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Ancient language in India goes extinct
Feb 05, 2010 Bo one of the world’s oldest languages, has come to an end with the death of Boa Sr, the last speaker of this language, among the Great Andamanese tribes. While Andaman Islands are believed to be an anthropologists dream, little is being done to preserve their heritage, says an expert.
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Nepal's claim over leprosy eradication challenged
Feb 24, 2010 Aid workers in Nepal fear that a recent official declaration regarding the elimination of leprosy could encourage complacency. It would not only impact the flow of aid for leprosy programmes but also result in confusion since the Terai region still remains disabled by the disease.
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As flood water recedes, risk of epidemic looms
Jun 03, 2010 According to the health officials working in Sri Lanka, the risk of epidemics has increased substantially for nearly 13,000 flood displaced people living in temporary camps. An outbreak of infectious and water-borne diseases is likely in the coming days as water levels start receding in the Gampaha and Kalutara districts.
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Sri Lanka prepares to protect citizens from dengue
Jun 09, 2010 Days after flood water receded from Lankan capital Colombo, the city is now facing cases of dengue including nine deaths. According to WHO, which is working closely with the health authorities in managing the disease, the removal of mosquito breeding sites would be the most important step in mitigating the risk.
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Cyclone Aila hit areas fear disease outbreak
Jun 01, 2009 Fear of epidemic looms large across Bangladesh and India’s eastern coast after Cyclone Aila slammed the region last week. According to international NGO ActionAid, inundation and waterlogging in affected areas pose serious risk to the health of survivors living in cramped shelters.
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The (no) lesser burden of TB
Apr 14, 2011 Tuberculosis in children needs as much attention as in adults, says research coordinator Soumya Swaminathan. Poor diagnosis of TB, often a cause of other childhood infection, makes the disease a fatal one in many cases.
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Disease threat looms over flood affected Nepal
Aug 28, 2014 Health officials in the country are now worried about the threat of waterborne diseases as sewage mixes with flood waters.
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Drought in Sri Lanka may lead to spurt in kidney disease cases: experts
Aug 29, 2012 Soaring temperatures in Sri Lanka’s dry zone in the northeastern parts of the country are likely to heighten the risk of chronic kidney disease as residents increasingly consume poor quality drinking water, experts warned.
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Pakistan: Almost all dengue cases this year reported in Karachi, WHO told
Aug 29, 2012 Representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO) attending a meeting presided over by Health Secretary Aftab Khatri here on Tuesday were informed that all but one of the total 157 dengue cases reported this year from various parts of Sindh province belonged to Karachi.
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Much remains to be done on affordable healthcare: Indian PM
Jul 04, 2012 Seven years after it was launched, India's National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) is set to extend by another five years. Besides, the government now proposes to launch a new National Urban Health Mission in order to focus on the health challenges in India’s towns and cities.
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Sri Lanka faces one of the biggest Dengue outbreaks
Jul 05, 2012 The Sri Lankan government is grappling with a mass outbreak of dengue, one of the highest in the last few years. Since the last 6 months of 2012; 12,336 suspected dengue cases and 75 deaths have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island.
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Bad laws stifling the global AIDS response: report
Jul 10, 2012 According to a report by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, an independent body of global leaders and experts, punitive laws and human rights abuses are costing lives, wasting money and stifling the global AIDS response. The commission has also called for laws that protect human rights to save lives, save money and end the epidemic.
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India: Encephalitis claims 2 more lives, toll 159
Aug 07, 2012 Two more children have succumbed to encephalitis in the North-Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This takes the death toll due to the disease in the state to 159 this year.
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Immunisation push results in polio free India
Jan 03, 2012 Extensive vaccination drives and support from initially hostile Muslim clerics have helped to eradicate polio even from the worst affected city in India's eastern state of Uttar Pradesh.
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Going back to primary health care
Oct 18, 2008 Primary Health Care – Now More Than Ever, the latest report by WHO documents that health systems worldwide suffer from striking inequities in access to care and cost of service delivery. The report recommends a return to primary healthcare model which is people-centred, affordable and efficient.
