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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2039

Life & Health

Applied health research for making systems work for all is vital to #endTB

"Excellence in health means devoting your life to ending poverty" said physician and comedian Patch Adams many years ago, but these words have gained even more relevance in the current context and development paradigm.

Applied health research for making systems work for all is vital to #endTB
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Urban TB hotspots Cannot Be On Blindspot, If We Are To end TB!

Our governments have committed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 but without concerted action, the promises will barely remain a mirage. For instance, unless social influencers of tuberculosis (TB) get due attention from all different sectors that have a role to play, we cannot end TB.

 Dr Netty Kamp, senior advisor in TB care and control
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Fighting to death to defeat death

"One morning when I woke up in the hospital, it was not just another day. It was a day of numbing silence. I could not hear anything. I switched on the TV, but there was no sound. In a confused state, I went to the nurse. I could see that her lips were moving but I was not able to hear what she was saying.

TB survivor Phumeza Tisile
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Smoking as an ‘informed choice’: implications for endgame strategies

Published in British Medical Journal, a study findings conducted through in-depth interviews with New Zealand politicians, policy analysts and tobacco control advocates, to examine how they interpreted 'informed choice' about smoking as argued by tobacco companies often asserting that adults should be free to make their own choice when using cigarettes, the participants rejected this assumption and saw it as a cynical self-justification by tobacco companies.

Smoking as an ‘informed choice’: implications for endgame strategies
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Back to basics to #endTB: Do it right the first time, every time!

Are we losing grip on the evidence-based basic principles that were in the core of fighting tuberculosis? Challenges like drug resistance which are posing a threat to global health security warrant a review.

Back to basics to #endTB: Do it right the first time, every time!
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Can we reach the tipping point for childhood TB?

An estimated 1 million annual cases of children with TB (although the actual number could be much higher); 210,000 annual deaths from childhood TB - a mortality rate of 21%! More shockingly, 96% of these deaths occur in children who do not receive any TB treatment. A treatable and preventable disease that is not being treated, and certainly not being prevented. A scary situation indeed!

Dr Jeffrey R Starke
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Tobacco industry-funded Foundation fits in a long-established and sinister pattern of corporate chicanery

The Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) obliges Parties to act to protect public health policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law.

Tobacco industry-funded Foundation fits in a long-established and sinister pattern of corporate chicanery
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ILO should drop the tobacco industry - Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The governing body of the International Labor Organization (ILO) – a United Nations agency –will meet in Geneva, beginning on October 26, to decide whether to cast out tobacco companies from its membership.

Mark Hurley -International Director of Tobacco Industry Campaigns, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kid
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An environment friendly decision

The World Health Organization states that cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded piece of waste globally and the most frequent item of litter picked up on beaches and water edges worldwide.

An environment friendly decision
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What's the link? Diabetes, latent TB, active TB disease and drug resistant TB

Incidentally, the opening day of the largest global lung health conference, also marked the World Obesity Day. One of the important highlights at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health was the study that probed if diabetes affects latent (or dormant) TB infection.

Photo caption: (L to R) Dr Mileni Romero, Jose Luis Castro, Dr Pablo Antonio Kuri Morales, Dr Leonardo Martinez
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