Burmese Border Guidelines


The Burmese Border Clinical Guidelines are specifically designed to assist medics and health workers practicing along the Thailand-Myanmar border. These 2016 guidelines are an adaptation and update of the 2007 Burmese Border Clinical Guidelines (BBG) which was produced in conjunction with a number of organisations on the Thai-Myanmar border. 

The updated has been completed using resources such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) 2013 ‘Clinical Guidelines Diagnosis and Treatment Manual,’ and other international treatment guidelines and medical literature from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). 

These guidelines have been updated and approved by physicians working at Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU). Mae Tao clinic kindly contributed their pharmacy handbook which has been created using MSF 2013 ‘Clinical Guidelines Diagnosis and Treatment Manual,’ and the ‘British National Formulary’ (BNF) 2014. In addition, some parts of the ‘Mae Tao Clinic 2015 Chronic Guidelines’ are included. There may be minor discrepancies between the pharmacy handbook and the guidelines due to slightly different practices. Please follow local protocols for your organisation if available.

Specific guidelines for malaria, obstetrics and paediatrics/neonates exist so most duplicated information has been removed from this guideline to avoid conflicting advice. For information regarding these topics, please see separate guidelines.

Where possible each chapter follows the following format: EMERGENCY CONDITIONS, DEFINITION, CAUSES, SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS, DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT and PREVENTION. The information within each chapter may not be an extensive list but the most relevant aspects for clinics on the border are included. 

The guidelines are written in simple English to allow for understanding, and the language has been checked and approved by medics at SMRU clinics. 

SMRU gives permission for the reproduction and translation of these guidelines for use by other health organisations on the border. These guidelines are recommendations only, SMRU and Mae Tao clinic cannot be held responsible for  the use of these guidelines by other organisations.

 - updated April 2016

PDF: Burmese Border Guidelines (BBG)

Burmese Border Guidelines (BBG)




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