Has dengue in Myanmar started to decrease yet as the rains taper off? Dengue fever: Myanmar infections quadruple since 2016 Jamie


Chin straps on helmets

What do you think of this graphic on road safety by Heineken? https://www.dropbox.com/s/36c2z5xwgk45896/heineken.jpg?dl=0 Are chin straps needed for full protection? Jamie


MSM cascades in Asia

There is a lot of work to be done in improving HIV prevention and treatment services for men who have sex with men in Asia. One indication of the poor access to services for them is the prevention and treatment cascade. Here is a study of these cascades. http://sti.bmj.com/content/93/5/356 Will tweaks to the current system […]


Increase condom use

Apone, thange and apwint all need to increase condom use in Myanmar. http://programme.ias2017.org//PAGMaterial/eposters/434.pdf Jamie


Services for women who inject drugs

This article makes it appear that women not having access to ‘rehabilitation centres’ is a bad thing. Lucky them. Now let’s get to work to make effective drug use disorder services and HIV prevention and treatment services available to women who inject drugs. In their communities. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ In Burma, female drug addicts searching for […]


Increase quality

It is time for Eleven Myanmar to increase the quality of their journalism on health. http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/local/11167 Copying press releases is not good enough. Jamie


Within one year, deaths from HIV were not halved

I know some people are not going to be happy with me pointing out another error in Suu Kyi’s recent speech. But I cannot ignore the fact that she said in her speech that AIDS deaths in Myanmar were halved in one year. “within one year, deaths from HIV were halved – not because we […]


New burden of disease data

The new Global Burden of Disease studies are out. There is lots of information to look at on https://vizhub.healthdata.org/gbd-compare/ And the Lancet has several excellent papers on the global dimensions of measures of suffering. http://thelancet.com/gbd If you want to look at Myanmar, and set the controls on the left to Cause, DALYs, Myanmar, All, and […]


Pharmacy based approach

Has anyone tried this pharmacy based approach in Myanmar? Did it work? http://gh.bmj.com/content/2/Suppl_3/e000334?cpetoc Jamie


Mothers, babies, and HIV in Mandalay

When pregnant women are found to be living with HIV they should begin antiretroviral treatment. If they are lost to follow up it is a health system failure. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Low mother-to-child HIV transmission rate but high loss-to-follow-up among mothers and babies in Mandalay, Myanmar; a cohort study Abstract Introduction Loss-to-follow-up (LTFU) throughout the Prevention […]


High impact in Asia?

Things are not looking good for ‘High Impact Asia’ in the new Global Fund annual report. Take a look at it here: http://kaiserf.am/2wchCSd Page 27 is full of failures. Myanmar has achieved just a small reduction in HIV deaths. TB and malaria incidence decline are below average. Jamie


New betel videos

Let me be clear about the new betel campaign. It is a good start. Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT434U8PtIQ Demand may decrease as a result of these testimonials. But if this campaign is not followed by more measures to regulate sales and use, demand will simply increase again. Where is the plan? Remorse avoidance is not enough. […]

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