ATTENTION: Mark Goldberg of UN Dispatch: HIV-AIDS-video related to Myanmar-INCORRECT !!!

Mark Goldberg of UN Dispatch is always up on the latest development news as he is fed directly from the United Nations. He posted a video related to Myanmar and writes: “Here is a fascinating —  and wonky —  video from UNICEF. It relates something I didn’t know: the largest number of new HIV infections is happening through spousal transmission.”

Here is the posting:

And here is the vid:    

We can’t blame Mark for not knowing this. But it is incorrect.

The Myanmar HIV estimates and projections document downloadable from  shows that UNICEF has made a mistake. The bar graph on page eleven demonstrates many more infections among people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, and sex workers and their clients than ‘low risk women’, a euphemism for wives of clients of sex workers and low risk men.

The number and proportion of ‘low risk women’ is decreasing. Other graphics in this publication confirm the trajectory of the epidemic.

UNICEF should remove this inaccurate and wonky video from YouTube.

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PRESS RELEASE Doctors without borders: Myanmar: Urgent Action Needed Against HIV and TB

Myanmar 2012 © Greg Constantine

A young man co-infected with HIV and TB at MSF’s clinic in Yangon.

BANGKOK/NEW YORK, February 22, 2012—Tens of thousands of people living with HIV and tuberculosis (TB) in Myanmar are unable to access lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART), a dire situation exacerbated by the recent cancellation of a new round of funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a report released Wednesday.

In its report, “Lives in the Balance,” MSF, the largest provider of HIV treatment in Myanmar, said that there are now 85,000 people in need of ART. In 2010, fewer than 30,000 people received treatment. MSF is currently treating more than 23,000 people living with HIV in Myanmar.

Of an estimated 9,300 people newly infected with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), only about 300 are receiving treatment. The MSF report details the devastating effect the cancellation of an entire round of funding from the Global Fund will have on the struggle to provide HIV and TB treatment in Myanmar. There will be no new funding to expand treatment for HIV or TB and its drug-resistant forms in Myanmar until 2014.

“Yet again, donors have turned their backs on people living with HIV and TB in Myanmar,” said Peter Paul de Groote, MSF head of mission in Myanmar. “Every day we are confronted with the tragic consequences of these decisions: desperately sick people and unnecessary deaths.”

Between 15,000 and 20,000 people living with HIV die every year in Myanmar because of lack of access to lifesaving ART. TB prevalence in Myanmar is more than three times the global average and Myanmar is among the 27 countries with the highest MDR-TB rates in the world. Like non-resistant TB, MDR-TB is easily transmitted through the air and can infect perfectly healthy people, but requires far more complex and lengthy treatment.

“Without increased availability of treatment, HIV and TB will continue to spread unchecked in many areas,” said MSF’s Dr. Khin Nyein Chan. “The time to treat is now. There is a real opportunity here; HIV prevalence rates in Myanmar are relatively low. It is lack of access to treatment that makes it one of the most serious epidemics in Asia.”

Myanmar, the least developed country in Southeast Asia, receives some of the least official development assistance in the world. With political reform in Myanmar resulting in greater international engagement with the country, an opportunity now exists to put access to treatment for people living with HIV and TB at the top of donor priorities, said MSF.

“I want to see treatment be accessible for every patient in Myanmar,” said Zaw Zaw a female 30-year-old MSF patient, whose husband and youngest child are also HIV positive and receive ART from MSF. “I want people to stay alive by taking treatment, like us.”

Myanmar suffers from an underfunded state healthcare system. While there are promising efforts to increase the health budget, it will be years before the country has a fully comprehensive healthcare system.

“The math is simple,” said de Groote. “Rapidly scaling up HIV and TB treatment now will prevent further transmission and save both lives and money. Fewer people infected means fewer lives lost, and fewer people in need of treatment. It is critical that donors help Myanmar ensure that more patients across the country receive treatment for HIV and MDR-TB.”

MSF currently treats more than 23,000 HIV patients in Myanmar. An additional 6,000 people will be enrolled in MSF clinics in 2012. Worlwide, MSF treats more than 170,000 people living with HIV. 


ကမၻာ့ HIV/AIDS တိုက္ဖ်က္ေရးေန႔ ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံ၊ မဲေဆာက္တြင္ က်င္းပ

ကမၻာ့ HIV/AIDS တိုက္ဖ်က္ေရးေန႔ ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံ၊ မဲေဆာက္တြင္ က်င္းပ

ဒီဇင္ဘာလ ၁ရက္။ ေစာခါးစူးညား (ေကအိုင္စီ)

ယေန႔ က်ေရာက္ေသာ ကမၻာ့ HIV/AIDS တိုက္ဖ်က္ေရးေန႔တြင္ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံသားႏွင့္ ထိုင္းေက်ာင္းသားအခ်ဳိ႕ အပါအ၀င္ လူဦးေရ ၃၀၀ေက်ာ္ လမ္းေလွ်ာက္ခ်ီတက္ပြဲ အစီအစဥ္ႏွင့္ အခမ္းအနားတစ္ခုကို ထိုင္း-ျမန္မာနယ္စပ္ မဲေဆာက္ၿမိဳ႕၌ မနက္ ၉နာရီတြင္ ျပဳလုပ္က်င္းပခဲ့သည္။

