Budget transparency by WHO

Take a look at this. Budget transparency by WHO. Well done. http://open.who.int/2016-17/country/MMR You can look at any country on the site. Jamie


Dengue prediction

Blaming migrant workers for dengue does not help. Concrete action is needed to decrease dengue. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Spike in Yangon dengue cases expected Myint Kay Thi Myanmar Times Friday, 02 June 2017 Experts say that the number of dengue fever cases is likely to be high this year. Particularly susceptible to the disease is the […]


A welcome change

Here is a welcome change from the usual approach to drug use disorder and a very welcome change from the usual reporting on it. Kean uses the new term drug use disorder. Right. Acceptance of this nonstigmatising name for the problem is slow in coming. But it must come. Peer support is an important element […]


Slick video

I think this slick Global Fund video made in collaboration with PSI is deceptive. https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/blog/2017-06-01-to-cure-malaria-look-for-the-lotus/ There are problems for malaria control with fake (counterfeit) drugs, sub-standard drugs, and artemisinin monotherapy in Myanmar. Conflating these three kinds of problems leads to the overstatement that fake or counterfeit drugs help artemisinin resistance. The text in the video […]


World No Tobacco Day was yesterday

Go to this link in the Economist http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/05/daily-chart-22?fsrc=scn%2Ftw%2Fte%2Fbl%2Fed%2F&%3Ffsrc%3Dscn%2F=tw%2Fdc See Myanmar on the map? Tobacco smoking is the number one risk factor for suffering in the country. Only 23 other countries share this honour. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Where smoking is the leading cause of death and ill health The Economist May 31st 2017 TODAY is World No […]


3MDG Fund report is out

The annual report of the 3MDG Fund is out. Don’t look for bad news here. There is none. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Annual Report 2016: Reasons for optimism for health in Myanmar 3mdg Fund 26 May 2017 Important progress in Myanmar’s health system will bring real benefits to the people in need across the country and stimulate […]


Manual on social science research methods

Here is a manual on social science research methods. Bilingual in English and Burmese. https://www.dropbox.com/s/hqowj7gz81q6682/Inya.Bilingual%20Manual.SocialMethods.pdf?dl=0 With thanks to one of the translators. Jamie



Though the headline is absurd, this is a reasonable article on MayMay. A couple of questions. How is quality of the advice given by doctors assured? When will MayMay be available for Myanmar people who do not speak Burmese? Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ In Burma, Facebook can be your OB-GYN Fanny Potkin Asian Correspondent 26th May 2017 […]


Health systems study and rankings

Remember when Myanmar came second last in a study of health systems in the early noughts? Not any more! There are many countries below Myanmar using this multidimensional index. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)30818-8/fulltext Big download here: http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(17)30818-8.pdf Most importantly, the areas for improvement are made clear. Jamie


UNICEF report

Unicef has published a report on the health and welfare of children in Myanmar. Good to see one UN system organisation is not afraid of using the word Rohingya. https://weshare.unicef.org/Package/2AMZIFDKGAU Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Up to 150 children under five die each day in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar Oliver Holmes The Guardian Tuesday 23 May 2017 […]


Liver foundation

Good to see action on liver diseases in Myanmar. Will vaccination against hepatitis B be included in their activities? Will action to prevent alcohol use disorder? Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ Myanmar Liver Foundation to be formed Than Naing Soe and Kyaw Ko Ko Myanmar Times Friday, 19 May 2017 The Myanmar Liver Foundation will be formed in […]


Space satellites and malaria in Myanmar

Space satellites and malaria in Myanmar! I was reminded the other night that Steiner’s children slept under bednets in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. Malaria wasn’t eliminated in Italy until ten years later in 1970. Jamie ++++++++++++++++++ 7-year award from the US National Institutes of Health The CGIS is very pleased to announce a new, 7-year […]

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