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2010 Was Year of the Lung: Lung Health Needs Attention
Bobby Ramakant

Statistically, there is 1 TB-related death that takes place every 18 seconds, 1 HIV death every 16 seconds, 1 child dies of pneumonia every 15 seconds and 1 smoking-related death every 13 seconds.

Humanitarian Aid Sails on Final Leg of Its Journey to Gaza
Dr Sandeep Pandey

The send off became quite emotional as there was a realization that Israelis may intercept the ship in mid water. Ajit Sahi speaking before the ship’s departure said that in case of any mishappening, this caravan to Gaza must not stop and there should be more such caravans.

The Nicholas Factor
Shobha Shukla

Need has now been overshadowed with greed. It is not only the children, but even we adults have such skewed up notions about giving and receiving.

Hopes Rest on a New Rapid Diagnostic Test for Tuberculosis
Bobby Ramakant

This new ‘while you wait’ test incorporates modern DNA technology that can be used outside of conventional laboratories. It also benefits from being fully automated and therefore easy and safe to use.

ASICON 2010 Showcases Modern Advancements in Surgery
Bobby Ramakant

The need of the hour is to develop a comprehensive health plan, so that benefits of modern medicine and good health reach to the remotest of areas, and rural population benefits from these advancements.

Winning Project Pictures Life with Tuberculosis
Babs Verblackt

The TB Photovoice Project provides cameras to community members (survivors, caregivers, friends, family) affected by TB, who take photographs that help them identify and improve their communities.

Iranian Sentiments Overwhelm the Gaza Caravan
Dr Sandeep Pandey

It was a coincidence that the period of caravan in Iran coincided with the Moharram, remembrance of martyrdom of Imam Hussain for Shia Muslims, a community which is present in majority here.

Those Were The Days In Lucknow
Shobha Shukla

When I reflect back, the Lucknow of the late 60s and 70s seems to belong to another era altogether. There were fewer brawls, more etiquette, and still more respect for others; the winters were colder, and the hearts were warmer. There was a poetic tinge even in ordinary conversations.

Where There Are No Drugs: TB-HIV Dilemma For Migrants
Constanze Ruprecht

It seems that drug resistance is here to stay – at least for now – and so the best response would include not only addressing the most immediate needs to mitigate impact, but also introducing some longer-term measures.

A Gesture of Solidarity With People of Palestine
Dr Sandeep Pandey

The struggle of the Palestinians is probably one of the most difficult ones going on around the world presently. A population has been rendered homeless in their own homes and are being subjected to continuous humiliation.

The Dance Of Love
Shobha Shukla

While for some of us dancing may be an expression of pure joy or gay abandon, and a way of praying, for others it is a way of pleasing the powers that be, in the hope of receiving some largesse. In the animal/bird kingdom it may be a mating ritual to attract the opposite sex, or simply to survive in this big bad world by enticing the tormentor.

Breaking Silos: Tuberculosis and Poverty
Bobby Ramakant

One of the major steps forward in addressing poverty and TB will be to put health on the poverty agenda and poverty on the health agenda.

New Science, New Hope: Microbicides and HIV Prevention
Bobby Ramakant

The forthcoming Irish Forum for Global Health (IFGH) biennial conference might offer some answers to these concerns and give a major thrust to research and eventual development of new HIV prevention technologies.

Right To Sight (RTS) Committed to Eliminate Avoidable Blindness
Bobby Ramakant

The leading causes of chronic blindness include cataract, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, corneal opacities, diabetic retinopathy, trachoma, and eye conditions in children (including those caused by vitamin A deficiency).

Irish Forum for Global Health Calls for Protecting Health Aid Funding
Citizen News Service

Ireland has a responsibility to help address the health needs of developing countries. While health in Ireland has steadily improved, the gap has widened between Ireland and the least developed countries.

Diseases of Poverty to be in Spotlight at IFGH Biennial Conference
Citizen News Service

This biennial conference will feature over 50 presentations on a range of issues related to health - from HIV to malaria, from eye health to climate change, from nutrition to health service provision.

The Dreams of the World, In The Palm of Your Hand
Jittima Jantanamalaka

Poverty and disease in any one country has an impact on every other country because we are all living in an age where national borders should matter less and humanity matters more.

Simple, Safe and Effective Medication is a Right of All TB Patients
Shobha Shukla

All TB patients should have the right to consistent supplies of simple, quality assured medicines when they need them. The world desperately needs to refocus on the most basic level of TB care or we risk returning to the times before antibiotics.

Communities' Demand Can Drive Development of New TB Tools
Babs Verblackt

The current diagnostics, drugs and vaccine against TB are outdated and not efficient enough. It is essential to consider the perspectives of the decision makers at national levels who will play the leadership role in rolling out future new vaccines.

Global Community Unites Against Tobacco Industry Interference
Citizen News Service

Declaration at treaty meeting affirms priority of public health over trade. This declaration says enough is enough, we cannot get down to the business of saving lives unless Big Tobacco is directly challenged.

