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Bobby Ramakant

Bobby Ramakant is a CNS Policy Adviser who writes extensively on health and development in countries throughout the world.

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India Launches First-Ever National Anti-TB Drug Resistance Survey
India took a historic step for control and management of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) when the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister of Government of India
13:06 Sep 8, 2014 PST
Debate and Discussions Still Underway for Post-2015 Development Agenda
The deadline for the realization of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by countries of the world is drawing to a close in 2015. The progress on MDGs might have been with mixed results, but lot of lessons need to be learnt while we frame n
13:54 Aug 26, 2014 PST
Post-2015 Strategic Plans Vital to Reinforce Progress Globally
In the year 2000, countries of the world had agreed to meet the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Numerous consultative processes have been taking place around the world on what should be the development goals post-2015.
08:05 Aug 26, 2014 PST
Past, Present and Future Attempts to Measure Childhood TB
The first estimates of the global burden of TB in children given by the WHO in 2012, suggested that there might be 530,000 children suffering from it. Subsequently there has been an uptake in the research in this field.
06:51 Aug 19, 2014 PST
Asian Nations Share Collaborative Activities to Deal with HIV and TB Epidemics
We know that nearly one third of the 35 million people living with HIV (PLHIV) have tuberculosis (TB), and 13% of 8.6 million new TB cases every year are HIV positive. Also 1 in 5 HIV associated deaths are due to TB.
09:31 Aug 8, 2014 PST
90:90:90 by 2020 Aims to End the Plague of HIV Globally
Without innovation, at the current pace of HIV responses, we are likely to fail meeting the targets. We need to accelerate the search for better technologies
06:27 Aug 5, 2014 PST
HIV Patient Shares Her Story of Hope and Determination to Survive
The empowering story of Esther from Indonesia, who has been a prisoner, injecting drug user, sex worker, and a person living with HIV, as told to Citizen News Service
06:12 Aug 3, 2014 PST
Multipurpose Prevention Technologies Save Women From HIV and STIs
Women of reproductive age need prevention of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and family planning methods that are under their control.
16:34 Aug 2, 2014 PST
Alarm Rings on Low Uptake of Existing Prevention Options for Anal STIs and HIV
Bobby Ramakant says the rate of HIV infection among key populations, including men who have sex with other men and transgender people, are alarmingly high.
16:41 Jul 30, 2014 PST
'When Bacteria and Virus Can Work So Well Together, Why Can't We?'
Setting the pace for the press conference, Dr IS Gilada, President, AIDS Society of India, emphasized that collaborative activities between national TB and HIV programmes can help maximise strengthen public health outcomes.
08:24 Jul 29, 2014 PST
Stigma Blocks Access to Care for Young Gays and Transgenders
Stigma related to HIV not only blocks access to existing services for key affected populations but also increases risk of HIV acquisition manifold.
07:52 Jul 29, 2014 PST
Call to Step Up the Pace Of TB-HIV Collaborative Activities
Shobha Shukla reports that Mark Dybul, speaking at AIDS 2014, said a focus on individual human beings will work better than a disease centric approach
04:14 Jul 27, 2014 PST
Every TB-HIV Case Is a Public Health Failure
So said Helen Ayles. She was quoted by Dr Diane Havlir who was speaking in the plenary of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia. Dr Diane Havlir who is a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco,
15:35 Jul 26, 2014 PST
Are We Hyping Infection Control Inside Clinics?
TB is an infectious bacterial disease that spreads through the air. When people with pulmonary TB cough, sneeze or spit, they propel the TB germs into the air and a person needs to inhale only a few of these germs to become infected.
09:52 Jul 25, 2014 PST
Break The Silos: Drug Use, HIV, HCV, TB, Laws and Funding
Viet Nam has made remarkable progress over the last decade in not only making harm reduction and HIV services available and accessible for people who use drugs but also reforming laws for supportive health p
06:20 Jul 25, 2014 PST
Australia Reinforces its Commitment in Fight AIDS
Australia has taken a lead in supporting public health in India over the years. With XX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) being held in Melbourne.
11:46 Jul 24, 2014 PST
New Drug Regimen: a Miracle Treatment for TB is a Near Possibility
Two years after launching a Combination Drug Study for TB treatment in 2010, the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development raised hopes of a novel drug regimen
19:27 Jul 23, 2014 PST
'Homophobia is a Choice, Not Homosexuality': Inter-Faith Message
homophobia is a choice, not homosexuality; and religious scriptures teach us to be compassionate, non-judgmental and accept everyone else in totality without prejudice.
13:58 Jul 23, 2014 PST
Do Not Be a Statistic, But Own The Information That Shapes Programmes
We cannot wait until the research and development of a product gets over and then begin figuring out how to roll it out to communities in need.
05:54 Jul 23, 2014 PST
What Has TB Got To Do With An Aids Conference?
Tuberculosis (TB) remains the most common AIDS-defining illness and the leading cause of death in people living with HIV - 1 in 5 HIV-associated deaths in 2012...
04:53 Jul 23, 2014 PST
Indian Doctor Trupti Gilada to get Fellowship Award at AIDS 2014
A Mumbai-based Indian doctor, Dr Trupti Gilada Baheti, is a recipient of the prestigious Fellowship Award on HIV and Drug Abuse Research from the International AIDS Society (IAS),
11:44 Jul 21, 2014 PST
Management of respiratory diseases beyond drugs: Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Pulmonary rehabilitation is an evidence based multidisciplinary and comprehensive intervention for patients with chronic respiratory diseases who are symptomatic. individualized tr
15:38 Jul 7, 2014 PST
Smoking Harmful for People With TB and Diabetes
Tobacco use is anyways harmful for all, but it is especially hazardous for people living with diabetes and those suffering from or at risk of tuberculosis (TB).
07:53 Jul 7, 2014 PST
Asthma Versus Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Both asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are chronic diseases involving airflow obstruction and are consequences of gene environment interaction.
12:35 Jul 3, 2014 PST
Oxygen Therapy An Effective Option to Treat Respiratory Failure
An optimum amount of oxygen is essential for the functioning and survival of all body tissues and even a few minutes deprivation can prove fatal.
10:41 Jul 1, 2014 PST
Hepatitis C Increases Mortality Rate Among People With HIV
The WHO recognizes that the 'silent epidemic' of viral hepatitis affects a large part of the world's population causing over 1.4 million deaths every year, yet remains largely unknown or ignored.
