31
Mar

Fortified rice in Myanmar

We all look forward to an evaluation of the impact of fortified rice on child health in Myanmar. How are pre-Thingyan sales going? Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ On the shelves in Myanmar: rice for life Dr Myo Myint Aung PATH 3 March 2016 How can a food that’s served at nearly every meal get a nutrient boost, […]

30
Mar

A challenge to the new NLD government

Here is an op ed. A direct challenge to the new #NLD government. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Community health: We care for our own Health Convergence Core Group Tuesday, 29 March 2016 With the convening of the National League for Democracy-dominated parliament and the formation of the U Htin Kyaw cabinet – including the appointment of Dr […]

30
Mar

TB/HIV report

The TB/HIV mission report is out. Now would be a good time to have a press release and press conference about it. https://www.dropbox.com/s/5eyq44ib3om3dko/TB_HIV_mission%20report_Myanmar_18022016.pdf?dl=0 Figure 1 on page three should be on the computer desktop of everyone involved in HIV in Myanmar. It shows the success of the prevention response, largely due to Myanmar people before […]

29
Mar

Coca Cola is a cause of disability and death

I don’t blame the Coca Cola company for an attempt at brownwashing. But we musn’t be fooled. Sugary drinks are a source of illness and a cause of disability and death. http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/seminar_16Dec2015/en/ https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiXzNST1eTLAhWDVo4KHQ21CHEQFggoMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2015%2F11%2F22%2Fbooks%2Freview%2Fsoda-politics-and-saving-gotham.html&usg=AFQjCNGqU3Vri_TeZh6HNJbKhWOTnkC_8w Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Coca-Cola backs women’s training Myat Noe Oo Myanmar Times Tuesday, 15 March 2016 Women are being trained in business and […]

28
Mar

Tough job

Tough job indeed. Dr Myint Htwe is an experienced manager. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Tough job in store for incoming health minister Shwe Yee Saw Myint Myanmar Times Monday, 28 March 2016 On April 1, incoming Minister for Health Dr Myint Htwe stands for the difficult task of reforming a wing of the government notorious for its […]

28
Mar

More about those permethrin treated clothes

I don’t understand why this study is being conducted. We already have evidence that permethrin-treated clothing decreases mosquito bites. https://www.dropbox.com/s/6d210erdstnccp4/Banks%20et%20al.%202014.pdf?dl=0 But we have little firm evidence that this clothing decreases malaria incidence. That is a far more important issue to study. Just because we can do something does not mean we should do it. Jamie […]

25
Mar

Someone at The Guardian

Does someone know someone at The Guardian? A trial in Myanmar is not big news for this paper to feature. But it is good news. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ New drugs could ease Myanmar’s crippling tuberculosis burden Katie Arnold The Guardian Thursday 24 March 2016 13.46 GMT Resistance to traditional tuberculosis treatment means some patients have to […]

24
Mar

3MDG Fund analysis

Yesterday I wrote that the 3MDG Fund was building health centres in order to increase the burn rate. Here is a more wide ranging analysis of multidonor funds in Myanmar. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ The culture of multi donors funds in Myanmar: fear or ‘rational ignorance’? Matt Desmond Paung Ku Forum March 24, 2016 Matt Desmond takes […]

23
Mar

New TB drugs

I am pleased to forward this email from MSF. This is good news for people with XDR tuberculosis. What percentage of people newly diagnosed with tuberculosis have XDR TB in Myanmar? Remember when rifampicin was first used and people said it was too expensive for use in the developing world. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Good news for […]

22
Mar

3MDG Fund builds health centres

Building health centres is a great way to increase the burn rate of 3MDG Fund money. A shame that the money is not being used for transformative programming: harm reduction, sustainable immunisation solutions, human resources for health. Is the UHC initiative to begin or end in 2030? Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Health ministry to launch Universal Health […]

21
Mar

Patjasan

In the first piece, the Transnational Institute says ‘others’ criticise Patjasan for human rights violations but does not say whether TNI condemns or supports beatings of drug users. Does TNI take a stand on this? Let’s see if I have got the second article right. The CSO Forum supports nonviolent activities by Patjasan. Does Patjasan […]

20
Mar

Dhaka Declaration has no sex or drugs in it

A recent ICAAP was held, one hopes the last one ever, only a thousand people attended, and there was a Dhaka Declaration. http://www.partners-popdev.org/docs/ICAAP12_Dhaka_Declaration_EN.pdf How is is possible in 2016 to issue a declaration on HIV without once including the words sex or drugs? Jamie

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