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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2059

Life & Health

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.

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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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World No Tobacco Day - 31 May 2017

Nearly one billion people in the world smoke everyday and about 80 percent of them are in low and middle income countries. Over six million people die from tobacco use every year and the majority of them are in their most productive years (30-69 years of age). Therefore tobacco is extraordinarily dangerous to human health and highly damaging to national economies.

World No Tobacco Day - 31 May 2017
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Bringing TB out of the shadows

So said Jose Luis Castro, Executive Director of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union). TB related stigma and discrimination still lurks in our communities and blocks access to existing care services. Jose shared several examples where TB patients felt isolated, frustrated and cornered enough to resort to extreme acts of desperation like suicide.

Bringing TB out of the shadows
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Keeping workforce healthy is also a smart business strategy

Later this month, health ministers of our governments will convene for World Health Assembly (WHA) to shape the agenda of the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as elect its new leader as Dr Margaret Chan's tenure as WHO Director-General comes to an end. During Dr Chan's leadership of WHO, adoption of the WHO End TB Strategy in WHA 2014 and world leaders coming together to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at UN General Assembly 2016, are among the key milestone moments.

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Australia Win Landmark Trade Case on Tobacco Plain Packaging

A landmark Australian law on restrictive tobacco packaging has been upheld at the World Trade Organization (WTO) after a five-year legal battle. Thus it is decided that Australia's pioneering law requiring plain packaging for tobacco products does not violate international trade and intellectual property agreements.

Australia  Win Landmark Trade Case on Tobacco Plain Packaging
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