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Bobby Ramakant is a CNS Policy Adviser who writes extensively on health and development, as it affects many countries throughout the world.

Bring Tuberculosis Out Of The Dark Into Light….

...So said Gerry Elsdon, the very svelte TV broadcaster from South Africa, during the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, during the 41st Union World Conference on Lung Health, Berlin, Germany.

47% TB Patients Remain Unreached in Chhattisgarh

Nine out of eighteen districts are inhabited by tribal population. Poverty further exacerbates the situation denying access to existing healthcare services including those for TB.

People With Diabetes are 2-3 Fold Higher Risk of Tuberculosis

The risk of mortality is much higher in TB patients who have co-existing diabetes. There are also evidences to suggest that when there is co-existing diabetes it takes longer for the sputum to become negative (for TB) with anti-tubercular treatment

Piles to Smiles Clinic: Treating piles without surgery

Treating Piles without surgery is a reality now. With latest techniques and competent well-trained staff, getting relief from haemorrhoids (or piles) without surgical incision is a possibility. Patient's hospital stay is very brief, and clinical ou

‘Kothis’ (Feminised Males) Reducing Risk to HIV and Sexual Violence

Having faced ages of neglect, denial and invisibility, 'Kothis' (feminised males) are now being mobilized by groups like 'Bharosa' in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (India) to be empowered and demonstrate leadership in reaching out within their communit

Spotlight on TB-HIV Co-infection at AIDS 2010

It is so nice to see that TB/HIV has been given due importance, focus and limelight in the recently observed IAC of Vienna. There were several oral sessions and poster presentation in the conference to share research, clinical and programmatic exper

Prevent TB: IPT Works, IPT is Safe

In Lesotho, Isoniazid Preventive Therapy (IPT) to prevent latent TB infection from becoming active TB disease, is not available for ordinary citizens but only for health workers. Those people who have latent TB infection have a right to protect them

Red Ribbon Express Begins its Journey in Uttar Pradesh

The station was decked up with festoons and balloons and was choc a bloc with stalls done up in the symbolic red and white colors all set to combating the threat of AIDS.

Time for Grown-Ups to Listen to Young Sane Voices: Save Fuel,...

The young people are the true custodian of our future, so their voices must not be ignored. The children who live in urban slums in state capital of Uttar Pradesh gave a powerful message to grown-ups to save the environment.

Rhapsody 2008 – A Symphony of Different Cultures for Medical Professionals

A thing of beauty is a joy forever, and yet we have 'no time to watch at beauty's glance, and see how well her feet can dance'.

Crop Insurance is The Life Insurance Scheme for Farmers

Uttar Pradesh is one of the most important states of the country in terms of agricultural production. More than 85% of its population is rural based and depends on agriculture for its livelihood. Small and marginal farmers, having less than 2 acres

National Partnership for TB Care and Control is Shaping Up in...

Last week, representatives from a range of TB stakeholders participated in a day-long meeting at LRS Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases in New Delhi.

Teachers’ Day: The Sacrificial Goat

Once again the nation will gather dutifully this year on the 5th of September to pay tribute to the hard work put by the teachers all year long.
Dr Rahul Pandey, Professor at Indian Institute of Technology,Mumbai and Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.

Did G8 Summit provide answers to the Global Energy Crisis?

The recently concluded G8 summit in Japan placed rising fuel and food prices, besides climate change, at the top of its agenda. With unabatedly rising price of oil and uncertainty about its reserves, energy security is today every nation's concern.
Bollywood super star Amitabh Bachchan smoking a cigar in Family film.

Anti-Tobacco Act Takes Grip in India: Amitabh Bachchan Served Notice

On 30 June 2008, the Goa Bench of Mumbai High Court issued notice to megastar 'Big B' - Amitabh Bachchan - and others for allegedly violating the Anti-Tobacco Act.

Will USA reaffirm commitment to TB/HIV in New York?

A number of studies, including one released by the World Bank last month, have found that the direct and indirect costs of inaction on HIV are far greater than the costs of treatment.

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