Polio in Myanmar

In a few years polio may be eradicated and all of us working in health will look back to remember what may be the last outbreak in Myanmar in the last quarter of 2015. It would be nice to give the last child with polio in the country free, high quality education as a gift. […]


False positives

If you test for any disease in a low prevalence situation there is a greater chance that a positive test will be a false positive. Here is a study on the border. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4654433/ Jamie


More on depression

Here is a comment on the article on depression posted in [him] 2448 yesterday: “The article gives the ostensible Burmese expression for depression as “sate kya yaw ga” and says the literal translation is “feeling down”. Two small points – the “yaw ga” means “disease”, so the literal translation should probably include that. Second, I […]


Cracking the silence

This is cracking the silence but not breaking it. How can one write an entire article on depression without once mentioning suicide? Self harm is a major killer of young women globally. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Breaking the silence on youth depression in Burma Annabelle Droulers DVB 18 December 2015 Despite soaring depression rates, mental health remains […]


Road injuries

Road injuries are one of the greatest causes of ‘disability adjusted life years’ lost in Myanmar. Yet they are ignored by most ‘noncommunicable diseases’ NCDs initiatives. https://www.dropbox.com/s/f0tmzklkgr0nnxc/raod%20injuries.png?dl=0 http://vizhub.healthdata.org/gbd-compare/ Injuries and deaths on the roads are caused by both poor road planning and poor driving. Addressing only one of these factors will be only partly effective. […]


New graphs from AIDS Data Hub

AIDS Data Hub is the best! Hit the ‘New HIV Infections’ tab on a country profile page and you get a beautiful graph. This is a wonderful resource. http://www.aidsdatahub.org/Country-Profiles/Myanmar You can also check out how other countries are doing in prevention while you are looking at the site. Unfortunately, the treatment cascade presented is not […]


Two new drugs in Kachin stories

Two new ‘drugs in Kachin’ stories. The first says that most (over half?) of students above grade six in state schools use drugs. Is there no end to this exaggeration? And the second sanitised article makes little mention of the torture of drug users by church sponsored groups. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Instead of jade, Myanmar’s gem […]


Small generator

Democracy is not just elections. Social / mass media can work wonders during democratic transition. I’ll bet the Mandalay surgical unit got funding for their small generator! More. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ In light or dark, operations must go on Shwe Yee Saw Myint Friday, 11 December 2015 A photo that was widely circulated on social media […]


New 3MDG Fund report

The new 3MDG Fund report says that “the epidemic has not slowed among PWID at present”. I guess that is a subtle, perhaps too subtle, way of saying that the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs is out of control. One might even say that the national response to this epidemic is failing. The […]


Effective public health measures

If this is an example of governance by Suu Kyi and the NLD then we are all in for a wild ride. She has begun a trash cleanup campaign. It is reported that “the campaign’s stated goals are to improve public health, present a more attractive image of the country in light of the rising […]


Criminalising men who buy sex is a bad idea

Criminalising men who buy sex sounds like a good idea. It isn’t. http://www.nswp.org/sites/nswp.org/files/Swedish%20Model%20Advocacy%20Toolkit%20Community%20Guide%2C%20NSWP%20-%20November%202015.pdf I hope Myanmar does not do it. Jamie


Women and men and HIV in Myanmar

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” This is kind of a mixed up story on women and HIV in Myanmar. New infections in women are decreasing in the country. HIV prevalence in women is not increasing. If you want to get closer to truth on this […]

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