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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 77

Life & Health

Progress in tuberculosis vaccine research

Collaboration and funding are some of the major requirements for delivering new, more effective and safer vaccines against tuberculosis (TB). This was a much-heard statement during the annual research meeting of the TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative (TBVI). 'Challenging' would be an understatement when it comes to describing the WHO's latest plan for eliminating tuberculosis.

Wake up call for community engagement in TB programmes

In Andhra Pradesh state of India, a doctor gulped down sleeping pills when pulled up by authorities for not doing field visits to follow up tuberculosis (TB) patients (source: The Times of India). "There was no other medical officer" in the clinic so she couldn't go to field visits and rather attended to her duties within the clinic – argued the doctor.

Sri Lanka: UN supports flood-stricken people

The United Nations have appealed for US$ 51 million in emergency funding at the end of this month in accordance with needs of both flood events.

Best way of treating Stroke patients is the Stroke Unit Care

Dr (Ms) Padma Gunaratne, Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital was elected the 44th President, Ceylon College of Physicians at a colourful Induction Ceremony held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel.

Local response to fury of Bahraich floods

Just a short stroll through Rewali, Adampur, the mud embankment in Kaiserganj, Bahraich, a small district in the flood prone area of Uttar Pradesh, gives you an idea of the gravity of the predicament people here face year after year.

Sixty per cent of people living with HIV in India die due to TB

Sixty per cent of people living with HIV in India are losing their life because of a preventable and curable cause: tuberculosis (TB). India's largest network of people living with HIV (Indian Network of people living with HIV - INP+) held a meeting recently with Cepheid, and Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), the co-developers of a new rapid 100 minute TB diagnostic test (GeneXpert), to push for quick roll-out and better costing. Representatives from India's national TB programme (officially called "Revised National TB Control Programme - RNTCP") also attended the meet.

Let's count our blessings: Successes of India's tuberculosis (TB) Programme

For a country like India that has the largest number of people infected with tuberculosis (TB) in the world, there are significant life-saving advances made in TB care and control over the past years, despite challenges. A lot more remains to be achieved but the gains made over the past decade, are commendable.

Cost of treatment at private hospitals reasonable

Dr Manjula Karunaratne, Director/COO, Asiri Group of Hospitals said that some high quality and sophisticated equipment are very expensive that recovering the investment would not be that easy. He said that their electricity bill alone comes to between Rs 6 to 10 million and this cost is divided by the number of rooms it alone would be around Rs 1,000 per room.

Food insecurity robs good outcome of quality HIV care

If people living with HIV (PLHIV) are food insecure, then we alarmingly lose the desired good outcomes of quality HIV treatment and care. This was powerfully articulated and backed by evidence in the session of Dr Christine Wanke, Director, Division of Nutrition and Infection, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, USA. She was speaking at the recently concluded Chennai ART Symposium (CART 2011).

When the going gets tough: Resistance to ART

The antiretroviral therapy (ART) has undisputed benefits for people living with HIV. When people living with HIV (PLHIV) become resistant to drugs used in ART, treatment options that they can fall back upon to stay alive and healthy, reduce. This was a major point of academic discussion at the recently concluded Chennai ART Symposium (CART 2011).

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