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Exclusive Breastfeeding Can Save 22.3% Infant Deaths
Kulsum Mustafa

Statistics state that 270,000 infants born in Uttar Pradesh (UP) die in the first month of their birth and every sixth malnutrition child lives in UP.

APCOM to Tackle HIV Among MSM and Transgender People in Asia Pacific
Bobby Ramakant

The Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) has moved from an interim governance structure to one incorporating a Governing Board and an Executive Director, considerably strengthening its capacity to address a sharp rise in HIV infection in men who have sex with men and transgender populations across the region.

Outrage Against Delay in Pictorial Warnings on Tobacco Products in India
Citizen News Service

Fifty-two organizations under the umbrella of the Advocacy Forum for Tobacco Control (AFTC) met in Mumbai from June 23-25 and deliberated on the delay in enforcement of pictorial health warnings on tobacco products.

Caregivers Come With a Cost
Chief K Masimba Biriwasha

While community home based care is the preferred means of providing care for people living with HIV in many parts of Southern Africa, it comes with massive costs especially to caregivers in terms of time, effort and commitment, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the International AIDS Society.

Spare the Ruler But Do Not Spoil the Child
Shobha Shuklat

The nation is abuzz with the news of Rouvanjit Rawla, a class VIII student of Kolkata’s prestigious La Martiniere School for boys, who hanged himself four months ago, reportedly unable to bear the humiliation after he was caned by his school principal Sunirmal Chakroborty, and allegedly by some other teachers as well. What was his crime?

Fighting Tuberculosis (TB) in Asia: Public and Private Health Sector Should Partner Up
Babs Verblackt

In Asia, partnerships between public and private healthcare providers are especially relevant in the fight against tuberculosis (TB). "These partnerships can help guarantee quality of care and improve information on the national TB situations," says Giuliano Gargioni.

UP is Home to 20 Per Cent of India's Child Labourers
Kulsum Mustafa

State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights is still not top priority of government.

Promise of an Optimal Future for Women and Girls
Shobha Shukla

2010 is as transforming a mile stone as 1910 was, in the journey of achieving basic human and health care rights for all women and children.

Women and Power
Shobha Shukla

Women are joining the workforce in increasing numbers, but still, almost two thirds of women in the developing world work in vulnerable jobs where they are either self-employed or work as unpaid family workers.

Harnessing Technology to Empower Women
Shobha Shukla

While new information technology enables instantaneous access to vital health information, advances in medical technology for use in low-resource settings enable access to cutting edge care in some of the poorest and most under served places in the world.

Symposium Shows Progress in TB Vaccines
Babs Verblackt

Steady progress is made in the development of new vaccines against tuberculosis (TB), researchers showed at a symposium in Spain. Several vaccine candidates are now being or soon will be tested in people.

Women Deliver 2010: Lot More Needs to be Done to Save Women's Lives
Bobby Ramakant

At the global level we don't only have the issue of deaths of women and child, pregnancy and child-birth related situations, but it is the discrepancy between these deaths in the northern and more industrialized countries and in the developing countries.

Women Deliver 2010: Invest in Women, it Pays
Shobha Shukla

The world's largest conference on women's health and empowerment in more than a decade opens on Monday, June 7, at Washington DC, USA, with a call to increase funding commitments for maternal, reproductive, and newborn health.

World Environment Day (WED 2010): Smoke-Free Environment is a Right
Citizen News Service

Second-hand tobacco smoke is dangerous to health. It causes cancer, heart disease and many other serious life-threatening diseases in adults.

Further Research Into Field of New Tuberculosis (TB) Vaccines Needed
Babs Verblackt

The development of new vaccines against tuberculosis (TB) is progressing in promising ways, but many issues remain to be further researched, European scientists explained on 3 June 2010 at a symposium in Spain.

Women: Tobacco's Future Face
Jittima Jantanamalaka

As tobacco consumption rises among women and youth, warning sign has gone out to the world on World No Tobacco Day , also from the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and Action on Smoking and Health Foundation.

World No Tobacco Day - a Critical Point in the Year of the Lung
Citizen News Service

The World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2010, is a critical point in the 2010: Year of the Lung campaign, according to the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. Studies show that 50% of all deaths from lung disease are linked to tobacco use.

