MHAA is a professional organization founded as early as 1953 with the aims to promote social support among members and to cooperate and coordinate health care activities effectively with health professionals. In Myanmar under public health system, health assistants work mainly in the Rural Health Centres and within rural community. However from 1964 onwards, MHAA was unable to function as a professional association. Then in 1994, MHAA reorganized and registered under Ministry of Home Affairs, (Reg.No 1754) as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Now, it has branches in all state/regions, 57 districts and 244 townships. .

Membership is purely voluntary and election of delegates is done every two year. It has 3,290 registered male and female members and headed by the President. The president and CEC members are elected by majority of votes. President of MHAA is member of the Central Committee for Formulating the National Health Plan 2016-2021 and also member of Health System Development Subcommittee group of Myanmar Academy of Medical Sciences (MAMS.

The vision of organization is stated as “Health Assistants will unite to strengthen our collective force to strive for communities to have better access to coordinated, effective and comprehensive health care services for their well-being”. Today MHAA carry out humanitarian support activities in Health, Nutrition, WASH and Emergency Response to provide services to the communities in need of assistance. Ministry of Health and Sports acknowledged and recognized the MHAA as one of National NGO to provide health care services in Myanmar.

Vision

A Society attains quality of life having an access to equitable health services.

Mission

MHAA is a national association of public health professionals striving towards accessible and equitable quality public health services through health promotion, prevention and control of diseases.

MHAA will stand as a united, independent organization earning public trust and international recognition.

Core Values

  1. Accountability
  2. Respect on human dignity
  3. Empathy
  4. Non-discrimination
  5. Integrity
  6. Professionalism

Goal

  1. Improve health equity and health status of the people
  2. Be a continually developing public health organization

Objectives

  1. To contribute in improving health care system in Myanmar
  2. To promote equitable access to quality health care service by communities including marginalized groups, without financial hardship
  3. To promote health literacy and healthy behavior, and reduce burden of diseases
  4. To strengthen the MHAA as public health professional organization
  5. To strive for and seek opportunities for the educational development as well as career development of members and staff

Overall Strategy

  1. Evidence-based advocacy for better health system
  2. Community-oriented equitable health services
  3. Strengthening individual and institutional capacities of MHAA and its existing and potential members
  4. Networking and collaboration with key state-and non-state actors
  5. Integrated approach to improve operational efficiency