မဲေဆာက္ၿမိဳ႕၊ ေဆး႐ံုႀကီးမွတဆင့္ မယ္ေတာ္ေဆးခန္းသို႔ ဦးတည္သည့္ အဆိုပါ လမ္းေလွ်ာက္ခ်ီတက္ပြဲတြင္ မဲေဆာက္အ ေျခစိုက္ ေရာင္ျခည္ဦး ေရႊ႕ေျပာင္းအလုပ္သမားအဖြဲ႕၊ ေရႊ႕ေျပာင္း ျမန္မာစာသင္ေက်ာင္း ၁၅ေက်ာင္းမွ ေက်ာင္းသားေက်ာင္း သူမ်ား၊ ထိုင္းစာသင္ေက်ာင္းတေက်ာင္းမွ ေက်ာင္းသူေက်ာင္းသားတစ္ဖြဲ႕ႏွင့္ လူမႈေရးအဖြဲ႕အစည္းမ်ား ပါ၀င္ခဲ့ၾကသည္။

ကမၻာ့ခုခံအားက်ဆင္းမႈ တိုက္ဖ်က္ေရးေန႔ (HIV/AIDS Day) အခမ္းအနားျဖစ္ေျမာက္ေရး ဦးေဆာင္သူတဦးျဖစ္သည့္ မယ္ ေတာ္ေဆးခန္းမွ ဆရာေစာေနဦးက အခမ္းအနား ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ကို ယခုလို ေျပာသည္။

“က်ေနာ္တို႔ က်င္းပရတဲ့ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္က တကမၻာလံုးမွာ ရွိတဲ့လူသားေတြ HIV/AIDS ေရာဂါမရေအာင္၊ ေရာဂါေတြကို ဘယ္ လိုမ်ဳိးပံုစံနဲ႔ ကာကြယ္ရမလဲဆိုတာကို နည္းလမ္းေတြ သူတို႔ သိလာေအာင္၊ လူသားခ်င္း စာနာတဲ့အေနနဲ႔ ဒီေရာဂါျဖစ္တဲ့သူ ေတြကို ခြဲျခား ၿပီး မဆက္ဆံၾကဖို႔နဲ႔ ေဖးမကူညီေပးဖို႔။ ေနာက္ ဒါကို လူတဦးခ်င္းအျပင္ တကမၻာလံုးက လူေတြသိေအာင္ လုပ္ ရတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။”ဟု ေကအိုင္စီကို ေျပာသည္။

ထိုအခမ္းအနားတြင္ ေက်ာင္းသူေက်ာင္းသားမ်ားႏွင့္ လူမႈအဖြဲ႕အစည္းမ်ားအျပင္ HIV/AIDS ေ၀ဒနာရွင္မ်ားလည္း တက္ ေရာက္ခဲ့ၾကသည္။ Continue reading “ကမၻာ့ HIV/AIDS တိုက္ဖ်က္ေရးေန႔ ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံ၊ မဲေဆာက္တြင္ က်င္းပ”

HIV -World Aids Day-NLD-သြားေရာက္ အားေပးခဲ့ၾကတဲ့ ကဗ်ာဆရာ၊ သီခ်ငးေ္ရးဆရာ၊ ပနး္ခ်ီဆရာမ်ား

သြားေရာက္ အားေပးခဲ့ၾကတဲ့ ကဗ်ာဆရာ၊ သီခ်င္းေရးဆရာ၊ ပန္းခ်ီဆရာမ်ား Continue reading “HIV -World Aids Day-NLD-သြားေရာက္ အားေပးခဲ့ၾကတဲ့ ကဗ်ာဆရာ၊ သီခ်ငးေ္ရးဆရာ၊ ပနး္ခ်ီဆရာမ်ား”

The International AIDS Society (IAS)calls for the non-politicization of an HIV clinic in Burma threatened with closure

November 23, 2010 – Geneva, Switzerland – The International AIDS Society (IAS) calls on the Burmese Government to reverse a ruling made on November 18 to shut down a charitable HIV/AIDS clinic in Rangoon. The government demand came just one day after Aung San Suu Kyi, the recently released Nobel Peace Prize laureate visited the centre to show her support.

The clinic known as the HIV/AIDS Patients Care Center has been given up to November 25 to close. The Burmese Government has repealed the clinic’s permit as well as refusing to renew residence permits to the 80 patients currently being cared for, stating that the patients can get care from government funded facilities instead.

The IAS condemns this inflexible approach. Patients should be free to choose where they seek treatment. In addition any interruption or change to care could have irreversible repercussions for the health of the patients.

IAS President Elly Katabira called for the clinic to be able to continue free from intimidation ‘This clinic is a well known establishment that is dedicated to helping marginalised or displaced people get the HIV treatment they need for free. It should be allowed to continue with its work and I urge the Burmese government to reconsider and enter productive negotiations with all those involved’. Continue reading “The International AIDS Society (IAS)calls for the non-politicization of an HIV clinic in Burma threatened with closure”

Authority Will Not Extend Temporary Stay Permit of HIV Patients Who Met With Daw Aung San Suu Kyi- Burma Today

Township Chairman Threatens HIV/AIDS House

The chairman of South Dagon Township in Rangoon has put pressure on HIV/AIDS activists who are youth members of the National League for Democracy to relocate a house for HIV/AIDS patients in Ward 18 in South Dagon Township where pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited on Thursday. The chairman set a deadline of Thursday to relocate the house and threaten to take action if the house was not relocated by then.Published Friday, 19 November, 2010