads to the Medical Superintendent of Yangon Mental Health Hospital.
    Handing over an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) with 10 pairs of spare pads to the Medical Superintendent of Yangon Mental Health Hospital.
  • Training for the use of AED and Basic Life Support at Yangon Mental Health Hospital
    Training for the use of AED and Basic Life Support at Yangon Mental Health Hospital
  • My first day at Brahmaso Clinic seeing patients together with local junior colleagues who have run the clinic since late June 2013.
    My first day at Brahmaso Clinic seeing patients together with local junior colleagues who have run the clinic since late June 2013.
  • "Management of stress and anxiety" at MMA Mandalay organised by the GP society
    "Management of stress and anxiety" at MMA Mandalay organised by the GP society
  • At Bawa-alinn Charity Clinic for patients with mental illness, with retired consultant psychiatrist Dr. Cho Nwe Zin and two organiser-monks.
    At Bawa-alinn Charity Clinic for patients with mental illness, with retired consultant psychiatrist Dr. Cho Nwe Zin and two organiser-monks.
  • Informal meeting over dinner between Myanmar and UK psychiatrists who were on fundraising Trek Burma
    Informal meeting over dinner between Myanmar and UK psychiatrists who were on fundraising Trek Burma
Handing over an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) with 10 pairs of spare pads to the Medical Superintendent of Yangon Mental Health Hospital.
Handing over an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) with 10 pairs of spare pads to the Medical Superintendent of Yangon Mental Health Hospital.