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

Life & Health

Air pollution is an invisible killer: Denial will cost lives! World Health Day 2018 special

According to the WHO, 92% of the global population lives in places where ambient air pollution is so high that it makes air unsafe to breathe. As much as 36% of lung cancer deaths, 34% of stroke deaths, and 27% of heart disease deaths in a year are attributed to air pollution. More alarmingly, climate change and air pollution are closely interrelated, further escalating the economic costs and health hazards for humankind. Yet it does not seem to be invoking governments to act with the compelling urgency.

Photograph of an online  WHO Air Quality Map
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Partnerships should be based on solidarity and trust, and not on greed

Partnerships that are critically important to progress towards a better world where a just social order is a reality for everyone, must be based on solidarity and trust, and not on greed. So believes Wardarina Thaib, who works at Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and is co-chair of Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM), which is a platform for civil society organisations (CSOs) in Asia Pacific region to engage with different processes at the United Nations (UN).

 Wardarina -  online  photograph
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Finding Nature based Solutions to Treat Drinking Water to support Farmers in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone

Globally, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. Furthermore, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the environment without being treated or reused.

Finding Nature based Solutions to Treat Drinking Water to support Farmers in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone
Finding Nature based Solutions to Treat Drinking Water to support Farmers in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone
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Migrants trapped in quagmire: Neglected by their own country, mistreated by the host country

This pretty well sums up the pathetic situation in which many migrants find themselves today. And while immigration refers to people who legally relocate to another country, the word migration can also be used in the context of birds and animals.

Migrants trapped in quagmire: Neglected by their own country, mistreated by the host country
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She stood up to defeat TB

The youngest of 3 sisters, Ingrid Schoeman grew up in Pretoria and later started working as a dietician in a government hospital in Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. She especially enjoys working in children’s wards in hospitals as part of her dietician’s job. But the year 2012 nearly shattered her happy and peaceful existence.

 Ingrid Schoeman
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Zoonotic TB survivor resolves to make her community TB-free

Dressed in a colorful attire, Timpiyian Leseni from the Maasai tribe of Africa, turned many heads at the first-ever "WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response" which was held in Moscow in November 2017.

Photograph of Timpiyian Leseni and Shobha Shukla
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Historic’ plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration on (FDA) last week took the first concrete action to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to make them much less addictive, opening a regulatory process described as a “historic first step” by the agency's top official.

Historic’ plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes
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WCTOH to ILO: cut ties with the tobacco industry

At the concluding ceremony of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), one of the declaration called upon the International Labour Organization (ILO) to "align itself with the decision of the UN Economic and Social Council and end its collaboration with the tobacco industry immediately."

WCTOH to ILO: cut ties with the tobacco industry
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Tobacco Industry: Charge As Criminals

Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death in the US and around the world. Tobacco control measures like civil litigation, legislation, and even the tobacco treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, have made progress, but people are still dying.

Tobacco Industry:  Charge As Criminals
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STOP - by Bloomberg Initiative

Michael R. Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies today have taken a critical step to accelerate global progress in reducing tobacco use by announcing the launch of Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP), a new global watchdog that will aggressively monitor deceptive tobacco industry tactics and practices to undermine public health, states Matthew L. Meyers, President, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

Michael R. Bloomberg
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