Anatana Metta (previous project)

The Anatana Metta project was initiated as a fight against HIV/AIDS. It was led by monks. This project is a Buddhist Leadership Initiative. In Myanmar, the influence of Buddhist monks is very strong. Therefore, when HIV/AIDS issues are discussed, people listen to the monks. First, the project staff provided HIV awareness. Secondly, they analysed the local situation, helped by monks. As a result, monks and project staff co-operate in the work against HIV/AIDS. Thirdly, the project staff asked the monks to spread Buddhist knowledge (dama) to reduce stigma and discrimination within the community. All the project activities were supported by UNICEF. Also this project covered for other township from Mandalay division.