08:31 Jun 28, 2014 PST
Unhealthy Diets Causing The Obesity Epidemic
65% of the world's population lives in countries where obesity leads to more deaths than underweight. In 2012, over 40 million children under the age of five were considered overweight
17:31 Jun 21, 2014 PST
New Gel for Gay Men and Transgenders Reduces Person's Risk of HIV
The first-ever phase-II extended-safety study (formally called MTN017) of a rectal microbicide in the Asia-Pacific region has begun in Chiang Mai, Thailand since February 2014.
11:05 Jun 13, 2014 PST
Gender Justice Remains An Elusive Dream in The Asia Pacific Region
Despite women's rights to economic, social and cultural equality, poverty and discrimination still remains the reality for a large majority of them in the Asia Pacific region.
09:45 Jun 6, 2014 PST
Feminist Movements on a Mission to Make a Difference
Grassroots women of the Asia Pacific region have borne the brunt of the unrelenting global desire for increased consumption and accumulation of wealth by a tiny minority.
13:28 Jun 5, 2014 PST
Gender Justice Vital for Country's Development
The Asia and the Pacific region contains some of the world's most powerful economies and the 21st Century is often touted to belong to this region. Yet the region is home to 66% of the world's poorest poor.
11:58 Jun 5, 2014 PST
Feminists Speak on Bolstering Developments
The 2nd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum, organized by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development kickstarted in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with 300 feminists from 30 countries
12:45 Jun 3, 2014 PST
Raise Cigarette Tax and Save Lives
A potentially path-breaking report shows that the introduction of a uniform specific tax accounting for 70% of Pakistan's average cigarette price could lead to half a million smokers quitting,
12:15 Jun 2, 2014 PST
Is Raising Taxes on Tobacco An Effective Way to Reduce Tobacco Consumption?
For World No Tobacco Day 2014, World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners call on countries to raise taxes on tobacco. Increasing taxes on tobacco is considered to be the most cost-effective tobacco control measure. An increase of 10% in tob
13:50 May 29, 2014 PST
Tobacco Consumption Increases The Risk of TB and Diabetes
The nexus between tobacco use, diabetes and tuberculosis (TB) cannot be ignored.
08:35 May 27, 2014 PST
Seeking Honest Politics Distinguishes AAP From BJP and Congress
Dr Rahul Pandey writes about political corruption in India, discussing the Aam Aadmi Party, whose supporters are united by a common desire to seek honest politics.
09:19 May 13, 2014 PST
Likely impacts of BJP and AAP on the Indian society
Dr Rahul Pandey writes on effects of BJP & Modi's rise: '...The first is corruption and the other two are intrusions of business corporations and communal forces into India's natural resources and socio-cultural fabric respectively...'
12:01 May 12, 2014 PST
HPV Vaccination Vital to Prevent Cervical Cancers
Cervical cancer, a preventable cancer, continues to be the second most common cancer among women globally. Scientists and researchers from around the world brainstormed in sessions on cervical cancer management and control
17:17 May 11, 2014 PST
Asthma Can Be Treated and Managed Effectively
This is the sub theme of this year's (2014) World Asthma Day (WAD), which was first celebrated in 1998 in conjunction with the first World Asthma Meeting in Barcelona.
15:19 May 11, 2014 PST
Translational Research For The Benefit Of Public Health
'Translational research involves converting a basic research idea into a product; then developing that product for industrial production and finding out if it is safe and efficacious; and finally using it to improve public health.
16:26 May 5, 2014 PST
Communal Lines Creating Clamor in India
While Modi has been able to ward off the communal image, his colleagues from the Sangha Parivar ensure that people are reminded of the basic character of Modi's associations.
15:39 May 4, 2014 PST
Coordinated Response for Control of STIs Lacking
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, are known to be primarily transmitted through sexual route which has created a major impact on sexual and reproductive health worldwide. They are caused by viruses, bacteria or parasitic microor
03:57 May 2, 2014 PST
Call for no more new HIV infected children
According to UNAIDS Report 2013, an estimated 260,000 children below 18 years were newly infected with HIV in 2012 in low and middle income countries. While the first paediatric HIV case in India was recorded in 1987, in 2012 out of the 2,100,000 pe
19:31 Apr 30, 2014 PST
MPTs Are Innovative Strategies To Transform Women's Health
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, are known to be primarily transmitted through sexual route which has created a major impact on sexual and reproductive health worldwide.
19:40 Apr 28, 2014 PST
Countries Should Know Their Endemic Malaria to Plan The Fight Well
World Malaria Day is 25 April 2014. The World Health Organization launched a manual to help countries assess the technical, operational and financial feasibility of eliminating malaria
06:20 Apr 27, 2014 PST
Implications of Foreign Funds Received By Congress and BJP
Sandeep Pandey learns from a Delhi High Court judgement, that Congress and BJP have been illegally receiving donations from foreign companies.
07:57 Apr 26, 2014 PST
Water Rights Group Call for End of Water Privatization
call for the World Bank to end its destructive promotion of water privatization under the guise of development. After a week of meetings, including high level events on water, no action has been taken to address the coalition's concerns.
12:09 Apr 19, 2014 PST
Global Development Assistance for Health on The Rise
A new research done by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), at the University of Washington, indicates that globally the total development assistance for health (DAH) hit an all-time high of $31.3 billion in 2013
13:41 Apr 12, 2014 PST
HIV Victim Shares Story of Hope and New Beginning
Article by Manoj who is living with HIV since over 20 years now...
06:48 Apr 12, 2014 PST
Civil Society Participation Vital for Success of Disease Control Efforts
The Knowledge-Attitude-Practice (KAP) survey results underline the payoffs of civil society participation in public health programming'
05:13 Apr 1, 2014 PST
Affordable TB Diagnosis in Private Sector Becoming a Reality
Dr Pai stressed: 'Good diagnosis alone is not enough. TB treatment and completion is as important as diagnosis. TB control needs a complete solution. Diagnosis, treatment, adherence, notification, completion, cure...'
11:18 Mar 28, 2014 PST
TB Treatment Should Be The Same in Private and Public Sector
Data suggests up to 40-50 per cent of tuberculosis (TB) patients are likely to be accessing healthcare services in private sector.