HIV Activists Help Push Tuberculosis Awareness
Babs Verblackt

HIV and TB are the two deadliest infectious diseases globally, yet the attention given to and the awareness for the diseases remain largely unequal.

Diabetes and TB: Do Not Neglect One at Cost of Other
Shobha Shukla

There is very good evidence which suggests that if you have diabetes, the risk of TB is twice than if you do not have it. In terms of diagnosis and treatment also, there is similarity of obstacles. We do not have simple diagnostic tests available for both these diseases.

As Treaty Meetings Open, Big Tobacco’s Bullying Looms
Citizen News Service

Success hinges on treaty financing, limiting industry interference. However, industry continues to exploit and look for openings to undo the progress of the last two years.

Big Tobacco Undermines Health Policy As Treaty Meetings Face Similar Abuse: Report
Citizen News Service

Uruguay proposes resolution calling for unity in face of tobacco industry interference. Threats to health policy include aggressive lobbying and legal intimidation, to charitable donations and even outright payoffs.

Walk Your Way To Health and Happiness
Shobha Shukla

By walking, we exercise and feed our lungs with oxygen, and make them healthier. We also reduce the risk of getting diabetes and other diseases.

The Union Advocates for Integrated Response to Diabetes on World Diabetes Day
Bobby Ramakant

“Many of these diseases are linked, such as diabetes and tuberculosis, so when you have a rapidly increasing burden of diabetes, you will also see an impact on TB control. Studies have shown that people with diabetes have a two-three times greater risk of developing tuberculosis.”

Bring Tuberculosis Out Of The Dark Into Light...
Shobha Shukla

Let all of us – women and men - join hands to fight and work together for better diagnostic, treatment and care facilities for the affected communities with a view to eradicate the scourge of TB from the face of the earth.

The Union's Approach To Child Pneumonia Cuts Deaths By More Than Half
Citizen News Service

World Pneumonia Day, held this year on Friday, 12 November, was established in 2009 by the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia to increase awareness and gain commitment to ending this waste of young lives.

Stop The Child From Turning Blue: Fight Pneumonia
Shobha Shukla

Pneumonia has been neglected for too long, perhaps because it affects children and old people more than others – who are unable to draw attention of the authorities and compel them to take appropriate action.

TB Alliance Launches First Clinical Trial of a Novel TB Drug Regimen
Shobha Shukla

There is a desperate need for better and faster acting TB treatments to address today’s growing TB pandemic, which knows no boundary, and kills nearly 2 million people each year.

Poverty Impedes Access to Existing Tuberculosis (TB) Care Services
Bobby Ramakant

Poor people are more likely to face financial barriers to access existing prevention, diagnostic, treatment and other TB-related care services.

Poverty Increases Vulnerability To Tuberculosis (TB)
Bobby Ramakant

Social and economic determinants at individual, household and community levels affect a person’s vulnerability to TB. Special situations such as massive population movements – the displacement of people and refugee flows – and living or working in particular conditions also increase the risk of a person contracting TB.

Addressing Poverty in TB Control: The Thailand Experience
Bobby Ramakant

The government of Thailand, along with other partners, has taken major steps to prevent, diagnose and treat TB, particularly among those people who are uninsured (or poor).

TB, HIV and Lung Health: From Research and Innovation to Solutions
Shobha Shukla

Despite recent progress, tuberculosis (TB) remains an important global public health problem. One-third of the world's population is currently infected with the tubercle bacillus, nearly 9 million new cases occur each year and close to 2 million of them die due to the disease.

From Fit to Fat
Shobha Shukla

Obese children and adolescents are at an increased risk for the development of early-onset type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and coronary heart disease (CHD).

Up To 1-in-5 Tuberculosis (TB) Deaths Attributed To Tobacco Use
Bobby Ramakant

2010 is Year of the Lungs. With 50% of all deaths from lung disease linked to tobacco use, control of the tobacco related substances was high on the agenda of the 39th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Paris, France.

Badaun Shows Way for Scrapping Inhuman Manual Scavenging Practice
Kulsum Mustafa

"Proper and sustained sanitation drives will surely help in eradication of many killer diseases, including diarrhea, typhoid, jaundice and most importantly, polio," says W.A.S.H. specialist, Mr. Amit Mehrotra.

Steady Progress Made Towards Treating TB in Timor-Leste
Citizen News Service

"Timor-Leste is on track to meeting the MDG goal of halving the number of TB cases in the country by 2015. However, this disease still poses a heavy burden in our country," says Dr. Nelson Martins, Minister of Health.

Comic Book Explains TB Vaccine Clinical Trial
Babs Verblackt

Finding participants for clinical trials is one of the challenges in the development of new vaccines against tuberculosis (TB). The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) recently launched a new means to reach out to communities where trials take place: a comic book.

Clinical Trial Capacity Remains Challenge for TB Vaccine Development
Babs Verblackt

While the current TB vaccine candidates have shown promising early-stage results on safety and immunogenicity in studies conducted at well-established world class TB vaccine research sites, further tests are required and additional clinical trial sites will be needed to meet the demand.

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