Why not work with tobacco companies?

Coca Cola and other sugary drinks cause much ill health. Here is a story on how organisations work with the Coca Cola company to deliver things. http://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/project-last-mile-2017 Cigarettes can also be found everywhere. Why don’t the Global Fund, USAID, and the Gates Foundation work with tobacco companies on distribution projects? Jamie


Road safety in Myanmar

Here is a new excellent report on road safety in Myanmar. https://www.google.ch/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj-uv7Bz9DUAhXpJ8AKHVIiAEsQFghAMAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fia.com%2Ffile%2F56553%2Fdownload%3Ftoken%3DM_YRVQs_&usg=AFQjCNFQXEUZqinqHX_rfAXwocrFfYAvqA It addresses vehicle, road, and road user issues. Disappointed not to see the word alcohol in the executive summary. “Drink driving” is a term increasingly in use. My mother would have called this a strange term. Jamie


Early infant diagnosis of HIV in Myanmar

Here is a paper on early infant diagnosis of HIV in Myanmar. You can see the full article online. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Early infant diagnosis of HIV in Myanmar: call for innovative interventions to improve uptake and reduce turnaround time Soe Thiha ORCID Icon, Hemant Deepak Shewade ORCID Icon, Sairu Philip ORCID Icon, Thet Ko Aung […]


Two new TB vans

Here are two new TB vans. Do the vans provide sputum microscopy, Xpert testing, and treatment, or only rapid chest microscopy? Where, exactly, will they go? Is there a plan to take them into remote and hilly areas or will they be used only in cities and on the plains? Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Two new mobile […]


Balanced reporting on child health

This good news press release from UNICEF for Father’s Day should be balanced with the information that Myanmar has a worse infant mortality rate 40 than Nepal at 32. And a worse child mortality rate of 50 than Nepal at 38. http://dhsprogram.com/Where-We-Work/Country-Main.cfm?ctry_id=64&c=Myanmar&Country=Myanmar&cn=&r=4 http://dhsprogram.com/pubs/pdf/PR88/PR88.pdf Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Myanmar’s investments in children’s early development are paying dividends Yangon, […]


Reframing and maybe renaming

There is a need to reframe NCDs. Is there also a need to rename? http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(17)30200-0/fulltext?rss=yes https://www.phc.ox.ac.uk/publications/700594 Your thoughts? Jamie


Tobacco taxes

If the People’s Health Foundation doesn’t tell you about tobacco taxes, I will. WHO considers them a ‘best buy’ for noncommunicable diseases NCDs. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjI6-7zzb_UAhVFWz4KHRkHDmcQFggiMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.who.int%2Fncds%2Fgovernance%2Fdiscussion-paper-updating-appendix3-25july2016-EN.pdf&usg=AFQjCNH5_Yx6_0OB316wWXPzWTxAWf36dw Here is a posting, a policy paper, and a podcast. https://www.cgdev.org/blog/tobacco-taxes-need-be-much-bigger-part-fiscal-policy-discussion https://www.cgdev.org/publication/single-best-health-policy-world-tobacco-taxes https://www.cgdev.org/blog/tobacco-epidemic-%E2%80%93-bill-savedoff What is holding up implementation of increased tobacco taxes in Myanmar? Jamie


Cervical cancer in Myanmar

Today is a good day to take a look at a cervical cancer website. It is the third leading cancer in Myanmar. http://m-r-i.org/ A cancer with an infectious cause. Human papilloma virus causes cervical cancer. And there is a vaccine to prevent it. Then early detection can decrease the suffering and death. More action needed. […]


An opportunity lost

I’m going to be hard on Than Sein and the People’s Health Foundation in this posting. It is the recipient of a grant from the NCD Alliance to *lead* a civil society response to NCDs in Myanmar. There is nothing wrong with civil society advocating for smoke free spaces. Governments can declare spaces smoke free […]


Reverse order

Last week I commented that a drug law was developed before a drug policy which seemed to me to be in the wrong order. http://hivinfo4mm.org/new-drug-law-and-new-drug-policy/ An anonymous comment from a reader: “Only in Myanmar, do you can see such an odd order. There are other examples of it too. Because of political, historical and structural […]


New drug law and new drug policy

Decriminalisation of drug use is the best way forward. If decriminalisation does not proceed, the new law should be clear that treatment of drug use disorder should be voluntary. I see that new national drug policy is being developed. Isn’t the usual order to develop a policy and then a law? Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ The push […]



I’d like to draw your attention to a string of tweets by Karen Cavanaugh on the first activities of the new National Health plan. @cavanaughki If you weren’t at the presentation, take a look. We will all have failed if we don’t show solidarity for the cause of implementing the National Health Plan. Is there […]

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