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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2585

Life & Health

Real talk: Are we on track to end malaria?

This year’s World Malaria Day theme, "Zero Malaria Starts With Me" re-energizes the fight to eliminate malaria which, despite being preventable and treatable, still kills over half a million people every year. While incredible progress has been made in the past 15 years (with over 7 million malaria deaths averted and about 40% reduction in malaria globally), the fight against the disease is now inching towards a tipping point - progress has slowed down in some parts of the world and reversed in a few.

Real talk: Are we on track to  end malaria?
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Unfortunately, UN agencies have never put TB as their top priority, said Dr. Mario Raviglione.

“There is no single country in the world which has ever eliminated tuberculosis (TB) which is the number one infectious disease killer in the world. Asia and Africa respectively account for 60% and 25% of the global TB cases.
Every year 10 million patients with TB are reported in the world and 1.6 million die of it, which amounts to nearly 4000 deaths per day.

 Dr. Mario Raviglione.
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It’s Time to bend the curve sharply to #endTB

Although governments of 193 countries had promised way back in 2015 to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, the global annual rate of TB decline since then has been much less than what is required. The rate of TB decline which is currently hovering around 1.5%, should catapult to over 10% by 2025 globally, in order to end TB by 2030. But some countries do give hope; like Thailand, which has already achieved a TB decline rate of around 10% (source: WHO Global TB Report 2018). The number of drug-resistant TB cases also saw a 13% reduction in Thailand in the past year.

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"India spending three times more money to treat tobacco victims than revenue from tobacco" - Professor Surya Kant

Worldwide tobacco industry's so-called claim is that they are revenue earners for governments and are good for the country's' economy is a totally baseless one, as annual medical costs incurred on people between 35-59 years of age who develop diseases due to tobacco use is INR 1,04,500 crores while the combined tax revenue collected annually from tobacco products is INR 31,000 crores annually.

"India spending three times more money to treat tobacco victims than  revenue from tobacco" - Professor Surya Kant
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Local actions are building blocks for #GlobalGoals

International commitments are vital for a better tomorrow but no less important are local actions on the frontlines, for bringing in desired change. Most important and often unheard voices are of those who are striving hard to bring in a change on the frontlines. These voices from the grounds-up, need to be plugged in to those at national, regional and global levels who are driving bigger processes for a better tomorrow.

Local actions are building blocks for #GlobalGoals
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It's Time: Match Words With Actions To #End TB

Alongside boosting research and development of new tools to prevent, diagnose and treat TB, there is an acute need to optimally deploy and maximally utilize existing tools for preventing, diagnosing and treating TB, says Dr Nguyen Viet Nhung, head of national TB programme in Vietnam and Director of National Lung Hospital, Hanoi.

Interview with Dr Nguyen Viet Nhung
It's Time: Match Words With Actions To #End TB
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Complacency kills: Prevention cannot take a backseat while we scale up treatment coverage to #endAIDS

"The global health system is only as strong as its weakest parts" had said UNDP’s Mandeep Dhaliwal in her article around last year's World AIDS Day. The context has only deepened over the year, not only for ending AIDS but also for health security in general. With Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) on 12th December this year, time is running out to catch up on lost opportunities to advance towards UHC.

Complacency kills: Prevention cannot take a backseat while we scale up treatment coverage to #endAIDS
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More needs to be done along with 90-90-90, to end AIDS!

A webinar was organized by the Citizens News Service (CNS) to raise awareness to eliminate transmission of HIV and promote healthy and productive normal life spans for all people living with HIV revealed that 193 governments have committed to end AIDS by 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs).

 Dr. Ishwar Gilada - President of AIDS Society of India
More needs to be done along with 90-90-90, to end AIDS!
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Know your status to end AIDS by 2025

The World Aids Day falls on 1st of December and the National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSCAP) has organized events to raise awareness on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, commonly known as AIDS, and to remember those who died due to AIDS.

Know your status to end AIDS by 2025
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WHO prioritized AMR: A key issue tackled through multi-sectoral partnership

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a multi-sectoral problem affecting human and animal health, agriculture, as well as the global environment and trade. Clean water, sustainable food production and poverty alleviation are but a few of the challenges it poses.

WHO prioritized AMR: A key issue tackled through multi-sectoral partnership
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