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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2342

Life & Health

Anoda declares war on cancer!

The other day a gulf national who is a very close associate of mine showed a picture of a fruit in his mobile phone and asked me whether I am familiar with that fruit?

Anoda -  Botanical name:-Annona muricata. Family name:-ANNONACEAE English name:- custard apple.
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India's 2016-2017 budget reflects a mirage for universal health

India's draft National Health Policy 2015 was riddled with privatisation bid and it is no surprise that 2016-2017 budget too takes that agenda forward. Also earlier this month Indian government indicated its intent to exit from hospital 'sector' (along with Air India). The vision of universal healthcare coverage - which leaves no one behind - can only be achieved from robust and well-funded public health system which is not running on cost-to-cost or for-profit motives. This is why privatisation of public health system is not only weakening it but also jeopardizing access to healthcare for most in need.

India's 2016-2017 budget reflects a mirage for universal health
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Sri Lanka has become a Party to the Protocol to eliminate the Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products

It is most welcoming and glad to hear that Sri Lanka has ratified the World Health Organization – FCTC Protocol to eliminate the Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products which is effective from February 2016. Already 15 Parties have ratified this important protocol.

Sri Lanka has become a Party to the Protocol to eliminate the Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products
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Significant evidence that the flavored tobacco products sales ban successful in New York City

A study conducted by Dr. Shannon M. Farley, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, reveals that flavoured tobacco product sales and odds of ever using flavoured tobacco products or using any tobacco products among teens have declined significantly after ban enforcement began.

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A large number of children were exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes

A large number of children were exposed to SHS in the home. Encouraging of voluntary smoke-free rules in homes and cessation in adults has the potential to reduce SHS exposure among children and prevent SHS-related diseases and deaths, reveals the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) a research conducted among one billion children in 21 countries (Tobacco Control – BMJ publication).

A large number of children were exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes
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The importance of the implementation of tobacco control policies in a middle-income country: The case of Costa Rica

Professor Stanton A Glantz of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, USA, conducted a study to analyze the process of implementing and enforcing smoke-free environments, tobacco advertising, tobacco taxes and health warning labels from Costa Rica's 2012 tobacco control law.

Professor Stanton A Glantz
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New Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 came into force on 15th January, 2016

A very important and unprecedented development has taken place in India.

Menaka Gandhi
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Potential measures to enhance tobacco control policies in Singapore

Public consultation on potential measures to enhance Singapore’s tobacco control policies will be holding by the Health Promotion Board together with the Ministry of Health and the Health Sciences Authority to seek view of the public in this regard and more effectively discourage Singaporeans from picking up smoking and encourage smokers to kick the habit.

File photo of a consumer looking at tobacco products.
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Despite promise to end Encephalitis and other NTDs by 2030, why is action missing?

Indian government along with other governments of UN member countries had adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the 70th UN General Assembly in New York in September 2015. One of the SDG targets (3.3) promises that "By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases." Encephalitis, one of the NTDs, continues to severely impact under-15 year old people with very little well-coordinated response to contain, and eventually eliminate it. Why?

Despite promise to end Encephalitis and other NTDs by 2030, why is action missing?
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Half the battle won: Need to accelerate roll-out of child-friendly anti-TB drugs

Monique Davids, mother of 4 children, lives in Cape Town, the venue of the ongoing 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health (conference theme is 'A new agenda: Lung health beyond 2015'). She is a living example of what it is to be the caregiver for children suffering with TB.

Monique Davids (R) with her son Jaden (in her lap)
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