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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2867

Life & Health

Gender equity and human rights are pivotal for advancing progress on SDGs

The Nairobi Statement endorsed to mark 25 years of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) gives renewed hope and stronger thrust to gender equity and human rights. Achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as a part of universal health coverage; zero unmet need for family planning information and services, and universal availability of quality, accessible, affordable and safe modern contraceptives; zero preventable maternal deaths and maternal morbidities; and zero gender based violence, are some of the key promises that were made last year at ICPD25.

Gender equity and human rights are pivotal for advancing progress on SDGs
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Covid-19: The new coronavirus disease now officially has a name

There is now have an official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus, which has killed more than 1000 people so far: Covid-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement in a tweet on 11 February.
The name is a shortened version of coronavirus disease 2019. Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images
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Chinese officials have begun disinfecting to tackle the Covid-19 virus
Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images
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Accelerating progress on sexual & reproductive health & rights is key driver towards SDGs

Improvements in the health sector, as well as in other sectors such as infrastructure development, economic growth and poverty reduction, play a major role in improving not only health and life expectancy of the people, but also have a direct impact on their sexual and reproductive health.

Accelerating progress on sexual & reproductive health & rights is key driver towards SDGs
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Niti Aayog must stop plan to privatize public health

In late November 2019 Khwahish Warsi, a daily wage earner who makes his living by making and selling 'dholaks', the Indian percussion instrument, who did not have one pelvic joint, met with a major accident and suffered major fracture in both his legs.

Niti Aayog must stop plan to privatize public health
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A new formulation of life-saving medicines on the anvil for children living with HIV

An easy to consume, heat-stable, fixed-dose combination of four antiretrovirals (ARVs) developed for HIV infected infants and young children between 3 and 25 kg bodyweight is currently under review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If approved by the FDA, this all-in-one ARV regimen, consisting of 4 ARV medicines (lopinavir, ritonavir, abacavir and lamivudine), could prove to be a game-changer for millions of HIV infected infants and young children around the world, especially in low and middle income countries.

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We cannot end AIDS without combating antimicrobial resistance

With just 133 months left to end AIDS, this year's World AIDS Day underlines the urgency to step up the fight against the epidemic. Despite unprecedented progress made in scaling up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, we are not yet on track to end AIDS by 2030. One of the major threats lurking to reverse these gains made in combating AIDS is antimicrobial resistance .

Dr Haileyesus Getahun, WHO
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TB preventive therapy saves lives: Why is the roll-out so poor?

When tuberculosis (TB) is preventable and curable, is it not shocking that it still remains the biggest-killer-infectious-disease worldwide? According to the latest WHO Global TB Report 2019, 1.5 million people died of TB last year, and between 1.5 to 2 billion people are infected with latent TB. Only a very small part of this latent TB infected population will progress to active TB disease. Latent TB infection is also preventable and treatable, significantly reducing risk of progressing to active TB disease. But the grim reality is that progress on addressing latent TB pool is dismal.

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Artificial Intelligence - AI: the fragile shield of hype surrounding machine learning

The buzz word is everywhere: sometimes, it sounds scary, because we are told that jobs are going to disappear to robots in the near future and the latter are about to take over us; at the other extreme, according to die-hard optimists, our lives are going to change beyond recognition, thanks to the involvement of the artificial intelligence - AI – in decision making processes.

Artificial Intelligence - AI: the fragile shield of hype surrounding machine learning
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133 months left to make U=U a reality for every person living with HIV

93 countries committed to deliver on the promises enshrined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of which is to end AIDS by 2030. Target to end AIDS by 2030 is also enlisted in India's National Health Policy (NHP 2017).

133 months left to make U=U a reality for every person living with HIV
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Call for stronger action to end TB & tobacco, and prevent NCDs in Telangana

Several eminent doctors and public health experts delivered a memorandum to Governor of Telangana earlier this month, calling for stronger action to accelerate progress towards eliminating tuberculosis (TB) and tobaccco use, as well as in preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Telangana Governor who herself is a medical doctor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan received the delegation on the last day of 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad, India.

 Health experts meet Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan
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