Rosy picture

Rosy indeed. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Vaccination campaign paints rosy picture of health care in Rakhine State The Republic of the Union of Myanmar President Office undated With nationwide vaccination against encephalitis on 15 November, children under 15 in Maungtaw Township also received the vaccination. Myanmar’s 14 million of children including 1 million children in 17 townships […]


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 […]


Back on Facebook

Health in Myanmar [him] is back on Facebook. Him Mod. Like, Friend, Follow, whatever. It is unilingual for now. http://www.facebook.com/him.mod.58 Here are two short articles on health from Eleven Media. Eleven is going to have to do a better job of indepth reporting on health issues. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ 60% annual deaths due to non-infectious diseases […]


Nursing student crisis

Three articles, probably outdated by the time you read them. This is probably the biggest human resources for health crisis of the last several years. It will be fascinating to see how both sides handle themselves. Precedents will be set. Good luck to all. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Health Ministry Stands Firm as Nursing Students Protest Delayed […]


Road safety in Myanmar

This is the best article on road safety that I’ve seen yet in the mainstream media in Myanmar. It covers both driver and road issues and ponders some of the imponderables such as driver side/driving side disonance and drunk driving. Have the number of crashes decreased on the section of the Yangon/Naypyitaw highway that was […]


PEPFAR reports

Longterm readers of Health in Myanmar know that the moderator has been critical of PEPFAR efforts in HIV prevention. The new annual PEPFAR report is a treat. Birx’s emphasis on data is showing. http://www.pepfar.gov/documents/organization/267809.pdf You can see both decreases in the incidence rate and the number of new infections. There are still a million people […]


This is not a new method

When I first read the headline I was hopeful. Then I read the article. The informant Mai Aike Naing makes clear that the mandatory detention, which may last up to two years, is punishment. There is nothing in the article to show that there is evidence-informed health treatment for the people with drug use disorder. […]


New tobacco control scorecard

Here is a new tobacco control scorecard. http://seatca.org/dmdocuments/Smoke-free%20index-Implementation%20of%20FCTC%20Article%208%202016.pdf You can see that Myanmar has a way to go to achieve success in tobacco control. Onwards, Jamie



It is almost a year since Richard Horton of The Lancet wrote: “The NCD community needs an electric shock to its semi-comatose soul. But who has the courage to deliver it?” http://thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)01178-2/fulltext Please join me in shaking people out of complacency on noncommunicable diseases, mental health disorders, and sudden conditions. Jamie


CHAI in Kachin

I didn’t know the Elton John AIDS Foundation supported the Clinton Health Access Initiative to support the Substance Abuse Research Association to support activities to support people who inject drugs in Kachin. I can’t find it in the Mohinga.info database. Nice photo. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Decentralizing HIV testing and ART services in Myanmar Aung Naing Soe, […]


Asian Development Bank project on HIV is still stalled

The Asian Development Bank President just visited Myanmar. Did he get an update on this HIV project. It would have been a short update because the project has been stalled and inactive for two years. It has, in fact, not begun. http://www.adb.org/projects/46490-001/main#project-pds It was ill-conceived anyway. Jamie


The last betel post

About the new Myanmar government betel campaign I wrote a few days ago: This is a good start but does not go near far enough. Half measures avail us nothing. If there is evidence of harm from betel chewing then a well thought-out and comprehensive national plan to decrease consumption is needed ++++++++++++++++++ And I […]

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