Myanmar leads in HIV treatment coverage

Was it really four years ago that some people were saying “just give us the money and we will achieve high HIV treatment coverage in Myanmar”? I countered that it took much more than just money. Millions of dollars have been spent and many human, time, organisational & technical resources have been poured into treatment. […]


Legal aid

There are three organisations in Myanmar listed in this guide to legal services: Legal Aid Network MPG National NGOs Network (HIV/AIDS) http://aidsfreeworld.org/Publications-Multimedia/Articles/Resource-Guide.aspx Are there others? Jamie


AIDS 2016 in Durban

I only attend International AIDS Conferences if they are a short distance from where I live. Or if they are held in my homeland Canada. When they are a long way away I have to follow them online. Here are some observations. I don’t know why a white South African actor with an American accent […]


Cholera in Pyay District

It is all about the water supply. Cholera only spreads where the water supply is contaminated by feces. Sad to think that there is unsafe water in Pyay district. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Cholera Outbreak in Pyay District Kaung Myat Min The Irrawaddy Friday, July 22, 2016 | PYAY, Pegu Division — A cholera outbreak in Pyay […]


Friday reading

This is a good article to read on a Friday now that the census results are out. It features someone I admire. Dr Tin Myo Win. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Myanmar Muslim hospital offers hope in troubled times From political activists freed after years in Myanmar’s jails to stricken and impoverished families, all are welcome at Yangon’s […]


NLD rep in Chin speaks on drug use

Three rant points about this interview with an NLD rep from Kale in Chin. I agree with the headline. But I don’t care if imprisonment of drug users is effective or not. It is a human rights abuse to imprison people who are drug users. The figure of 60% of youth addicted is ludicrous. There […]


British American Tobacco in Myanmar

Here is an article on the re-entry into Myanmar of one of the world’s most relentless corporate evil-doers: British American Tobacco. It will require firm action on the part of the new government to stop BAT from killing people. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Myanmar: Tobacco giant accused of tricks to hook children The Times 14 July 2016 […]


Global HIV prevention is failing

Global HIV prevention is failing. This paper was released a few minutes ago. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanhiv/article/PIIS2352-3018(16)30087-X/fulltext New HIV infections in Myanmar have decreased. But in some countries they are increasing. And there is no overall global decrease. Bad news. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Rate of new HIV infections increased in 74 countries over past decade IHME 19 July 2016 […]


PEPFAR budget

The PEPFAR HIV budget for Myanmar is available on a nonPEPFAR website Less than $US 2 million is devoted to prevention out of a budget of almost $US 12 million. http://copsdata.amfar.org/mobile?countries%5B0%5D=Burma Jamie


CHAI in Kachin

I didn’t know the Elton John AIDS Foundation supported the Clinton Health Access Initiative to support the Substance Abuse Research Association to support activities to support people who inject drugs in Kachin. I can’t find it in the Mohinga.info database. Nice photo. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Decentralizing HIV testing and ART services in Myanmar Aung Naing Soe, […]


False claims

In order to stop false claims and sales of ineffective medicines, a reputable person in health needs to make a clear statement and then the authorities need to take action. Can MBBS doctors learn something from traditional health practitioners whether their claims are false or not? They spend longer talking with patients. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Fake […]


Are smoking rates on the rise?

I wish someone could make tobacco smoking rates in Myanmar clear to me. I’m not convinced that smoking rates among young people are increasing. It is easy to blame foreign actors. There are several measures that the new government can make to decrease tobacco consumption and smoking. Not all of them are politically palatable or […]

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