What it does not say

Welcome to Oussama Tawil. Congratulations to Myanmar on scaling up HIV treatment. Treatment has been responsible for this decline in deaths. This article is interesting for what it does not say. It does not say that Global Fund resources for treatment are so limited that the speed of growth of treatment initiation has been slowed. […]


Human rights abuses by Patjasan

Before the deluge of HIV stories this week … The human rights abuses of Patjasan can be heard but not seen on this BBC World Service radio broadcast. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p057w3f6 Rev Samson of Patjasan admits to torture. Starting at 23 minutes into it. Jamie


Global tobacco epidemic

I went to the launch of the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017 yesterday. Mike Bloomberg, Dr Tedros, and the WHO staffer tried to put a positive spin on it. This wa not an easy job. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/255874/1/9789241512824-eng.pdf Decreases in global tobacco smoking prevalence have been offset by a population increase. There are more […]


Almost all men

All but one of the named speakers in this AIDF Asia highlight video are men. Jamie


Verbal autopsy in Myanmar

I’m all for better data on the burden of disease in Myanmar. Verbal autopsies can be a valuable method to triangulate on other sources of data on deaths. They are highly dependent on the skills of the interviewers. What quality assurance methods are built into this programme? Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ How death by numbers promotes global […]


HPV vaccination against cervix cancer

Will Myanmar be one of the *last* Asian countries to offer HPV vaccination to prevent cervix cancer? http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ijgo.12186/full Great set of articles on cervical cancer in this issue. Jamie


Clear video on drugs in Myanmar

Jeremy Douglas of UNODC does not mince words in this video. Why doesn’t UNODC produce such clear and convincing videos? Jamie


Health data for Myanmar

This webpage is a treasure trove of information on Health in Myanmar. http://www.healthdata.org/myanmar Take a look at it. Jamie


Three months

Three months of Health in Myanmar [him] on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/him.mod.58. What do you think? Jamie


Gender analysis from ADB?

This blog post from ADB is not so much about gender. It is about women. A gender analysis of transport infrastructure such as rural roads would uncover gender-specific transportation issues for men that also need to be taken into account. Poor lighting and bumpy roads make motorcycle driving unsafe. And electricity provision? Homes filled with […]


Clinic used by all

At the bottom of every [him] email you can read a quote attributed to U Thant. “In times of war and of hostilities the first casualty is truth.” This article may be accurate. But my interest lies in what the article does *not* say. Why are other health services not used by both Rakhine Buddhists […]


Donors depart the 3MDG Fund

Looks like Australia, Denmark and the European Union will no longer contribute to the 3MDG Fund after the end of the year. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ 3MDG pledges $40m in new funds to support health sector in 2018 3MDG Fund 6 July, 2017 YANGON, 6 July 2017: The Three Millennium Development Goal Fund will be extended for […]

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