Photographer, comms specialist and NGO consultant based in Yangon, Myanmar
HIV & TB Patients for The Angus McDonald Trust
Angus McDonald Trust
Photos taken in Hlaing Thar Yar, a very poor district of Yangon, for the Angus McDonald Trust. The Trust works mainly with HIV and TB programs.
Kai on her way to school
Kai, a 12 year-old recipient of Angus McDonald Trust assistance.
Burmese child carrying her younger sibling
As is often the case in developing countries where both parents are often working during the day, many young Burmese children are cared for by their older siblings, aunts or grandparents. This often gets in the way of an older child's education.
Transgender HIV outreach worker
One of the organisations that the Angus McDonald Trust supports is staffed almost entirely by gay & transgender people and former sex workers, many of whom are HIV positive.
Water seller in Hlaing Thar Yar
There is no running water in Hlaing Thar Yar, so water sellers like the man pictured are essential to the area. One container of water costs 350 kyat (about $0.25). For those in the slum earning 2-3000 kyat a day this is a significant daily expense.
Tb infected grandaughter, healthy grandmother
The Hlaing Thar Yar slum in North West Yangon has extremely high levels of TB and Dengue fever due to extremely cramped conditions, regular flooding, no running water & poor sanitation. Once one person in a family gets sick, other family members usually follow. Several of the organisations that The Angus McDonald Trust supports are dedicated to giving medicine, mental health support and food aid to TB sufferers.
Former TB patient
A former TB sufferer treated by The Angus McDonald Trust affiliates. He's now back at work as a bicycle repairman, the main form of transport in Hlaing Thar Yar.
Kai and her father
TB infected grandmother
A TB sufferer assisted by a Angus McDonald Trust sponsored association. She lives in a 2x3m room with her husband, mother and daughter, as part of a larger block of ten rooms. Each room costs 20,000 kyat a month ($16), have no clean water and a shared bathroom and kitchen at the rear. The daughter and husband have become infected with TB.
Children playing in Hlaing Thar Yar
Children playing and dogs fighting on one of the more developed streets in the Hlaing Thar Yar slum.
Burmese children playing in the rain
Rubbish in Hlaing Thar Yar
This stream in Hlaing Thar Yar is badly polluted and full of garbage.
Hlaing Thar Yar ink
Tattoos are big business in Myanmar.
TB patient and younger sibling
This TB patient's face is thickly smeared in thanaka, a traditional South-Asian cosmetic paste.
Kai on her way to school
Kai covered her face for most of this journey, unwilling to be photographed in public. She is sat on the lap of her aunt, who was also unwilling to be photographed for fear of being identified on social media.
Child in Hlaing Thar Yar
Kai's deceased younger brother
Kai's younger brother was born HIV negative, but died from diarrhea when he was only 6 months old. The family keep this shrine to his memory.
Kai studies at a monastery school
Taxi driver leaving Hlaing Thar Yar
There are not many taxis to be found in Hlaing Thar Yar, and those that can be found charge extortionate sums to get in and out of the area. Foreigners have to register to enter the area; it is extremely unsafe, with murders, rape and robbery common at night.
Water source in Hlaing Thar Yar
This is the water source for a block of rooms. It's not safe to drink, or even to cook with.
Kai cycles to school when she can, although her family do not let her do so very often; the roads are long and unsafe.
Child playing above flooding in Hlaing Thar Yar
A child plays above flooding in Hlaing Thar Yar. This row of houses were on the opposite side of a road to a river, which means they do not drain when the water from flooding recedes. This leads to soarig rates of dengue fever.
Inside the chicken farm
Each of the TB centers that the Angus McDonald Trust supports finance themselves in a different way. This center used to farm chickens for their eggs, but a disease recently killed all 200 of the chickens. They have yet to be replaced.
TB Infected family
TB takes 6 months of extremely potent medicine to cure. These family members have had 5 months of treatment, 2 weeks of treatment and 5 months of treatment.
TB assistance center in Hlaing Thar Yar
This river is full of human waste and trash. Despite this, and the risk of flooding, those living near it are actually better off as when the river recedes the flooding goes with it. Those living further away are less lucky, and their houses remain flooded for weeks.
Student at a monastery school
One of the students at the monastery school that Kai sometimes attends. The school is desperately short on funds despite NGO support.
Flooding in Hlaing Thar Yar
Due to flooding, this area of Hlaing Thar Yar is only accessible by wading through an overflowing river.