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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2365

Life & Health

Health security is central to "sustainable societies" - Is AMR a threat?

Accelerating research and development for new diagnostics, treatments and vaccines etc. needs more attention since the world is losing effective drugs that are no longer working due to drug resistance. Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) is threatening to push us back to the pre-antibiotic era. Today the world is slipping more towards the risk of dealing with 'superbugs' that are virtually untreatable, including drug resistant gonorrhea.

Health security is central to "sustainable societies" - Is AMR a threat?
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Is it the final countdown to #endTB?

The world's eyes and ears are expectantly focussed on the forthcoming first-ever UN High Level Meeting (UNHLM) to #endTB: "United to End TB: An Urgent Global Response to a Global Epidemic." The global TB community is hailing this as a landmark opportunity to marshal political will and resources to end TB by 2030. Will this meeting actually turn out to be the magic potion that would rid the world of TB by 2030?

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Male Infertility: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Mankind ensures continuity of its species through procreation or reproduction. Human procreation means sexual reproduction resulting in human fertilization, usually due to sexual intercourse between a male and a female. To ensure a successful fertilization both the man and the woman must have adequate levels of fertility.

Male Infertility: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Sperms swimming towards an egg  (Image courtesy- conceiveplease.com   )
Healthy female reproductive system (Image courtesy- anatomyparts.us )
Normal and abnormal sperms (Image courtesy- ehealthcares.info )
Healthy male reproductive system (Image courtesy- anatomyparts.us )
Female egg and the male sperm fuse to create a zygote cell which then turns into an embryo. 23 chromosomes from the male and female each.
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Sri Lanka - Rotation of Pictorial Health Warnings on tobacco products

Sri Lanka initiated implementation of Article 11-Pictorial Health Warnings (PHWs ) - on tobacco products - of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) of the World Health Organization, early 2015. The pictures cover 80 percent of the surface area of cigarette packets, and eight pictures were introduced.

Pictorial Health Warnings
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Fight Against World’s Deadliest Industry

Tobacco remains the world's single largest preventable cause of death. Tobacco killed about a hundred million people in the twentieth century, it now kills over seven million people every year, more than AIDS, malaria, and traffic accidents combined. Heart disease claims the largest number, but close behind are emphysema and lung cancer, followed by premature birth, gangrene, and cancers of the human bladder, pancreas, and cervix and more.

Fight Against  World’s Deadliest Industry
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Will SimpliciTB make TB treatment simpler?

Taking the encouraging results of its N-005 study one step forward, TB Alliance has initiated SimpliciTB a pivotal clinical study to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of a novel and potentially shorter 4 drug regimen for patients with drug-sensitive (DS) as well as multi drug-resistant (MDR) pulmonary TB.

Will SimpliciTB make TB treatment simpler?
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Existence of civil society is under threat

The increasing repression of civil society was a major theme that emerged during the recently concluded 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam. A range of presentations and discussions confirmed that, in many countries, like Hungary, Russia, Venezuela, and the Philippines, the civil society space for HIV prevention is diminishing with the introduction of new laws and policies that are aimed at minimizing access to human rights and jeopardizing the health and well-being of key populations.

Photograph of Gandhiji's Talisman
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Where are the nurses in the HIV response?

Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, nurses have been at the forefront of the response to this once fatal infection. The nurse is involved at every stage of the trajectory of a person living with HIV—from usually being the first to counsel the newly diagnosed person, to one of the last to be with him/her at the point of death.

Where are the nurses in the HIV response?
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Slump in fight against #AIDS can derail progress made so far!

“Tremendous progress against AIDS over the past 15 years has inspired a global commitment to end the epidemic by 2030. Out of the total 36.9 million people living with HIV (PLHIV) globally, 21.7 million of them were on antiretroviral therapy (ART) by 2017. But we should also note that 1.8 million people were newly infected with HIV in 2017" said Dr Ishwar Gilada, who was Chairing a session at 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Ending AIDS, the Dutch way

We are all very familiar with the phrase ‘going Dutch’ (meaning each person of a group pays one's own expenses in an outing), but are we also aware of dealing with HIV/AIDS the Dutch way? Perhaps very few of us know that "Amsterdam, which is currently hosting the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) from 23-27th July 2018 - the largest conference for any global health issue in the world - became the first city in the world to overshoot the 90:90:90 target, set by UNAIDS (joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS), with a continuum progress of 94:90:94,” said Alphonsus Stoelinga, Netherlands Ambassador to India, in an exclusive interview given to CNS (Citizen News Service) on the eve of AIDS 2018.

Alphonsus Stoelinga, Netherlands Ambassador to India
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