Here is an attempt to decrease infant mortality. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Ministry targets newborn health EMG Eleven 06/02/2017 The Public Health Department at the Ministry of Health and Sports has unveiled its plan to provide infant health care at village clinics. Dr Myint Myint Than, director at the infant health-care department, told a forum: “Village health-care […]


Road safety abstract

Here is an abstract of a paper to be given at a conference soon. Motorcycle helmets save lives and suffering for riders. They also prevent suffering of family members of riders who are killed or injured. Anyone who doubts the challenges of implementation of helmet regulations can take a look at Vietnam. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Siebert, […]



You can look at some of the slides from the recent AIDF in NPT on this site. http://asia.aidforum.org/highlights/2017-highlights The Ministry of Health one is especially interesting. Jamie


A rant on TB/HIV

A rant … Fifteen years of heavy promotion and investment in TB/HIV programmes by WHO and what have we got? Different situations in countries with different burdens of the two diseases. Co-location of services for TB and HIV in a few countries. Good for co-infected patients for a few months. Slowly increased diagnosis of the […]


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. […]

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