Progress on NCDs

This think piece by WHO HQ on NCDs is worth noting. http://www.who.int/ncds/governance/high-level-commission/why-2018-important-year-for-NCDs.pdf?ua=1 You can see the score for Myanmar. Jamie


Implementation of the new drug 'control' policy

Myanmar has a new drug ‘control’ policy. Good. Harm reduction, decriminalisation, treatment for substance use disorder. It is all in there. https://www.unodc.org/documents/southeastasiaandpacific//2018/02/Myanmar_Drug_Control_Policy.pdf Now rapid implementation is needed. Does the new drug law reflect the new policy or does it need to be rewritten? Who is monitoring implementation of the new policy? Is there a civil […]


More funding opportunities

More funding opportunities … http://www.initiative5pour100.fr/en/partnerships-and-expertise/calls-for-proposals/ Jamie



No figures are presented. Is this a prevalent problem or not? Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Reducing harm for families of people who use drugs NINA MARGARETA HØIE & TANIELE GOFERS | FRONTIER Monday, February 12, 2018 MA DOI JA knew her husband was injecting drugs. But one day when she accompanied him to a hospital in the […]


Public health failure

Not everyone is going to be happy to see me write this. But a public health failure cannot be ignored. Seth Berkley is CEO of the GAVI Alliance which supports Myanmar’s vaccination programme. He points out that the diphtheria epidemic among Rohingya in Bangladesh “clearly indicates a major public health failure, which has compromised the […]


Heart centre based on an Indian model

Have any plans been approved for this heart centre based on an Indian model? Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Why Myanmar Wants to Replicate Puducherry’s Healthcare Model Sanchari Pal October 24, 2017, 3:53 pm Impressed by Puducherry’s initiatives in the health sector, Myanmar has decided to take a leaf out of the UT’s book and replicate the successful […]


Progress on TB in Myanmar

The Myanmar report is on page 178 of the Global Tuberculosis Report. Incidence, mortality, and case finding in the country are not improving. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/259366/1/9789241565516-eng.pdf?ua=1 But just search the whole report for the word Myanmar to see how Myanmar compares with the rest of the world. Global progress on controlling tuberculosis is poor. But the global […]


Diet advice

The salt and sodium recommendations in this interview are sound. Most of the other advice is iffy. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Limit your salt and sugar intake no byline Myanmar Times 30 January 2018 Following are some suggestions and recommendations given by Nutrition Specialist Dr Daw Win Win Myint during an exclusive interview last week with The […]


What *are* HIV priorities in Asia

A few days ago I posted four perspectives on HIV priorities in Asia from Amfar. http://www.amfar.org/perspectives-priority/ Thanks to a reader who had this response: “It is interesting to note that the 4 people interviewed come from relatively democratic countries where somehow communities have a voice in the HIV response. Still many countries in Asia-Pacific doesn’t […]

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