09:24 Mar 28, 2014 PST
Respiratory Societies Working Together Reduce Number of 'Missed' TB Cases
A major focus of this World TB Day is the 3 million TB cases that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates are 'missed' each year - that is, cases that go undetected, undiagnosed and untreated.
09:45 Mar 27, 2014 PST
Smoking Increases Risk of Recurrent TB
Research published on 24 March 2014 provides critical new insight on the harmful links between smoking tobacco and developing tuberculosis (TB).
18:08 Mar 26, 2014 PST
Patient-Centric Solution Vital to Eradicate TB Cases
Solution-centric approaches have shown promise in several other BoP contexts, from affordable eye care to artificial limbs.
10:29 Mar 24, 2014 PST
New Approach for Patients With Diabetic Foot Problems
The Global Diabetic Foot Conference (DFcon 2014) concluded earlier this week in Los Angeles US. Citizen News Service (CNS) had an opportunity to interact with one of the key faculties and experts on Indian approach to saving the limb for people
09:06 Mar 24, 2014 PST
Journalists Win Outstanding Awards for Best Reporting on TB
In the run-up to World TB Day on 24 March, the REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership Media Awards 2014 were presented in New Delhi, to recognize outstanding and responsible reporting on tuberculosis (TB).
06:44 Mar 24, 2014 PST
India Makes Progress on Regulating Sale of Anti-TB Drugs
The government of India's notification which came into effect on 1st March 2014 aims to arrest irrational sale and use of anti-tuberculosis drugs (and other 45 third and fourth generation antibiotics).
08:27 Mar 23, 2014 PST
Gender Violence Impedes Progress in Curbing HIV Transmissions
Is there a cure for HIV? The success stories of Timothy Brown and the two Boston patients, who rid themselves of the HIV cells through bone marrow transplants, led to hopes that a cure had finally been found.
13:24 Mar 21, 2014 PST
Indian Women Still Facing Inequalities in The 21st Century
I apologize for missing out on the celebrations of Women's Day this year as I was too engrossed with changing nappies of my 10 month old adorable granddaughter in London, despite her part time nanny - who is a graduate,
13:17 Mar 11, 2014 PST
Are Asian Countries Making Progress in Curbing Violence Against Women?
Two thirds of countries globally now have laws against domestic violence with several significant transformations in legal frameworks in Asia and the Pacific. This significant shift over the last decade has not only led 15 countries in East Asia
16:44 Mar 9, 2014 PST
Diabetic-Foot Related Lower Limb Amputations are Preventable
Nearly 25% of people with diabetes face diabetic foot related complications in their lifetime. 'People with diabetes can develop many different foot problems. Even ordinary problems can get worse and lead to serious complications. Foot problems mos
14:58 Feb 27, 2014 PST
AAP Offers The Best Hope for Governance and Policy
In a short period of time the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has shaken up India's political landscape by offering an honest alternative to the mainstream national parties, specifically the Congress and the BJP.
09:56 Feb 20, 2014 PST
The Downsides of E-Cigarettes Now Revealed
'Tobacco is one of the leading killers in the world'; 'smoking is harmful for our health'; 'smoking can cause lung cancer, heart disease'... We have heard it all before.
04:53 Feb 10, 2014 PST
Prevention Crucial to Halt Surge of Cancer Cases Around The World
Despite alarming cancer rates globally, with worst impact in low- and middle-income countries, one is forced to ponder if we really believe in 'cancer prevention is better than cure'. Cancer treatment is challenging and expensive, with very worryi
07:25 Feb 4, 2014 PST
Poor Countries Must Break The Silence About Cancer
World Cancer Day is on 4th February 2014
16:48 Feb 3, 2014 PST
Smoking Goes Electronic
'Smoke healthy, smoke Lite-joy- A better alternative'; 'Health e-cigarettes-Smoke and Quit Whenever'; 'Vapours- benefits of e-cigarettes'; 'Green-Smart-Living - easiest and most affordable way to start living a smoke-free life'...
02:07 Feb 2, 2014 PST
General Health Needs of LGBTI People Largely Ignored in Asia
The recently concluded 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (7th APCRSHR) in Manila saw some interesting discussions on protecting and advancing Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity (SOGI) rights and improving t
13:13 Jan 30, 2014 PST
World's Largest School-Based Deworming Programme to Take Place in Bihar
World's largest school-based deworming programme in Bihar - Those children who were left out can receive their dose on 28th January -
18:41 Jan 26, 2014 PST
Teenage Pregnancy Can Be Avoided Through Access to SRH Services
many countries in Asia and the Pacific have restrictive laws that prevent young adolescents below the age of 18 from accessing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services.
12:47 Jan 26, 2014 PST
Is 'Single Visit Approach' Effective Strategy to Prevent Cervical Cancer?
Worldwide, a woman dies of cervical cancer every two minutes, taking the annual toll to 275,000. The disease is preventable, and yet the second largest killer of women in low and middle income countries, with most women dying in the prime of life.
14:11 Jan 25, 2014 PST
'Miles to Go' in Achieving Global Access to Reproductive Health Services
Twenty years after the path breaking International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo, millions of women and adolescents, particularly the poor and marginalised, in Asia and the Pacific continue to face inequalities
07:26 Jan 24, 2014 PST
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Issues Do Not Exist in Isolation
The theme of the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights in Manila, examines achievements, good practices, lessons learned, challenges
04:46 Jan 24, 2014 PST
Multipurpose Prevention Technologies Address Women's Reproductive Needs
Millions of women and around the world are still unable to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Over 1 million people contract a sexually transmitted infection every day, half of whom are young people - mostly women.
16:46 Jan 22, 2014 PST
The State Must Address The Rehabilitation of Muzaffarnagar Communal Violence
Rehabilitating communal violence survivors is State's responsibility, was echoed by the members of Socialist Party (India) in their procession and demonstration in UP state capital of Lucknow on 8th January 2014. Since permission was not granted to
09:17 Jan 9, 2014 PST
Is India Restraining Corruption in Politics?
With the formation of Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi the country is going to witness a novel experiment in politics. The first target has been the VIP culture.
18:04 Jan 1, 2014 PST
India's Gays And Lesbians Still Vulnerable to Harassment in India
On 11 December 2013, the streets outside the Supreme Court of India thronged with a dazed crowd, hugging, sobbing and not quite sure what had happened.
