In November 2020, a friend exited. I cannot say I was close to him, we have met several times — he had dinner with us when he came to town, and once he joined us to watch my son at a karate lesson. I was introduced to him through my good friend. They have been close friends for many years.

When my friend broke the news about Laurent, I was sad; I was shocked. Only two months prior to his departure I was looking forward to see him; he had planned to come to Geneva to spend some time here…


There are 102,960 Rohingya refugees and asylum seekers registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia. The country hosts the largest number of Rohingya refugees in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

But the solidarity act had turned hostile especially in the past year when, as in other parts of the world, the pandemic has turned sentiment against foreigners. Anti-refugee sentiments and hate speech calling for violence against Rohingya refugees and other undocumented migrants have spread like wild fire, both on online and offline media.

Mahi Ramakrishnan a refugee rights activist who runs a non-profit…


The coup d’état in Myanmar on 1 February 2021 have triggered hundreds of thousands of Myanmarese, including civil servants, teachers, bus drivers and bank clerks to protest against the junta. The protests have been the largest since the so-called Saffron Revolution in 2007, when thousands of monks rose up against the military regime.

Numerous countries have condemned the military takeover and subsequent crackdown. The US, UK and European Union have all responded with sanctions on military officials.

In April 2021, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders and Myanmar’s junta leader Min Aung Hlaing on agreed on five issues…


What is your memory of your national anthem? Mine is singing my national anthem (My Country) every morning with my schoolmates at the school hall before the first lesson starts. This was a daily routine I did throughout my primary and secondary school years.

When I moved to and settled in Switzerland, I was surprised to find that national anthem of the country is not sung at schools. In Geneva where I live, there is this song called the Cé qu’è lainô introduced in schools from as early as the first year of school. It is Geneva’s anthem, sung to…


Here’s something about tuberculosis (TB): it is widely (and mistakenly) considered as a disease of the past even though it kills about 1.5million people every year; 10million people fell sick with TB in 2019. This is partly because tuberculosis rates in the high-income world are low, helping to create an illusion that it has been beaten. Have you ever encountered someone who contracted TB, or have had TB? Hardly, I guess. At least not in Geneva where I live.

But if you ask a person in India where the TB burden is highest in the world, you will get a…


That is a question my husband asks me. Every day.

I had given him the task to ask me, “Did you write today?”.

In January this year, I created this blog. The idea came up after I was struggling to follow the lessons on navigating WordPress. Struggling to understand the explanations given during the lesson, I thought, “instead of learning the theory, why not learn by doing?”

Then I got another idea — why not play around with twitter too?

On 1.1.21 I wrote my first post, a few lines of poem to greet the new year. …


Mine is a set of stone mortar and pestle or lesong batu as we call it back home.

I got it from my mother in 2003. I was back home in Kuching from Switzerland, almost towards the end of my yearly holiday. As I was always homesick for Malaysian food, I had this idea of bringing a set of mortar and pestel so I could attempt to make some delicious stuff from it. We wanted to get them from the crockery store, however for some reasons we kept on postponing it.

The day before I left for Geneva, Switzerland, as…


For more than 20 years we have been commemorating World TB Day on 24 March. Sometimes I think we are only paying lip service to ending TB. Time is ticking, let’s #EndTB for real. #tuberculosis

https://biteable.com/watch/my-end-tb-video-2774492

Originally published at http://chinheimerl.wordpress.com on February 19, 2021.


I first set foot in Myanmar in 2012. It was a special assignment, I was part of a delegation, led by the General Manager of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, on an official visit to the country.

We met the health minister, partners, the national health programs officials, civil society groups and the lady herself. At that time she was a Parliamentarian, based in Naypyidaw, the capital city. I recalled seating in the car heading towards the capital from Yangon; it was raining cats and dogs since morning, I was not sure if the driver…


Covid vaccine apartheid is happening. Rich countries are rushing to get their vaccines while poor countries watch and wait.

See the video on vaccine equity HERE.

Chin Heimerl

That girl from Borneo … mother, wife, ex-journo, global health worker, big dreamer. https://chinheimerl.wordpress.com

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