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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2590

Life & Health

35 countries announced a new commitment in tobacco control measures

This week 35 countries in the Americas announced a new commitment to accelerating progress in implementing proven tobacco control measures that will save lives and improve public health throughout the region.

WHO - Head Dr. Tedros Adhanom
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Sri Lanka government spends SLR 72 billion yearly for those suffering from diseases caused by tobacco smoking

Dr. Samantha Kumara Kithalawaarachchi, the Director to His Excellency, the President of Sri Lanka, Presidential Secretariat, spoke about the current situation in regard to tobacco taxation in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka government spends  SLR 72 billion yearly for those suffering from  diseases caused  by tobacco smoking
Sri Lanka government spends  SLR 72 billion yearly for those suffering from  diseases caused  by tobacco smoking
Dr Samantha K Kithalavarachchi
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If Philip Morris Is Serious About a “Smoke-Free World,” It Should Stop Marketing Cigarettes, Fighting Efforts to Reduce Smoking

Philip Morris International – the world’s largest non-governmental cigarette manufacturer – has announced that it is establishing a Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, with funding of $80 million per year over the next 12 years.

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UN Global Compact Shows Leadership by Dropping Tobacco Industry Members

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) announced this week that it would bar tobacco companies and any other organization that derives revenue from the production or manufacturing of tobacco products from participating in the initiative.

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Anger begets hope and drives constructive action for a better tomorrow

More than 300 feminist activists, women human rights defenders and global allies are gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand under the banner of '(re)Sisters, (per)Sisters and Sisters', for the 3rd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF 2017). This 3 days Forum (7-9 September 2017) has been organised around the framework of 'Anger, Hope and Action'.

Anger begets hope and drives constructive action for a better tomorrow
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Is global development agenda rooted in local realities?

Global processes for development should be rooted in and informed by the grassroots movements. But is there a gap or disconnection? Can we do better to ensure that development discourses at all levels are plugged in affected communities on the frontlines?

Reasey Seng  of Cambodia
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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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