21:21 Dec 24, 2013 PST
Co-Infections and HIV Beget Each Other
(This article is based upon a CNS interview with Professor (Dr) Dilip Mathai, Dean, Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences and Research)
03:29 Dec 23, 2013 PST
Adherence Medication Crucial to Success of Any Treatment Programme
To tackle any disease it is not merely only diagnosing correctly and offering quality treatment but ensuring that the patients adhere to treatment that is of paramount importance.
15:21 Dec 21, 2013 PST
Cardiovascular Diseases Cause High Mortality Rate Among HIV Patients
Although historic scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) is keeping people living with HIV (PLHIV) alive, 1 in 10 of them succumb to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).
21:06 Dec 18, 2013 PST
Eliminating Paediatric HIV is Challenging But Not Unachievable
An estimated 3.4 million children are living with HIV, thus accounting for 10% of the total global HIV infected population. At the same time, the number of children newly infected with HIV dropped drastically by 52% between 2001 and 2012.
01:39 Dec 18, 2013 PST
India Makes Significant Progress In Its Fight Against AIDS
The new mantra of 'zero new HIV infections, zero deaths and zero AIDS-related stigma and discrimination by 2015' is increasing decibels but Indian AIDS response is a complex matrix of challenges
01:19 Dec 17, 2013 PST
Combination HIV Prevention Crucial to Achieve An Aids-Free Society
One size does not fit all. Likewise we need an expanded basket of evidence-based interventions and approaches to meet the unique needs and contexts of different key affected populations to prevent HIV.
23:34 Dec 15, 2013 PST
ASICON 2013 Calls for Mobilizing More Domestic Funding to End AIDS
Dr Gilada strongly remarked against India's obsession with external funding and lamented that it undermines (and under-utilizes) India's domestic resources in the private and public sector, expertise that its healthcare providers have in managing
03:41 Dec 15, 2013 PST
Delhi Elections: The AAP Phenomenon and What It Means for US
Article by former faculty of IIT Mumbai and IIM Lucknow who is currently volunteering his time around Delhi elections....
21:50 Dec 1, 2013 PST
Activist Lawyer Anand Grover Discusses 'Right to Health' for HIV Victims
Anand Grover is a lawyer from India who is known for his legal activism in Indian law relating to HIV. He is a co-founder member of the Lawyers Collective and has been UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health since 2008. He spoke with the Citize
11:40 Nov 27, 2013 PST
HIV Infections 'More Prevalent' Among Men
Despite a 26% overall reduction in new HIV infections in Asia and the Pacific since 2001, the epidemic still outpaces regional responses.
11:54 Nov 21, 2013 PST
Vietnam Promotes Methadone Treatment for Drug Users
Statistics by the HIV/AIDS Prevention Department of the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Vietnam shows that currently there are about 170,000 drug users in the listed record of the country.
16:21 Nov 16, 2013 PST
Ending Discrimination Vital to Ensure Zero AIDS-Related Deaths
'Why wouldn't you want to share my chocolate?' What would be your answer if a young five year old girl infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) asks this innocent question? The Indian government Department of AIDS Control (DAC)
06:42 Nov 16, 2013 PST
Pneumonia Remains A Deadly Disease After Centuries of Knowledge
In 2011 an estimated It is estimated that in 2011 out of the 120 million children were ill with pneumonia and 1.3 million of them succumbed to the disease.
14:25 Nov 15, 2013 PST
New Innovation Programme Helps Protect The Health and Rights of AIDS Patients
In India, this concern has been overcome by the cadre of link workers in Bihar who have managed to increase the number of referrals at testing centres by adopting inventive ways of convincing the vulnerable communities to access treatment.
18:12 Nov 11, 2013 PST
New Technology Reduces Mortality Rate in Cardiovascular Surgeries
A young scientist was awarded the third prize at Falling Walls 2013 for her research aimed to reduce mortality and complication rate in surgical procedures to treat cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).
19:38 Nov 10, 2013 PST
MDR-TB Survivor Shares Her Story of Hope and Acceptance
Xolelwa Joni, a multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) survivor spoke with Citizen News Service (CNS) at the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health.
04:05 Nov 8, 2013 PST
Project ORCHID Shares Best Practices on Harm Reduction
Learnings from Project ORCHID's pioneering work on harm reduction in northeast India shows that scale up is possible even in resource poor and conflict ridden settings.
13:32 Nov 7, 2013 PST
Diabetes Increases The Risk of Active Tuberculosis
There is evidence of an important association between diabetes mellitus (DM) and tuberculosis (TB). DM increases the risk of active tuberculosis by a factor of 2 to 3. Also people with TB, who have diabetes, have been found to have worse TB treatmen
13:57 Nov 6, 2013 PST
'The Union' Calls for Urgent Regulation of e-Cigarettes
Another recent report by the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency found that 10% of UK smokers now use e-cigarettes, and the number of EC/ENDS users in UK has risen to around 1.3 million in 2013,
19:16 Nov 5, 2013 PST
Innovations and Partnerships Vital to TB Control
There is no doubt that investment and thrust for more effective new diagnostic and treatment tools for tuberculosis (TB) must go up but alongside it is equally imperative to optimally use existing technologies. 'Innovation has the ability to change
15:33 Nov 4, 2013 PST
India Moves Forward in The Fight Against MDR-TB
According to the World Health Organization's Global Tuberculosis Report 2013, India has the highest incidence of TB in the world, with 2.2 million new TB cases annually which amount to 18% of the global TB burden and 66% of that in South East Asia.
17:43 Nov 3, 2013 PST
Better Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Treatment Coming Soon
While the number of people detected with MDR-TB increased to 94,000 globally in 2012 (by more than 40%) this amounts to less than 20% of those actually estimated to have MDR-TB. Even amongst the lucky few who did get diagnosed, almost 17, 000 of the
20:38 Nov 2, 2013 PST
Pneumonia A Deadly Disease For Children Under Five
Pneumonia is the single largest cause of death in children worldwide. Every year, it kills an estimated 1.2 million children under the age of five years, accounting for 18% of all deaths of children under five
16:21 Nov 2, 2013 PST
Multidrug-Resistant TB Threatens Progress Made in TB Care and Control Worldwide
According to the recently released WHO Global TB Report 2013, 450,000 people fell ill with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and 170,000 died from the disease in 2012 alone.
