The Angus McDonald Trust donates to grassroots healthcare projects in Myanmar (Burma) and was founded in memory of photojournalist, author and adventurer Angus McDonald. In keeping with Angus’s own values, the Trust believes in quiet compassion and a respect for indigenous communities: we want to try and leave the world a better place than we found it, but we think local charities are the best vehicle for change. We select homegrown projects and help them by funding areas which require support, and strengthening their systems so that replicable models of healthcare are developed, in turn helping us to leverage more funding.

Our flagship work is in three different areas of healthcare, on three varying geographic models. These were chosen because they clearly meet a need, and were born of community demand. Each work closely with the originating Burmese charity, with whom we consult on how best to direct funding.

  • Healthy Living Helping Society outreach programme delivers nutritional and counselling support to HIV suffers in the outskirts of Yangon (Rangoon), and treats patients in their own homes. It also delivers vocational support, helping sufferers into work. We are supporting the society to enhance their outreach work, and to rebuild their vocational wing which was destroyed by Cyclone Nargis in 2008. Click here for more info.

  • Kha Ba Lone mobile clinic is a weekly community-run service which takes a team of volunteer doctors and nurses into the outlying towns and villages of Hpa-An district in Kayin (Karen) state in eastern Myanmar, treating patients and where necessary referring them. We are supporting the clinic to run efficiently with good accounting and recording practices, and with the procurement of medicine. Click here for more info.

  • Than Ya Gone village clinic is a remote general healthcare hub serving six neighbouring villages in the Kawkareik district of Kayin (Karen) state. The village is typical of those in the foothills of the Dawna mountain range, off-grid and without running water. We are supporting the hub to develop a child malnutrition and oral health programme, and to build a maternal health in-patient wing to ensure the safe delivery of children. Click here for more info.