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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2062

Life & Health

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.

Keeping workforce healthy is also a smart business strategy
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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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How will we avert asthma deaths without definitive diagnostics and universal access to effective treatment?

Our governments have committed to reduce premature deaths due to non-communicable diseases (including asthma) by one-third by 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). The National Health Policy 2017 of India also promises to "reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory diseases by 25% by 2025".

How will we avert asthma deaths without definitive diagnostics and universal access to effective treatment?
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May sanity prevail!

Our country is facing a critical situation now with the spread of the suspected H1N1 flu virus or known as swine flu.

May sanity prevail!
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Inter-sectoral and well-coordinated battle to #endTB is imperative to deliver on Agenda 2030

Growing political commitment of governments globally to #endTB is indeed welcoming but governments need to walk the talk too to #endTB and deliver on promises of integrated sustainable development by 2030.

Inter-sectoral and well-coordinated battle to #endTB is imperative to deliver on Agenda 2030
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North-South perspectives on Istanbul Principles and Agenda 2030 for sustainable development

The eight Istanbul Principles, adopted in 2010 by over two hundred civil society organisations (CSOs) from 82 countries, constitute a statement of common values and approaches to guide CSOs' work.

North-South perspectives on Istanbul Principles and Agenda 2030 for sustainable development
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SDGs should not be the icing on business-as-usual 'cake'

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is convening the 4th session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2017) from 29 to 31 March 2017, in Bangkok, Thailand. The APFSD is expected to define a regional roadmap to support member States' implementation of the 2030 Agenda over the next 15 years.

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The Article 16 of the FCTC is to be implemented in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is to ban sale of single cigarette and mini packs (packets less than 20 cigarettes) very soon, states the Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne
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Ending TB is going to be hard but "hard is not impossible"

Wisdom of Nelson Mandela, "It always seems impossible until it's done", has only deepened in relevance and context when we review the fight against tuberculosis (TB), a curable disease which continues to be one of the top ten causes of death globally.

Ending TB is going to be hard but "hard is not impossible"
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Emotional support is crucial for TB patients

"I can never forget that day. It is etched in my mind forever. I came back from the laboratory totally devastated and in tears. I had never ever thought even in the wildest of my dreams that a person like me could contract TB. But that was what my reports confirmed.

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