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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2040

Life & Health

Private public partnership and sustainable development: In harmony or in conflict with each other?

Are public private partnerships helpful or harmful to increase progress on sustainable development? CNS spoke with Gerifel Cerillo, the coordinator of 'Tanggol Bayi' - an association of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in the Philippines on this issue. Gerifel will also be a key participant at the forthcoming 3rd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF 2017), to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand (7-9 September 2017).

Private public partnership and sustainable development: In harmony or in conflict with each other?
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Exploitation of war zones to sell cigarettes

“ The British American Tobacco’s decades-long history of calculated deception in the United States and abroad and its re-entry into the U.S. market, the mounting allegations of corruption and mass concealment of funds by BAT must be fully investigated by U.S. regulators for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and any other applicable criminal or civil laws,” said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
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Sri Lankan Children With Thalassemia Treated Through Unrelated Donor BMT

Narayana Health City treats four Sri Lankan children suffering from thalassemia major, a life-threatening disorder, through unrelated donor bone marrow transplant.

Sitting left to right - 15 Months old baby girl- Nethumi Shenaya Rajapaksha Bomaluwe, 4 year old baby girl -Suwini Umeda Shreemali Balasooriya, 5 year old boy Purna along with their parents
From left to right - 15 Months old baby girl- Nethumi Shenaya Rajapaksha Bomaluwe along with her mother, Dr. Sunil Bhat, Senior Consultant and Head of Paediatric Haematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant at Narayana Health City, along with 4 year old baby girl -Suwini Umeda Shreemali Balasooriya, 5 year old boy Purna, mother and grandmother of the children and Dr. Shobha Badiger, Consultant  Paediatric Haematology and Oncologist, Narayana Health City
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Chinese Hospital Ship in Colombo

Making a goodwill visit 'Hepingfangzhou', the Hospital Ship of the People's Liberation Army Navy of China arrived to the country today (06th Sunday, August), states navy media. The ship was accorded a traditional naval welcome by the Sri Lanka Navy upon its arrival at the Port of Colombo.

Chinese Hospital Ship in Colombo
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Swiss supermarkets stop selling imported eggs

Supermarket chains Aldi Switzerland, Migros and Coop are withdrawing all imported eggs from sale at their stores as a precaution, as a scare over possible insecticide contamination spreads. Swiss eggs are not affected, officials say.

Around 180 poultry companies in the Netherlands have been temporarily closed, and some firms have culled their flock, after traces of insecticide fipronil were found in eggs in Belgium and the Netherlands last month
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Countries must fulfill their legal obligations to implement life-saving tobacco control policies - WHO

Issuing a statement, Matthew L. Meyers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Washington, DC, states that a growing number of countries are making important progress towards tobacco control, according to the latest WHO report titled Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017.

Matthew L. Meyers -  President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
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Caste inequity fuels gender injustice

It is important to recognize how gender injustices underpin the caste, class and social inequities. "I did start going to school. But as I am a Dalit (untouchable), I was made to sit away from the rest of the children. If I touched some upper caste child, even by mistake, I would be thrashed by the teachers - who were all Brahmins (upper caste). Even as a child I could feel the upper caste-Dalit divide. So, I stopped going to school. I am illiterate today because of the stigma against Dalits that still exists in our society, especially in rural areas. Later in life too, when I sought to work to make ends meet, my caste came in my way. Being a Dalit, nobody was ready to employ me as a domestic help. I was fit only for the job of a sweeper", shared Geeta (35 years).

Caste inequity fuels gender injustice
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Domestic violence survivor faced challenges headlong and reclaimed her power back

“Earlier my husband would taunt me for not conceiving and said that I was barren. Then he became angry when I gave birth to a daughter. He warned me that if I ever produced a girl again, he would kill me. My in-laws would instigate him and he would thrash me. Father and son both used very abusive language and had no respect for women. The whole family is evil. When the roots are weak, how can the tree be healthy?” said Devanta.

Domestic violence survivor faced challenges headlong and reclaimed her power back
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Communicate with each other to beat the non-communicable diseases

According to the Global Status Report on NCDs, India shares more than two-thirds of the total death burden due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the southeast Asia region of the World Health Organization. Around 5.87 million (58.7 lakh) deaths, which is 60% of all deaths in India, are attributed to NCDs.

Communicate with each other to beat the non-communicable diseases
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Justice delayed is justice denied, says domestic violence survivor

Belia (45 years), comes from a poor Dalit (marginalised community) family of Uchiyapur village in Chitrakoot, India.

Photograph of Belia
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