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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2310

Life & Health

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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The tobacco industry cigarettes continue to account for two-thirds of the illicit cigarette market

Growing and diverse sources of evidence indicate that the tobacco industry remains involved in tobacco smuggling and that tobacco industry cigarettes account for around two-thirds of the illicit cigarette market.

The tobacco industry cigarettes continue to account for two-thirds of the illicit cigarette market
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Defending the environmental defenders

Violations of the environmental rights of communities and individuals are on the rise in Asia Pacific and worldwide. Statistics released by Global Witness reveals that in 2017, 197 people were killed (on an average 4 per week) for defending their land and/or natural resources, underscoring the escalating violence in a global economy that is driven by expansion and consumption through corrupt and unjust practices. Extractive industries were one of the deadliest drivers of violence.

Defending the environmental defenders
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Tobacco companies have used package quantity for consumer targeting

A research paper published in Tobacco Control - of BMJ Journals reveals how tobacco companies have used package quantity for consumer targeting. Package quantity refers to the number of cigarettes or amount of other tobacco product in a package.

Tobacco companies have used package quantity for consumer targeting
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Tobacco breaks hearts

Tobacco use is the only risk factor shared by all four main categories of non-communicable diseases – heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease and diabetes – which have overtaken infectious diseases as the world’s leading killers.

Dr Sandy Gupta
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Protect your heart from tobacco smoking was the theme for WNTD

Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked. A heart attack happens when there is a sudden loss of blood flow to a part of your heart muscle. Most heart attacks are caused by coronary heart disease.

Protect your heart from tobacco smoking was the theme for WNTD
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Strong government commitment helps achieving a significant decline in tobacco smoking in Uruguay

A study conducted in Uruguay by the Ministry of Health and the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) reveals that Uruguay has significantly reduced smoking over the past nine years, viz. smoking rates have dropped by more than 13 percent among adults - from 25 percent in 2009 to 21.6 percent in 2017.

Strong government commitment helps achieving a significant decline in tobacco smoking in Uruguay
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