11:42 Nov 1, 2013 PST
World Making Progress in Eliminating Childhood TB
'2013 has been a year of tremendous progress. I am optimistic that paediatric TB will no longer be 'the neglected of the neglected'. With help of UNITAID and US Agency for International Development (USAID) we are embarking on significant changes
18:22 Oct 31, 2013 PST
Asthma Medicines Still Unaffordable for Many
Globally around 300 million people suffer from asthma, yet for many of them living in low- and middle-income countries access to quality-assured, affordable asthma essential medicines still remains a distant dream. This was revealed in a study condu
13:50 Oct 28, 2013 PST
Counselling Enhances Effectiveness of Multi Drug-Resistant TB Programmes
India has certainly come a long way forward in its response to providing access to standard WHO recommended anti-TB treatment through Directly Observed Treatment Short course (DOTS) to more than 14.2 million (1.42 crores) people across the country.
20:08 Oct 23, 2013 PST
Why Do Some Men Use Violence Against Women?
Violence against women is neither culture nor region specific. It cuts across community and class and makes no distinction.
18:44 Oct 17, 2013 PST
New Roadmap Aims Towards Zero Deaths From Childhood TB
The 'Roadmap for Childhood Tuberculosis: Towards Zero Deaths' - the first-ever plan which specifically addresses TB in children and outlines the path towards zero deaths from childhood TB - was jointly launched on 1st October 2013, by the Internat
17:54 Oct 11, 2013 PST
Soil Microorganisms Vital to Preservation of Soil Fertility
Founders of the American non-profit organisation The Hummingbird Project, Marilyn McHugh and Chris Kennedy, delivered a talk on the topic Beneficial Soil Microorganisms.
14:35 Oct 10, 2013 PST
New Project Makes Drastic Improvement in Maternal and Child Care in India
...effective and innovative approach to avert maternal and neonatal deaths in the rural community by focussing on home based management of Postpartum Haemorrhage (PPH), as a large number of maternal deaths occur in the postpartum period of 42 days a
06:07 Oct 4, 2013 PST
New Roadmap Addresses TB in Children
The 'Roadmap for Childhood Tuberculosis: Towards Zero Deaths' - the first ever plan which specifically addresses TB in children and outlines the path towards zero deaths from childhood TB - was jointly launched on 1st October 2013, in Washington
20:13 Oct 3, 2013 PST
Children and Women At Risk of Heart Disease Too
World Heart Day is 29th September. This year the focus is a life-course approach to prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases with a focus on women and children.
05:56 Sep 29, 2013 PST
Tobacco Epidemic Hitting The World
Most smokers would reply that no one tricked them into smoking. It was and has always been their sole decision to smoke. However, when one looks back it is not uncommon to see the different reasons why people, both young and old smoke. The common on
18:38 Sep 25, 2013 PST
Is Indonesia 'Passive' About Global Tobacco Control Efforts?
The 2013 Asia Pacific Association for the Control of Tobacco (APACT) Conference was held in August, 2013 in Chiba, Japan to address the prevention and control of tobacco use worldwide, with a special focus on the Asia Pacific region.
17:58 Sep 23, 2013 PST
Tobacco Control Activities Must Include Youth Participation
The 'International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: The Endgame for Tobacco', jointly organized by The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Health Related Information Dissem
16:40 Sep 22, 2013 PST
Tobacco Industries Continue to Attack Public's Health Policies
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the world's first global public health and corporate accountability treaty and to date 177 countries are Parties to it. By signing and ratifying this treaty, these countries are committed to
05:24 Sep 22, 2013 PST
UNITAID Making A Difference in Supporting TB Programs
Earlier this year we had visited many biosafety level (BSL) III laboratories in India where one of the latest diagnostic tools were available to do drug susceptibility testing (DST) for tuberculosis (TB). One red-coloured sticker on these diagnostic
19:24 Sep 19, 2013 PST
Integrated TB and HIV Care in Myanmar Gives Hope
There is no doubt that tuberculosis (TB) and HIV care should be integrated at different levels, particularly in high burden settings.
19:06 Sep 18, 2013 PST
New Machine to Diagnose TB Within Two Hours
Diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) and also getting to know with accuracy about resistance to one of the two most powerful anti-TB drugs (Rifampicin) is increasingly becoming a reality on the ground.
09:16 Sep 15, 2013 PST
Government's Treatment for TB is Free and Reliable in India
48 years old Deepak, was leading a happy normal life with his wife and 3 children. He was working in a government job as a driver in the police department in Ramgarh district of Uttarakhand when, way back in 1997, he suddenly vomited blood one day.
10:31 Sep 1, 2013 PST
Are Healthcare Workers Tuberculosis Proof?
'I had to choose between being deaf and being dead', this is what Dalene von Delft, a Medical Doctor from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, said in her testimony at a two-day Southern Africa meeting held recently to strengthen and scale up
18:57 Aug 30, 2013 PST
Indoor Air Pollution: The Air I Breathe
The impact of indoor air quality, on airborne infections is often ignored or unknown even though it relates to the health of our lungs-one of the most vital organ of or bodies.
19:03 Jul 30, 2013 PST
5 Years Survival After Lung Cancer Treatment Remains Low
Lung cancer has reached epidemic proportions. It is the leading cause of cancer death in developing countries and is rising alarmingly in developing countries.
12:00 Jul 28, 2013 PST
Scaling Up Natural Fertility Awareness Methods Increases Family Planning Access
If women and girls, and their male partners where possible, are aware of fertility cycle, then it is very likely to increase access to existing family planning services, improve communication between partners, and help them prevent unintended pregna
13:47 Jul 18, 2013 PST
Major Thrust to Improve Responses to Non-communicable Diseases
The NCD Alliance launched a new programme, formally called 'Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action' at The Economist event 'New Approaches to Non-Communicable Diseases' in South Africa.
19:25 Jul 16, 2013 PST
Towards a Nuclear-free World by Magsaysay Awardee
A Hindi language book, 'Towards A Nuclear-free World', penned by Magsaysay Awardee, scientist and noted social activist Dr Sandeep Pandey and published by Vani Prakashan, was also released by two women activists from Kudankulam
16:48 Jul 14, 2013 PST
Safe Air Should Be There For All Of Us To Share
Air, water and food are the three basic essentials (in that order) to sustain human life. One can stay without water and food for long periods but not without oxygen laden clean air even for a few moments.
