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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1945

Life & Health

Sri Lankan Children With Thalassemia Treated Through Unrelated Donor BMT

Narayana Health City treats four Sri Lankan children suffering from thalassemia major, a life-threatening disorder, through unrelated donor bone marrow transplant.

Sitting left to right - 15 Months old baby girl- Nethumi Shenaya Rajapaksha Bomaluwe, 4 year old baby girl -Suwini Umeda Shreemali Balasooriya, 5 year old boy Purna along with their parents
From left to right - 15 Months old baby girl- Nethumi Shenaya Rajapaksha Bomaluwe along with her mother, Dr. Sunil Bhat, Senior Consultant and Head of Paediatric Haematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant at Narayana Health City, along with 4 year old baby girl -Suwini Umeda Shreemali Balasooriya, 5 year old boy Purna, mother and grandmother of the children and Dr. Shobha Badiger, Consultant  Paediatric Haematology and Oncologist, Narayana Health City
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Chinese Hospital Ship in Colombo

Making a goodwill visit 'Hepingfangzhou', the Hospital Ship of the People's Liberation Army Navy of China arrived to the country today (06th Sunday, August), states navy media. The ship was accorded a traditional naval welcome by the Sri Lanka Navy upon its arrival at the Port of Colombo.

Chinese Hospital Ship in Colombo
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Swiss supermarkets stop selling imported eggs

Supermarket chains Aldi Switzerland, Migros and Coop are withdrawing all imported eggs from sale at their stores as a precaution, as a scare over possible insecticide contamination spreads. Swiss eggs are not affected, officials say.

Around 180 poultry companies in the Netherlands have been temporarily closed, and some firms have culled their flock, after traces of insecticide fipronil were found in eggs in Belgium and the Netherlands last month
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Countries must fulfill their legal obligations to implement life-saving tobacco control policies - WHO

Issuing a statement, Matthew L. Meyers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Washington, DC, states that a growing number of countries are making important progress towards tobacco control, according to the latest WHO report titled Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017.

Matthew L. Meyers -  President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
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Caste inequity fuels gender injustice

It is important to recognize how gender injustices underpin the caste, class and social inequities. "I did start going to school. But as I am a Dalit (untouchable), I was made to sit away from the rest of the children. If I touched some upper caste child, even by mistake, I would be thrashed by the teachers - who were all Brahmins (upper caste). Even as a child I could feel the upper caste-Dalit divide. So, I stopped going to school. I am illiterate today because of the stigma against Dalits that still exists in our society, especially in rural areas. Later in life too, when I sought to work to make ends meet, my caste came in my way. Being a Dalit, nobody was ready to employ me as a domestic help. I was fit only for the job of a sweeper", shared Geeta (35 years).

Caste inequity fuels gender injustice
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Domestic violence survivor faced challenges headlong and reclaimed her power back

“Earlier my husband would taunt me for not conceiving and said that I was barren. Then he became angry when I gave birth to a daughter. He warned me that if I ever produced a girl again, he would kill me. My in-laws would instigate him and he would thrash me. Father and son both used very abusive language and had no respect for women. The whole family is evil. When the roots are weak, how can the tree be healthy?” said Devanta.

Domestic violence survivor faced challenges headlong and reclaimed her power back
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Communicate with each other to beat the non-communicable diseases

According to the Global Status Report on NCDs, India shares more than two-thirds of the total death burden due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the southeast Asia region of the World Health Organization. Around 5.87 million (58.7 lakh) deaths, which is 60% of all deaths in India, are attributed to NCDs.

Communicate with each other to beat the non-communicable diseases
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Justice delayed is justice denied, says domestic violence survivor

Belia (45 years), comes from a poor Dalit (marginalised community) family of Uchiyapur village in Chitrakoot, India.

Photograph of Belia
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Spice it up with cinnamon to tackle metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur due to imbalance of the body’s structural and biochemical processes which determine its metabolic functioning. It results in disorders like insulin resistance, clustering of abdominal obesity, high blood lipids, high blood sugar and hypertension, and increased risk of clotting, predisposing individuals to diabetes, stroke and coronary heart diseases.

Spice it up with cinnamon to tackle metabolic syndrome
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Food, nay tobacco, for thought

The curtain is finally down on the World No Tobacco Day 2017 and we are back to business as usual. There was a flurry of activities in my city, and elsewhere too, during the weeks preceding this day, reaching a crescendo on the 30th and 31st of May. Barring very few exceptions, the script of all the programmes/ discourses seemed to be taken from the same master copy.

Food, nay tobacco, for thought
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