Census report on children and youth

This census report on children and youth in Myanmar makes for some sad reading. http://myanmar.unfpa.org/en/publications/thematic-report-children-and-youth More boys die than girls in the first years of life. Page 54. Jamie


New HIV treatment guidelines

Here are the new Guidelines for the Clinical Management of HIV in Myanmar Fifth Edition 2017 https://www.dropbox.com/s/37oxe6qu9fz5plj/mm%20hiv%20mgt%20guidelines%202017.pdf?dl=0 It is recommended that all people with HIV begin treatment. “Initiate ART in all adults living with HIV, regardless of WHO clinical stage and at any CD4 cell count.” Page XVI Congratulations to Myanmar for providing guidance that […]


Road safety initiative

I want to hear what Health in Myanmar [him] readers think about this initiative. https://www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyMyanmar/ Jamie


Tobacco-containing kunya

There is a problem with this Op Ed about “betel quid chewing”. Quid is not a commonly used English word to refer to chewing tobacco. All kunya does not contain tobacco and the components of kunya without tobacco do not cause much cancer. If tobacco is added to kunya, it increases the risk of cancer. […]


Active HIV case finding

Kiira Gustafson of Population Services International/Myanmar recently gave a webinar presentation: Innovative active HIV case finding in Myanmar for key populations: A focus on the most underprivileged and underserved groups You can download the slides here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/92222f8f3ad2bfe9c770cf4b0/files/52e64874-4e3e-4223-b8da-72a1bf8bad08/LINKAGES_webinar_Myanmar_presentation.pdf Jamie


New project

This is a report from the Myanmar Times. Times have changed at the Myanmar Times so I want to be sure I have this right. USAID will give $10 million over two years to UNAIDS in Myanmar to regrant it to NGOs. They will share prevention messages, perform HIV testing, perform CD4 cell testing, refer […]


USAID and the Mae Tao Clinic

Is USAID really cutting all funding to Mae Tao clinic? http://maetaoclinic.org/wp-content/uploads/MTC_annual-report_2016.pdf If USAID provides much of the funding of the clinic this is a major blow. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Funding crisis causes cuts at Mae Tao Clinic Naw Noreen DVB 5 October 2017 The Mae Tao Clinic in the Thai border town of Mae Sot – […]


Another world

It was fourteen years ago today that Hla Htut Win died. It is in his memory that I write Health in Myanmar. Last year at this time I wrote that reading a copy of the New Light of Myanmar from that time was like looking into another world. https://www.google.co.th/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=16&ved=0ahUKEwjf68K3s8LPAhUMLI8KHWAECZs4ChAWCD4wBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ibiblio.org%2Fobl%2Fdocs%2FNLM2003-10-18.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGXJVFSV89HOInWrnrVHQjF6X5SUg&bvm=bv.134495766,d.c2I&cad=rja Now I’m not so sure. Jamie


HIV related deaths were almost halved in six years

Dr Tun Nyunt Oo contradicts Suu Kyi’s assertion that HIV related deaths were halved in one year. She said: “within one year, deaths from HIV were halved” http://bit.ly/2xgpg9G. He says they were almost halved in six years. 14,000 deaths in 2010 to 8,000 death in 2016. Good to see the governmental financial contribution for the […]


Methamphetamine and HIV again

My posting about methamphetamine and HIV incidence yesterday received a few responses. Emily Rowe gave me permission to post her comment. Quote: “Perhaps no scientific evidence but there is a documented extraordinary rise of ATS use among already at risk populations in the region (as I am sure you are very aware of). And as […]


Methamphetamine in Myanmar

I was just looking through this old article on methamphetamine in Myanmar and realised there was not a word about HIV in it. Noninjected methamphetamine use has not been shown to increase HIV incidence. There is limited evidence of an increase in HIV incidence among in gay men users in some countries but this has […]



Has dengue in Myanmar started to decrease yet as the rains taper off? Dengue fever: Myanmar infections quadruple since 2016 Jamie

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