12:05 Jul 14, 2013 PST
Walk The Talk: New WHO Guidelines on HIV Treatment and Prevention
These new WHO guidelines recommend offering antiretroviral therapy (ART) earlier. Recent evidence indicates that earlier ART will help people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and substantially reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others.
16:38 Jul 4, 2013 PST
How to Maximize The Prevention Potential of ARV Drugs
To make an impact on new HIV infections globally, antiretroviral (ARV)-based HIV prevention strategies need to be closely tailored to local contexts and cultures, according to a new report
05:37 Jun 20, 2013 PST
Unmet Need of Contraception in India 'Bad' for Economy
Results of an efficacy study published in 2002, showed SDM to be more than 95 percent effective with correct use and 88 percent effective with typical use, well within range of other user-dependent methods.
15:19 Jun 11, 2013 PST
Investment Vital to Accelerate Progress on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Funding for SRHR need to target the most vulnerable and marginalized groups to ensure equitable and sustainable development in this region.
19:13 Jun 5, 2013 PST
Biogas Plants Calls for Maintenance Support in India
Despite acute power shortage in rural areas, varying levels of poverty and impoverishment, why is, government's heavily subsidized programme to encourage people in rural areas to install biogas and manure plants for renewable energy production, not
18:57 Jun 5, 2013 PST
Major Economic Returns for Investing in Women's Reproductive Health
A new World Bank report released at Women Deliver 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, demonstrates that investing in women's reproductive health is smart economics.
16:07 May 28, 2013 PST
Investing in Girls and Women Good for Malaysia's Economy
A girl in Malaysia today is more likely to go to a university than a boy. '65% students enrolled in tertiary colleges are women' said Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak at Women Deliver 2013.
11:13 May 28, 2013 PST
Myths and Misconceptions About Asthma
Mwololo is a ten year old girl from a Semitic community in Kenya. The little manyatta that serves as her home is inhabited by seven other children; her siblings and cousins.
07:04 May 27, 2013 PST
Effective Public Health Policies Vital to Control Ashma
There is no doubt that much more needs to be done to effectively control asthma at all levels. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects 235 million people worldwide.
11:33 May 18, 2013 PST
India's Women Heroes of The Slums in Focus
Pratima refused to finalize the marriage of her son till her husband agreed to construct a toilet in their house located in a Kanpur slum. She did not want her daughter-in-law to suffer the same fate of open defecation as she did.
12:53 May 17, 2013 PST
Keeping Asthma Under Control to Live Life Normally
Every person with asthma can be a heroine or hero if asthma is kept under control. With at least 84 Olympic Gold medalists having asthma, it is clear that people with asthma can surely exercise provided asthma is kept under control.
15:22 May 8, 2013 PST
How to Prevent Future Asthma Attacks
Globally, asthma is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality. Cases have increased in the past 20 years especially in children. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases with over 200 million suffering from it worldwide. If urgent
10:51 May 7, 2013 PST
Access to Quality-Assured Medicines Key to Treat Asthma
Asthma causes disabling symptoms in millions of people who struggle to breathe, making ordinary activities extraordinarily difficulty - things like going to school, working at a job, looking after children or aging parents, running or even walking.
13:30 May 6, 2013 PST
No More Business as Usual: Call to Manage Asthma Well
World Asthma Day, 7th May. Despite evidence that asthma can be effectively managed, not only asthma-related health literacy is very low in most settings but also quality-
08:23 May 6, 2013 PST
New Diagnostic Tests for Multidrug-Resistant TB Revealed!
The Xpert MTB/RIF test is a cartridge-based fully automated NAAT (nucleic acid amplification test) for TB case detection and rifampicin (RIF) resistance testing, suitable for use in disease-endemic countries.
13:45 Apr 12, 2013 PST
Fight Against Drug-Resistant TB Has Come a Long Way in Viet Nam
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Viet Nam ranks 12th among 22 high burden tuberculosis (TB) countries, and 14th among 27 high burden multidrug-resistant
19:14 Apr 11, 2013 PST
Unmet Need of Contraception on The Rise in India
Millions of women (and men) are still unable to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and prevent unintended pregnancies.
07:41 Apr 10, 2013 PST
Contraceptive Device 'Cycle Beads' Prevents Unintended Pregnancies
The main idea behind promoting this new method of family planning is that all couples must have access to quality reproductive health and family planning services, irrespective of their social and economic status.
07:10 Apr 8, 2013 PST
National Free Access to Cochrane Library in India: Freedom May End At Midnight
Unless the national license is renewed, before the two-month extension granted by the publishers also expires, people in India will have free access to The Cochrane Library only till midnight on March 31, 2013.
22:53 Mar 30, 2013 PST
Indian Heart Specialists Win American College of Cardiologists Award
The Cardiology Department of King George's Medical University (KGMU) in India added yet another feather to its cap with two of its faculty members being awarded in the same year with the prestigious fellowship of American College of Cardiologists.
13:29 Mar 25, 2013 PST
How to Prevent and Control TB in Children
'I will not take all these medicines for two years... they are very strong medicines. I won't be able to go to school' said 12 year old Abu (name changed) as the doctor explained to him that his sputum was still positive after six months
09:09 Mar 25, 2013 PST
TB Survivor Tells Inspiring Story of Hope and Will Power
This is the story of Munnawar Khan Pathan, a 49 years auto rickshaw driver of Ahmedabad who has successfully battled multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) through his will power and the loving efforts of his doctor
07:01 Mar 25, 2013 PST
Swelling Waters of River Sharda Engulf Villages in Sitapur District
About thousand villagers in Reusa Block, Sitapur, staged a Jal Satyagrah by getting down into the waters of river Sharda and standing there all day long on 25-26 February 2013.
07:05 Feb 26, 2013 PST
Von Hippel-Lindau Victim Calls for Help
This is a personal testimony of a brave woman who is surviving VHL syndrome and complications such as recurrent tumours. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is another health challenge she is currently facing
16:16 Feb 16, 2013 PST
Rising of a Billion Voices for Justice
It was a Valentine's Day celebration with a difference. On 14th February, 2013, a vibrant crowd of Lucknowites marched from Begum Hazrat Mahal Park to Hazratganj- the heart of the city-as a part of 'Odhani ka Parcham', a campaign to condemn viole
07:46 Feb 16, 2013 PST
Social Activist Arundhati Dhuru Slams New Anti-Rape Ordinance
Arundhati is also the UP State Advisor to Right To Food Commissioners appointed by Supreme Court, and has been a long-time social activist with Narmada Bachao Andolan and National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM).