Lubricants' Use May Put Individuals at Higher Risk of HIV
Bobby Ramakant

One of the M2010 themes is the growing realization that there is a significant issue of HIV acquisition through rectal sex not only for men who have sex with men (MSM) who are clearly very visible HIV high risk group but increasingly for women who may be exposed to the virus rectally.

We Need a Lifetime of No Tobacco, and Not Merely a Day
Shobha Shukla

The war against tobacco needs to be won, and not just fought, with renewed pledges; stricter legislation; innovative awareness programmes; and the will to succeed in curbing the menace of tobacco.

Say Yes To Life: Say No To Tobacco
Shobha Shukla

The theme of this year's World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is "Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women." It is designed to draw particular attention to the harmful effects of tobacco marketing towards women and girls.

2010 Omololu Falobi Award for HIV Prevention Community Advocacy
Bobby Ramakan

Omololu was killed in October 2006 in Lagos, Nigeria. He was a powerful international activist, a gifted journalist, a friend, a father, and a force to be reckoned with when it came to community activism.

State-of-the-Art Microbicides to Prevent HIV
Bobby Ramakant

The microbicides field has undoubtedly moved and shifted a lot in the past decade. Now, with first generation microbicides candidate products up and gone, antiretroviral treatment (ART) - drug based microbicides in spotlight, and only three major microbicides efficacy studies remaining, the need to lobby for increased funding of microbicides research and development, was never so compelling.

Homophobia is a Human Rights Issue
Shobha Shukla

In order to prevent and control HIV we must protect and promote the human rights of the homosexuals - the most vulnerable and typically marginalized sections of society.

Speak The Unspeakable and Do The Unthinkable
Shobha Shukla

The age old issue dealing with the problems of people with alternate sexuality was discussed threadbare, on the occasion of International Day against Homophobia, on 17th May, in the precincts of the almost hundred years old University of Hong Kong.

An AIDS Vaccine is Possible: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (18th May)
Bobby Ramakant

Approximately 7500 people newly infected with HIV every day. In this scenario, the development of an AIDS vaccine is one of the greatest challenges currently in medical research and no viral disease has ever been controlled without a vaccine.

Climate of State-Sponsored Homophobia Ups HIV Rates
Bobby Ramakant

The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on 17th of May, provides yet another opportunity to talk about the wave of discrimination and violence against men who have sex with men (MSM) that is driving the spread of HIV/AIDS in developing countries.

Sexuality-Related Stigma Impedes Access to Existing Services
Shobha Shukla

Globally, men who have sex with men (MSMs) and transgenders have a higher rate of HIV incidence, due to appalling attention towards their health needs.

International Day Against Homophobia (17 May): Protect the Right to Life with Dignity of LGBT Community
Shobha Shukla

Well, why do we need to celebrate such a day? Homophobia is expressed in ways which does not treat MSMs, lesbians and transgenders with respect, and prevents their access to basic human rights, particularly the right to live with dignity.

United Nations General Assembly on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD)
Citizen News Service

For the first time ever, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a Non-communicable Disease Summit involving Heads of State, in September 2011, to address the threat posed by NCDs to low- and middle-income countries.

Media Nest Focusses on Tobacco Control
Kulsum Mustafa

Both the use and acceptance of tobacco usage is on the increase. This is indeed a very alarming sign for society. The Indian anti-tobacco law is strong but in reality its implementation is very weak.

Tobacco Laws And Their Implementation – The Horror of Reality
Shobha Shukla

Today the Class XII students of Loreto Convent College shared the results of their study done to evaluate the implementation of anti-tobacco laws.

Deconstruct Stereotypes: Let Men and Women be Good Human Beings
Alka Pande

Give me a handful of energetic youth and I will transform India, had said Vivekanand, who recognised the potential of youth power and had said this long back. Today, from government to voluntary sector, everyone is talking about youth to tackle a plethora of problems by involving them.

Victory for Access to Medicines as Valaganciclovir Patent is Overturned
Citizen News Service

International medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomes the decision by the Indian Patent Office to set aside the product patent it had previously granted to pharmaceutical company Roche for the drug valganciclovir.

Involve Men to Check Violence Against Women
Alka Pande

The need to involve men to check violence against women has recently emerged as a strong tool for effective handling of the issue.

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