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. […]


Private sector and TB control in Myanmar

Here is a paper on the private sector and TB control in Myanmar. The impact of PSI activities is clear. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Engagement of public and private medical facilities in tuberculosis care in Myanmar: contributions and trends over an eight-year period Thin Thin Nwe, Saw Saw, Le Le Win, Myo Myo Mon, Johan van Griensven, […]


Myanmar's new drug law

Here is a brief on proposed changes to Myanmar’s drug law. Thanks to a few informants for their opinions on it. The proposed new law has mandatory community service which may include hard manual labour. It is not clear whether ‘treatment and rehabilitation’ is fully voluntary. And the Upper House did not approve exemption of […]


Milk industry infomercial

Heard of the commercial determinants of health? Here is a copyrighted milk industry infomercial. Dr Aye Thidar Than is the mouthpiece. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Milk consumption could decrease diabetes rate in Myanmar: Study Jim Cornall Dairy Reporter 21-Aug-2017 Consuming one glass of dairy milk a day can help prevent diabetes by 12% and hypertension by a […]


Same old

Same old same old in this analysis of the public health system in Myanmar. With the bright exception of UHC. The author is the same Elliot Brennan who is quoted in this piece. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/world/asia/myanmar-peace-negotiator-min-zaw-oo.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Myanmar’s Public Health system and policy: Improving but inequality still looms large Elliot Brennan teacircleoxford August 30, 2017 Elliot […]

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