11:05 Feb 5, 2013 PST
Results of TB Vaccine Study: Longer Road Ahead
While BCG can prevent severe forms of TB in some children, its widespread use in infants has failed to control the global epidemic.
13:08 Feb 4, 2013 PST
Thrust on Research to Protect MSM and Transgender People From HIV
HIV rates among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender community are alarming. Unless we have safe and effective HIV prevention methods for men, women and transgender people who practice anal sex, it will be difficult to stem the epidemic.
19:30 Jan 20, 2013 PST
Tougher Laws Vital to End Sexual Assault Against Women
Civil society groups and citizens have submitted a comprehensive list of recommendations today (2nd January 2013) to government-appointed committee that is currently seeking input on how to reform laws against sexual assault.
07:56 Jan 2, 2013 PST
Declining Sex Ratio for Indian State of Uttar Pradesh Draws Concern
A consultation, to draft a policy to correct the trend of declining sex ratio for the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was organized by ActionAid and Saajhi Duniya. UP has a dismal sex ratio of 908 and a child sex ratio of 899, which is even worse than
12:21 Dec 24, 2012 PST
Delhi Gang Rape Case Draws Condemnation
Even as the Delhi gang rape victim-a 23-year-old paramedical student-who was gang raped, tortured and thrown out from inside a moving bus on the night of 18th December, 2012-- lies in a critical condition on a ventilator support system
08:20 Dec 22, 2012 PST
TB Alliance to Develop Pediatric TB Drugs With Support From UNITAID
Tuberculosis (TB) is a leading killer of children, particularly in resource-poor settings, though the true size of the problem is unknown. Estimates of the number of children who contract TB annually range from 300,000 up to 1 million;
14:56 Dec 21, 2012 PST
Down With Formula Milk And Tobacco For A Healthy World!
The first one is The International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (The Code), which is an international public health recommendation to regulate the marketing of breastmilk substitutes.
19:49 Dec 19, 2012 PST
Union Model Leads to Successful TB-HIV Collaborative Care
Over the past nine years, The Union and its partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Benin and Zimbabwe have worked with 59 primary health care (PHC) clinics to conduct action research on how to provide joint TB and HIV services
12:18 Dec 19, 2012 PST
Is Bloated Gujarat's Economic Performance a Myth?
A lot has been bloated about Gujarat's outstanding economic performance during Narendra Modi's Chief Minister-ship. Many educated people believe in it too.
13:27 Dec 8, 2012 PST
Uganda: Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections
Kakaire Ayub Kirunda writes... ''Getting to zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths,' is the theme for World AIDS Days between 2011 and 2015, in line with a new global vision being spearheaded by UNAIDS.
12:36 Dec 8, 2012 PST
Operational Strategy to Stop TB Despite Tight Purse Strings
The objective of this strategy is to serve as a roadmap for how the Partnership Secretariat, based on its comparative advantages and available financial and human resources, serves the Partnership and contributes to the Global Plan to Stop TB.
14:02 Dec 6, 2012 PST
The World Doing Better in Responding to HIV Than TB?
While there is a major success story in making HIV treatment accessible to those in need of it, TB continues to be a leading cause of death in PLHIV, who are at 5 times higher risk of getting TB than those who are HIV negative.
09:59 Dec 6, 2012 PST
Has Childhood TB Come Of Age?
Close to the heels of the WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2012 releasing some data on childhood tuberculosis for the first time, one plenary at the recently concluded 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health in Kuala Lumpur was dedicated to 'Child
19:46 Nov 28, 2012 PST
Is There Hope For MDR-TB Patients?
Every morning Aran's (name changed) father drives him from his home, to the government TB hospital in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, (which takes one hour to reach) for his multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) oral medication. Then in the ev
10:28 Nov 28, 2012 PST
Countries Adopt Illicit Trade Protocol of Global Tobacco Treaty
Today government delegates from across the world adopted the illicit trade protocol of the global tobacco treaty - the world's first public health and corporate accountability treaty - but not without a fight from Big Tobacco.
10:52 Nov 12, 2012 PST
Uganda to Vaccinate 3 Million Children Against Pneumonia
World Pneumonia Day, 12th November Lung Week: 12-17 November
07:20 Nov 12, 2012 PST
Uttar Pradesh Waits for The Realization of Integrated Child Protection Scheme
The Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) is a much awaited initiative in Uttar Pradesh. And Rightly so with hopes of both, the government agencies as well as the private NGOs and activists pinned on the scheme for a better,
04:51 Sep 28, 2012 PST
ASEAN Delegates Call for Support for Zero New HIV Infections
Young women, female sex workers, transgender women, women who use drugs and women living with HIV have called on ASEAN to support women and girls living with and affected by HIV.
13:59 Sep 27, 2012 PST
Treatment for Charcot Foot in Diabetes Revealed
Charcot neuropathic osteo-arthropathy, commonly referred to as the Charcot Foot, is a condition affecting the bones, joints, and soft tissues of the foot and ankle.
07:54 Sep 27, 2012 PST
How to Avoid Diabetic Foot Problems
ADiabetes is on the rise and unless massive and coordinated prevention programmes for all life style diseases, are undertaken by the government at the national level, the epidemic of diabetes will crush us.
05:07 Sep 26, 2012 PST
Comprehensive and Integrated Action a Must to Control Heart Disease
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the world's largest killers, claiming 17.3 million (1 crore 73 lakhs) lives a year. Risk factors for heart disease and stroke include raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, smoking, inadequate inta
14:23 Sep 23, 2012 PST
UncircumcIsed Men At High Risk of HIV Compared to CircumcIsed Men
There are over 40 observational studies among heterosexual men, which show that circumcised men have about a 60% reduced risk of HIV compared to uncircumcised men.
07:28 Sep 15, 2012 PST
An HIV Vaccine Will Never Work in Isolation
In the event that control and elimination of HIV is realised in the next few years, maintaining this success is going to be hard without a vaccine.
14:38 Sep 14, 2012 PST
Safe and Effective Vaccine Critical to Control of HIV Globally
HIV is said to have killed more than 30 million people across the globe since it was discovered in 1983 by Dr Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.
