What vaccines are being provided?

This Myanmar Times article about vaccination has important information missing. “The Myanmar government is currently providing 10 types of vaccines per child free of charge since July 2016.” What are they? Parents have a right to know the list of vaccines the state is providing free so they can access them for their children. Jamie […]


Progress on NCDs

Here is a report monitoring progress on NCDs. http://www.who.int/nmh/publications/ncd-progress-monitor-2017/en/ You can see the mixed progress in the Myanmar report on page 132. The country still does not have a costed national integrated NCD policy, strategy, or action plan. Jamie


Noncommunicable diseases rising

Take a moment to look at this data on Myanmar from the Global Burden of Disease study. And see those noncommunicable diseases rising. http://www.healthdata.org/myanmar More here: http://ghdx.healthdata.org/gbd-2016 Jamie


Census report on children and youth

This census report on children and youth in Myanmar makes for some sad reading. http://myanmar.unfpa.org/en/publications/thematic-report-children-and-youth More boys die than girls in the first years of life. Page 54. Jamie


New HIV treatment guidelines

Here are the new Guidelines for the Clinical Management of HIV in Myanmar Fifth Edition 2017 https://www.dropbox.com/s/37oxe6qu9fz5plj/mm%20hiv%20mgt%20guidelines%202017.pdf?dl=0 It is recommended that all people with HIV begin treatment. “Initiate ART in all adults living with HIV, regardless of WHO clinical stage and at any CD4 cell count.” Page XVI Congratulations to Myanmar for providing guidance that […]


Road safety initiative

I want to hear what Health in Myanmar [him] readers think about this initiative. https://www.facebook.com/RoadSafetyMyanmar/ Jamie


Tobacco-containing kunya

There is a problem with this Op Ed about “betel quid chewing”. Quid is not a commonly used English word to refer to chewing tobacco. All kunya does not contain tobacco and the components of kunya without tobacco do not cause much cancer. If tobacco is added to kunya, it increases the risk of cancer. […]


Active HIV case finding

Kiira Gustafson of Population Services International/Myanmar recently gave a webinar presentation: Innovative active HIV case finding in Myanmar for key populations: A focus on the most underprivileged and underserved groups You can download the slides here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/92222f8f3ad2bfe9c770cf4b0/files/52e64874-4e3e-4223-b8da-72a1bf8bad08/LINKAGES_webinar_Myanmar_presentation.pdf Jamie


New project

This is a report from the Myanmar Times. Times have changed at the Myanmar Times so I want to be sure I have this right. USAID will give $10 million over two years to UNAIDS in Myanmar to regrant it to NGOs. They will share prevention messages, perform HIV testing, perform CD4 cell testing, refer […]


USAID and the Mae Tao Clinic

Is USAID really cutting all funding to Mae Tao clinic? http://maetaoclinic.org/wp-content/uploads/MTC_annual-report_2016.pdf If USAID provides much of the funding of the clinic this is a major blow. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Funding crisis causes cuts at Mae Tao Clinic Naw Noreen DVB 5 October 2017 The Mae Tao Clinic in the Thai border town of Mae Sot – […]


Another world

It was fourteen years ago today that Hla Htut Win died. It is in his memory that I write Health in Myanmar. Last year at this time I wrote that reading a copy of the New Light of Myanmar from that time was like looking into another world. https://www.google.co.th/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=16&ved=0ahUKEwjf68K3s8LPAhUMLI8KHWAECZs4ChAWCD4wBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ibiblio.org%2Fobl%2Fdocs%2FNLM2003-10-18.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGXJVFSV89HOInWrnrVHQjF6X5SUg&bvm=bv.134495766,d.c2I&cad=rja Now I’m not so sure. Jamie


HIV related deaths were almost halved in six years

Dr Tun Nyunt Oo contradicts Suu Kyi’s assertion that HIV related deaths were halved in one year. She said: “within one year, deaths from HIV were halved” http://bit.ly/2xgpg9G. He says they were almost halved in six years. 14,000 deaths in 2010 to 8,000 death in 2016. Good to see the governmental financial contribution for the […]

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