Enhancing education to reduce harms associated with drug use in Yangon, Myanmar

Image: A counselling session takes place at the drop in centre

This one stop service and outreach model provides a comprehensive package of services at the drop in centre (DIC). Services include; needle & syringe exchange and provision, counselling services, HIV and STI screening and treatment, condom distribution, safe sex and behaviour change education, referral to methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) and other health services.

Primary health care services are provided at the DIC as well as through peer educators, mobile medical teams and counsellors. Areas addressed include general health related ailments, symptomatic treatment of withdrawal symptoms, screening for Hepatitis B and C and vaccination for Hepatitis B.

The enabling environment is supported through coordination and planning with project beneficiaries, local service providers, including community-based organisations and the townships health system in a number of areas. These are:

  • Undertaking participatory development methods for project design and implementation
  • Establishing and supporting self-help groups and networks to enable sustained behaviour change and empowerment
  • Accepting service referrals from other service providers
  • Strengthening advocacy capacity of community leaders, health sector and local law enforcement


February 2014 - December 2017


  • National AIDS Program
  • National Drug Abuse Control Program
  • Drug Treatment Centres
  • National Drug User Network
  • Law Enforcement Force
  • Local authority
  • Drug Users Self Help Groups
  • Myanmar Anti Narcotic Association (MANA)
  • Substance Abuse Research Association (SARA)


3 Millennium Development Goals Fund

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Doctor Phone Myint Win

Country Representative, Myanmar