31
May

3MDG Fund report is out

The annual report of the 3MDG Fund is out. Don’t look for bad news here. There is none. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Annual Report 2016: Reasons for optimism for health in Myanmar 3mdg Fund 26 May 2017 Important progress in Myanmar’s health system will bring real benefits to the people in need across the country and stimulate […]

30
May

Manual on social science research methods

Here is a manual on social science research methods. Bilingual in English and Burmese. https://www.dropbox.com/s/hqowj7gz81q6682/Inya.Bilingual%20Manual.SocialMethods.pdf?dl=0 With thanks to one of the translators. Jamie

26
May

MayMay

Though the headline is absurd, this is a reasonable article on MayMay. A couple of questions. How is quality of the advice given by doctors assured? When will MayMay be available for Myanmar people who do not speak Burmese? Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ In Burma, Facebook can be your OB-GYN Fanny Potkin Asian Correspondent 26th May 2017 […]

25
May

Health systems study and rankings

Remember when Myanmar came second last in a study of health systems in the early noughts? Not any more! There are many countries below Myanmar using this multidimensional index. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)30818-8/fulltext Big download here: http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(17)30818-8.pdf Most importantly, the areas for improvement are made clear. Jamie

24
May

UNICEF report

Unicef has published a report on the health and welfare of children in Myanmar. Good to see one UN system organisation is not afraid of using the word Rohingya. https://weshare.unicef.org/Package/2AMZIFDKGAU Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Up to 150 children under five die each day in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar Oliver Holmes The Guardian Tuesday 23 May 2017 […]

23
May

Liver foundation

Good to see action on liver diseases in Myanmar. Will vaccination against hepatitis B be included in their activities? Will action to prevent alcohol use disorder? Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Myanmar Liver Foundation to be formed Than Naing Soe and Kyaw Ko Ko Myanmar Times Friday, 19 May 2017 The Myanmar Liver Foundation will be formed in […]

22
May

Space satellites and malaria in Myanmar

Space satellites and malaria in Myanmar! I was reminded the other night that Steiner’s children slept under bednets in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. Malaria wasn’t eliminated in Italy until ten years later in 1970. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ 7-year award from the US National Institutes of Health The CGIS is very pleased to announce a new, 7-year […]

19
May

Copies of presentations at forum

A couple of days ago I ranted that the Aid and International Development Forum in Naypyitaw 14 and 15 June should post videocasts of their speakers. I have spoken to the organisers who have committed to put Powerpoint or PDF presentations on their website IF they have written permission from the speakers. Here is a […]

18
May

The new national HIV strategic plan is launched

Almost two years in the making, the new national HIV strategic plan has been launched. https://www.dropbox.com/s/lbjxtezsqmpdv0p/NSP%20MMR%202016%202020%20%2828-4-17%29%20-%20Copy.pdf?dl=0 It is too prolix, like the last one, but let me make just one comment. There is no scientific rationale for including eleven million migrants in a Myanmar HIV strategic plan for the first time. Members of key populations […]

17
May

Critical thinking on road safety

Here is some critical thinking about a recent paper on road safety. http://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/why-is-so-little-being-done-to-stop-traffic-killing-1-25m-people-per-year-and-costing-3-of-global-gdp-good-new-paper Jamie

16
May

Road safely irresponsibility

Anyone who says that road crashes or road collisions are due to “irresponsibility” is being irresponsible. There are driver, vehicle, road, and environment factors involved. Focusing on only one factor will have little impact. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Tragedy after tragedy on Myanmar roads Htike Nanda Win Myanmar Times Friday, 12 May 2017 Road accidents in Myanmar […]

15
May

Aid forum subsidy

I feel a rant coming on. There will be an Aid and International Development Forum in Naypyitaw 14 and 15 June. http://www.aidforum.org/ There are many great speakers. Most of them are paid their salaries out of public funds raised by governments through taxes. Their participation in the Forum is thus subsidised by you and me. […]

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