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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

Life & Health

Weakest link in war against TB: Community participation

Around one third of the world population is estimated to be infected with the TB bacterium and is at risk of developing the disease. There were 8.8 million new cases of TB in 2010 and the disease killed a staggering 1.4 million people.

Feed Your Child Well: Prevent Pneumonia

Pneumonia is the leading global killer of children under five, responsible for almost 1.6 million deaths per year, which is about one-fifth of all paediatric deaths around the world.

Feed Your Child Well: Prevent Pneumonia

Pneumonia is the leading global killer of children under five, responsible for almost 1.6 million deaths per year, which is about one-fifth of all paediatric deaths around the world.

Effective vaccines are much needed shots in the arm of TB control

Around 2 billion people or one third of the world population are estimated to be infected with the TB bacterium and are at risk of developing the disease. One in every 10-20 of those people will become sick with active TB in his or her lifetime. If not treated, each of these persons with active TB can infect 10 to 15 people in a year.

National stop TB partnerships improve local responses

National partnerships to stop tuberculosis (TB) bring varied partners together to develop and implement shared action plans to tackle TB.

Effective communication is key to social change

She packs a powerful punch, given her pint size stature, yet the lady from Dora, a quaint hamlet of district Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh, is a tall woman thanks to her achievements and she makes no bones about it. Having stood for the Gram Sabha elections and winning with a over 300 votes which was a total landslide victory for her, Savitri stands as a testimony to what a strong will power coupled with an effective communication skill can do, no matter what the physical constraints or societal traditions maybe.

Adopt sanitation, hygiene and clean water for healthy living

After India's most celebrated Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan becoming the brand ambassador for Geneva-based Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), now Indian cricket players are to promote sanitation and hygiene in the country. Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan have already shot a clip, in which they are asking people: "Adopt the WASH hatrick - sanitation, hygiene, clean water - for healthy living".

TB diagnostic innovations: Can India take the lead?

No country has more cases of tuberculosis (TB) than India. Research from India played a critical role in the development of the global strategy to stop TB. Yet, Indian industry and academics have not developed any new tools (diagnostics, drugs or vaccines) for TB.

Call to protect rights of domestic workers

It is a social outcry, one that has borne testimony of its existence when well known Bollywood film-star Shiney Ahuja was accused of raping his domestic help. But his is not an isolated incident say union of domestic workers campaigning for their rights in the Uttar Pradesh (UP) state.They thus organized themselves together to raise their voice against sexual harassment at their workplace and have ensured their voice is heard - loud and clear!

Optimism in AIDS vaccine research

While the world knows several ways of preventing transmission of HIV, a safe and effective vaccine is still lacking on the list. For years researchers around the world have been working on the development of such a vaccine in a challenging, step by step process.

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