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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

Life & Health

A new formulation of life-saving medicines on the anvil for children living with HIV

An easy to consume, heat-stable, fixed-dose combination of four antiretrovirals (ARVs) developed for HIV infected infants and young children between 3 and 25 kg bodyweight is currently under review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If approved by the FDA, this all-in-one ARV regimen, consisting of 4 ARV medicines (lopinavir, ritonavir, abacavir and lamivudine), could prove to be a game-changer for millions of HIV infected infants and young children around the world, especially in low and middle income countries.

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We cannot end AIDS without combating antimicrobial resistance

With just 133 months left to end AIDS, this year's World AIDS Day underlines the urgency to step up the fight against the epidemic. Despite unprecedented progress made in scaling up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, we are not yet on track to end AIDS by 2030. One of the major threats lurking to reverse these gains made in combating AIDS is antimicrobial resistance .

Dr Haileyesus Getahun, WHO
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TB preventive therapy saves lives: Why is the roll-out so poor?

When tuberculosis (TB) is preventable and curable, is it not shocking that it still remains the biggest-killer-infectious-disease worldwide? According to the latest WHO Global TB Report 2019, 1.5 million people died of TB last year, and between 1.5 to 2 billion people are infected with latent TB. Only a very small part of this latent TB infected population will progress to active TB disease. Latent TB infection is also preventable and treatable, significantly reducing risk of progressing to active TB disease. But the grim reality is that progress on addressing latent TB pool is dismal.

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Artificial Intelligence - AI: the fragile shield of hype surrounding machine learning

The buzz word is everywhere: sometimes, it sounds scary, because we are told that jobs are going to disappear to robots in the near future and the latter are about to take over us; at the other extreme, according to die-hard optimists, our lives are going to change beyond recognition, thanks to the involvement of the artificial intelligence - AI – in decision making processes.

Artificial Intelligence - AI: the fragile shield of hype surrounding machine learning
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133 months left to make U=U a reality for every person living with HIV

93 countries committed to deliver on the promises enshrined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of which is to end AIDS by 2030. Target to end AIDS by 2030 is also enlisted in India's National Health Policy (NHP 2017).

133 months left to make U=U a reality for every person living with HIV
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Call for stronger action to end TB & tobacco, and prevent NCDs in Telangana

Several eminent doctors and public health experts delivered a memorandum to Governor of Telangana earlier this month, calling for stronger action to accelerate progress towards eliminating tuberculosis (TB) and tobaccco use, as well as in preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Telangana Governor who herself is a medical doctor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan received the delegation on the last day of 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad, India.

 Health experts meet Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan
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TB prevention is no longer a choice, but essential part of end TB strategy

"TB prevention is no longer a choice but an essential intervention to end TB... TB is one of the few infections that we ignore and do not treat till it manifests as late stage disease that has already [been] transmitted to several others.

TB prevention is no longer a choice, but essential part of end TB strategy
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Kerala's multi-layered approach to #endTB

As part of the #EndTB Dialogues series launched in lead up to the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health last month, we got an opportunity for exclusive interview with Dr M Sunil Kumar, State Tuberculosis Officer, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Kerala, and Dr Shibu Balakrishnan, World Health Organization (WHO) consultant with the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) in Kerala.

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Cost of inaction to prevent and treat TB is (very) high

Prevention of TB was the focus of many a sessions at the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad, India, on the theme of 'Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action.' This conference comes one year after the first ever United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on TB.

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Ground zero: Frontline champions lead the fight to #endTB as global meet opens in India

It was indeed a humbling experience for me to interact with a few frontline healthcare workers who are courageously fighting the #endTB battle on the ground in Hyderabad, India (the venue for the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health). My day began with meeting G Swamy Reddy, project officer at Lepra Society in Hyderabad. He has been involved with leprosy and more recently TB care and control activities of Lepra since 1989.

Ground zero: Frontline champions lead the fight to #endTB as global meet opens in India
Ground zero: Frontline champions lead the fight to #endTB as global meet opens in India
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