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

Life & Health

Point-of-care HIV testing: Important 'cog in the wheel' towards ending AIDS by 2030

HIV-related point-of-care testing can potentially play a major role in accelerating the pace of progress towards achieving the '90-90-90' targets of the UNAIDS (joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS). Increasing access to quality and accurate diagnostics which function in low-resource settings is undoubtedly a critically important step in HIV care.

Point-of-care HIV testing: Important 'cog in the wheel' towards ending AIDS by 2030
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Saving the next generation from HIV

The joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is mobilizing governments and other partners to achieve new set of targets, referred to as, '90-90-90 by 2020', but with current set of tools, approaches, funding commitments, and challenge that HIV poses to the world, the goal seems certainly a bold and ambitious one. '90-90-90 by 2020' targets include increasing to 90% the proportion of people living with HIV who know their diagnosis, increasing to 90% the proportion of people living with HIV (PLHIV) receiving antiviral treatment (ART) and increasing to 90% the proportion of people on HIV treatment who have an undetectable viral load.

Saving the next generation from HIV
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ASICON 2016 calls for making HIV a chronic, manageable condition in reality

The AIDS Society of India (ASI) and all delegates of 9th National Conference of ASI (ASICON 2016) commended the government of India for finally approving the HIV/AIDS Bill – which will help in reducing discrimination faced by people living with HIV (PLHIV). ASICON 2016 is being organized in Mumbai, India during 7-9 October 2016 with the theme of "Eliminating HIV: Progress and reality".

Dr Ishwar Gilada, President of ASI
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Fuel your heart and power your life...

This is the message of the World Heart Federation for this year’s World Heart Day, which is observed on September 29 every year to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), which include heart disease and stroke. The CVDs, along with cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, form the 4 major non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and together account for 82% of the 38 million deaths caused by NCDs every year.

Professor (Dr) Rishi Sethi
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Reality check: How are countries taking care of their ageing populations?

As fertility rates decline and life expectancy increases, the proportion of people aged 60 and above is growing globally. Global average life expectancy has increased from 48 years in 1950 to 68 years in 2010 and is expected to become 81 years by the end of the century.

Reality check: How are countries taking care of their ageing populations?
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For age is opportunity no less than youth itself...

The erosion of traditional livelihoods and family support, along with weak health systems, is simply increasing their vulnerability. Old age means different things to different people. The quality of the sunset years is influenced by factors like economic security, social support, literacy, gender and one's own mindset and thinking. While, as the modern saying goes, life might be beginning at 60-65 for some, for many it starts fading painfully at this juncture.

Photograph of 88 years old Mrs Mua
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Simulated patient study sheds new light on antibiotic use in India

Overuse and/or misuse of antibiotics has led to antimicrobial resistant superbugs pose a global health emergency. This threat is particularly great in India, that has the highest burden of TB in the world and is also the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics. In a first of its kind study, led by Dr Srinath Satyanarayana of McGill University, and published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, researchers used standardized patients (also called ‘simulated or mystery patients’) to understand how pharmacies in 3 Indian cities treated patients presenting with TB symptoms or diagnoses and to determine whether these pharmacies were contributing to the inappropriate use of antibiotics.

Simulated patient study sheds new light on antibiotic use in India
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Michael R. Bloomberg - WHO’s Global Ambassador for Non-communicable Disease

The World Health Organization has appointed Michael R. Bloomberg as the WHO Global Ambassador for Non-communicable Disease (NCDs).

Michael R. Bloomberg  -  WHO’s Global Ambassador for Non-communicable Disease
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Frontline voices: To be a transgender living with HIV in India

Armed with a management degree in marketing, Amruta Soni is currently working in Patna as the state programme manager at National Coalition of PLHIV in India (NCPI) for the Vihaan project in Bihar. Today she confidently handles 15 partner NGOs, providing them with technical support on how to implement the programme and link people living with HIV (PLHIV) with Vihaan care and support centres.

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Oral cancer attributable to betel chewing with tobacco leaves and areca nuts - Dr. Prasanna Jayasekera

In Sri Lanka of the cancers prevalent among males, a quarter is oral cancer which is attributable to betel chewing with tobacco leaves and areca nuts, says Dr. Prasanna Jayasekera, Consultant in Community Dentistry of the National Cancer Control Program.

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