Survey in Kachin

Information is necessary but not sufficient to change behaviour. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Kachin youth need more information on HIV, STD transmission: report Myint Kay Thi Myanmar Times Tuesday, 06 December 2016 HIV/AIDS is ravaging rural Kachin State as most residents feel they have little or no access to confidential counselling, condoms, or information about sexually transmitted […]


This is not a new method

When I first read the headline I was hopeful. Then I read the article. The informant Mai Aike Naing makes clear that the mandatory detention, which may last up to two years, is punishment. There is nothing in the article to show that there is evidence-informed health treatment for the people with drug use disorder. […]


Still smoking in Shan

A helpful reader informs me that the smokefree Shan cities initiative begins in 2020. So ill health rules for four more years. Jamie


Is smoking banned at public events in Shan state?

I posted this on [him] a couple days ago. https://www.facebook.com/SmokeFreeCitiesShan/posts/1082762868503445 And a reader informed me that there were people smoking at the Taunggyi balloon festival. I don’t know if smoking is prohibited only at this event or at all sporting events in the state. Can any readers inform me? How is the ban enforced? Jamie


IOM statement for World AIDS Day

I have been unable to find evidence that IOM HIV treatment programmes are being turned over to the government. Are any other UN system organisations directly executing or implementing HIV testing/treatment programmes in Myanmar? Almost all migration is ‘unmanaged’. And migration by itself does not increase or decrease vulnerability to HIV. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Well-Managed Migration […]


Smoke free cities in Shan

I just saw this FB post this morning. https://www.facebook.com/SmokeFreeCitiesShan/posts/1082762868503445 National or countries at federal or central level are not the only governments that can take action on public health. States, divisions, provinces, and cities can do it. Here is an example from Shan State. I don’t know if smoking is prohibited only at this event […]


Rohingya health in the Lancet

Here is an article on the health of the Rohingya people in the Lancet. https://www.dropbox.com/s/p5o5mmgq02orj5i/lancet%20rohingya.pdf?dl=0 http://thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)00646-2/fulltext Please download and read it. Jamie


Action means a lot

Promises mean little. Action means a lot. The drug policy working group has still not made their deliberations public. The draft drug law is not yet published. There is little concrete information about the new drug treatment centres for us to see. Jamie **************************** Small shifts in Myanmar’s war on drugs Nick Baker Myanmar Times […]


Latest data slides on key populations in the region

If you want the latest officially approved data on key populations in Asia and the Pacific then here it is at AIDS Data Hub: http://www.aidsdatahub.org. You can see how Myanmar compares with other countries. It is not doing well in its response to people who inject drugs. Jamie ******************* Female Sex Workers Overview in Slides. […]


Drug policy

Here is a piece on drug policy that includes the views of a user. The discussions about drug policy are ongoing. The summary of the discussions have not yet been posted so we don’t know what has been agreed. It is also unclear how this policy fits with the draft drug law that has not […]


Heavy spin

There is heavy spin here by the Myanmar Times author, PSI, and perhaps ADB. Put Myanmar and DALYs into the controls on the left of this site: https://vizhub.healthdata.org/gbd-compare/ You will see that the greatest threats to public health in Myanmar are NOT communicable diseases and reproductive health ones. Jamie ***********************A ADB loan targets health infrastructure […]


New tobacco control scorecard

Here is a new tobacco control scorecard. http://seatca.org/dmdocuments/Smoke-free%20index-Implementation%20of%20FCTC%20Article%208%202016.pdf You can see that Myanmar has a way to go to achieve success in tobacco control. Onwards, Jamie

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