08:49 Sep 13, 2012 PST
Vaginal Microbicide Critically Important for HIV Protection
Microbicide refers to a new type of product being developed that people could use vaginally or rectally to protect themselves from HIV and possibly other sexually transmitted infections.
19:15 Sep 12, 2012 PST
Footwear and Orthotics Play Important Role in Diabetic Foot Care
India is home to the second highest number of people living with diabetes in the world, after China. Today there are over 45 million people grappling with the disease, and the numbers show no signs of reducing.
14:33 Sep 12, 2012 PST
World Celebrates First Ever Global Female Condom Day
Female condoms usage assumes greater relevance today when we are aiming to tame the HIV virus by using combination prevention therapies.
12:38 Sep 12, 2012 PST
Can Intensive Treatment and Prevention Turn The HIV Tide?
What Dr Fauci advocates is to do combination prevention as well as possible without delay. He added, each of the components of combination prevention, 'has to do something with bio-medical prevention and behaviour.'
16:12 Sep 11, 2012 PST
Scientists Gather in Boston for 'AIDS Vaccine 2012' Forum
Scientists from around the world will gather in Boston next week to present more than 400 new research studies updating global progress in the search for a safe and effective HIV vaccine. AIDS Vaccine 2012,
14:25 Sep 8, 2012 PST
Health Risks of Wood-Fired Cooking Revealed
Rudimentary wood-fired cook stoves and open fires emit fine particles, carbon monoxide, and other pollutants at levels up to 100 times higher than the recommended limits set by the World Health Organization (WHO).
12:16 Sep 7, 2012 PST
Multiple Prevention Technologies Prevent HIV Transmission
'We have to address the needs, challenges and opportunities for development of multiple prevention technologies (MPTs) that would provide simultaneous protection against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
16:27 Aug 23, 2012 PST
Is Anal Health Just a Gay Issue?
Women face the brunt of health problems, be it communicable or non-communicable diseases. Anal sex happens everywhere. Even young people who are learning about sex might want to know how it feels.
07:17 Aug 14, 2012 PST
Are Rectal Microbicides Safe and Effective for STI/HIV Prevention?
At the recently concluded XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), not only the decibels went up on ending AIDS but also sane voices were heard demanding a well-costed and thought-through strategy on how to end AIDS.
06:54 Aug 13, 2012 PST
Community Engagement is Key as Rectal Microbicides Research Progresses Ahead
The need to engage affected communities as research moves ahead, and engage them with dignity as equal partners is the key to ensure that finally we develop products that are efficient and also when they become available, are actually used by popula
15:13 Aug 12, 2012 PST
Breastfeeding Vital to Ensure a Child's Health and Survival
Exclusive breast feeding implies that the child should be only, and only, on mother's milk from first hour of birth up to a minimum of six months, without any other supplement like water, honey, gripe water or any top feed.
06:40 Aug 7, 2012 PST
'...And Lubes' in spotlight at AIDS 2012
Most men, women and transgender people who practice anal sex use some kind of a lubricant (lube) ranging from expensive and commercially marketed branded lubes to saliva or oil. According to the United Nations joint programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS),
20:25 Jul 23, 2012 PST
Are There Substantive Benefits of School Programmes for Deworming?
Latest research, published on 11 July 2012, on the effect of deworming drugs on nutrition and school performance in children, commands our attention.
20:30 Jul 21, 2012 PST
Rectal Microbicide Reduces a Person's Risk of HIV
According to the Microbicides Trials Network (MTN), HIV continues to disproportionately affect racial minorities and men who have sex with men (MSM).
09:53 Jul 6, 2012 PST
Integrating TB and HIV Care
Despite the fact that tuberculosis (TB) is curable and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is treatable, 350,000 people co-infected with the two diseases died in 2010, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
19:10 Jul 4, 2012 PST
Safe and Non-toxic Microbicides Prevent HIV
Vaginal and anal sex continue to put millions of people at risk those who are unable to use or negotiate the use of existing HIV prevention options.
06:44 Jun 30, 2012 PST
Are Uncircumcised Men At High Risk of HIV?
Voluntary medical male circumcision protects against HIV. 'There are over 40 observational studies among heterosexual men, which show that circumcised men have about a 60% reduced risk of HIV compared to uncircumcised men.
18:09 Jun 27, 2012 PST
Caring Treatment for HIV Patients Beats All Odds
Shanti is a 38 year old semi-literate woman of slender means living in Mumbai. She has been living with HIV since the last 5 years and had developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).
08:06 Apr 6, 2012 PST
The World in Desperate Need for Effective TB Vaccine
Some 10 million children have been orphaned by the death of a parent from tuberculosis (TB). That number is shocking, but it does not begin to account for the children who must quit school to care for sick parents,
07:18 Mar 22, 2012 PST
TB in Children: Why Zimbabwe Must Act Now
Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem in Zimbabwe yet very little is known about the impact of the disease on children. Without a functional healthcare system and research into pediatric TB
14:59 Mar 21, 2012 PST
TB Remains Among The Top Ten Killers of Children Worldwide
Tuberculosis (TB) among children is rarely discussed. Because children, more often than not cannot speak for themselves, not much about how they're affected by the disease ever hits the headlines.
07:41 Mar 19, 2012 PST
Women's Vulnerability to TB on The Rise in Africa
Today is March 8, and across the world the International Women's Day is being commemorated. Coincidentally, March is the global tuberculosis (TB) awareness month.
09:23 Mar 9, 2012 PST
Polio Eradication: A Lesson For TB Control
TB is killing one child every 5 minutes! We do not see them affected but their ashes swirl all around us. How long will we use the usual argument that TB is different and continue to turn a blind eye.
14:16 Feb 29, 2012 PST
New Project Advances Efforts For Effective HIV/AIDS Responses in India
A regional consultation, organized jointly by South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation in Law (SAARCLAW), UNAIDS Technical Support Facility for South Asia (TSF-SA) and Maitri, was held recently in New Delhi.
08:40 Feb 25, 2012 PST
'Real' Steps to Achieve 'Zero' Children Dying From TB in 2015
I like to start by sharing a real story which I experienced in one of my visits in the field last year. I'm sure many of you working in the field have similar stories to tell.
07:20 Feb 23, 2012 PST
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