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A life saver for children
Feb 04, 2009 A joint publication of UNICEF and other UN organisations, Facts for Life aims to provide parents and other caregivers with life-saving information on children. One of the most popular books, this republished edition also provides facts on protection of women during pregnancy and childbirth.
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Afghanistan to be polio-free in two years: WHO
Nov 19, 2009 WHO is targeting to eradicate polio from Afghanistan within next two years. Much of it will depend on how smoothly the agency is able to carry out its six-round immunisation drive.
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Bhopal children paying terrible price of the disaster
Dec 21, 2009 When Bhopal gas tragedy happened 25 years ago, a photograph of an unnamed child looking out with an unrelenting gaze from a grave symbolised the human cost of the world's worst industrial calamity. Today, another generation of children, continue to bear the footprint, writes Pamela Philipose.
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Highlighting health crisis in South Asia
Mar 11, 2011 World Bank's report South Asia at Health Crossroads with High Rates of Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Obesity reveals that South Asian countries, particularly India, are facing a “health crisis” with a rise in non communicable diseases (NCDs). It also lays down guidelines to effectively manage non-communicable diseases and improving health systems.
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UN report on global HIV/AIDS status
Apr 05, 2011 The report Uniting for universal access: Towards zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths released by United Nations Secretary-General reveals that the rate of new HIV infections is declining globally over the past decade. However, the report underscores that the gains are fragile and insufficient and provides recommendations to strengthen fight against the disease.
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Cancer treatment on-air in India
Jun 18, 2009 Need to connect regional cancer centres to remote areas has led a prominent health institution in India to provide expert cancer care on-air. With user-friendly equipment and instantaneous service, the telemedicine network is delivering faster and quality treatment to patients.
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Diarrhoea a major killer in South Asia
Dec 03, 2008 Diarrhoea continues to claim maximum deaths in South Asia but has often been relegated to the background at the highest policy level. The recently concluded South Asian Conference on Sanitation noted that observing hand-washing and eliminating open defecation can reduce the numbers sharply.
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Global measles deaths fall by 74%
Dec 05, 2008 The Eastern Mediterranean region, including Pakistan and Afghanistan, have achieved their measles goal three years early due to improved immunisation, notes WHO. Meanwhile South-East Asia experienced only a 42% decline in measles deaths due to delayed vaccination campaigns in India.
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AIDS spread could be halted within years, says Nobel laureate
Dec 08, 2008 Eradication of AIDS infection in a few years is quite possible feels Luc Montagnier, one of this year’s Noble prize winners for medicine. According to the French scientist, research has been going on to develop a therapeutic vaccine which could control the spread of the killer disease.
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New vaccine to combat pneumonia deaths in Pakistan
Jan 16, 2009 Pneumonia is responsible for large number of deaths among under-five children in Pakistan. The government is hopeful that the introduction of a new vaccine will help reduce the rate of infection and fatalities.
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Emergency action as bird flu hits Nepal
Jan 20, 2009 Thousands of birds have been culled after Nepal confirmed its first case of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu. The government has declared Mechinagar, bordering India, an 'emergency region' and has urged for international assistance to tackle the spread of the disease.
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Well-crafted policies help in coping with climate change
Jan 21, 2009 A new study finds that adapting to climate change could be positively influenced by well-designed and carefully implemented developmental policies. Taking malaria incidence in India as a case study, researchers explain that projects and activities can enhance communities’ resilience and lower health impacts, if managed effectively.
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Film exposes the myth of 'green revolution' in India
Jan 23, 2009 An award-winning documentary film investigates overuse of pest control chemicals and their deadly impact in Punjab, a prosperous state in north India. A very high incidence of ‘brainless children’ and prevalence of cancer is being attributed to the presence of pesticides in vegetables.
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World Cancer Day to promote healthy lifestyle
Feb 04, 2009 Cancer threat looms large in India with thousands of new cases reported every year. As part of the efforts to improve awareness on prevention and care, this year’s campaign on World Cancer Day calls to provide an environment where children eat healthy and are physically active.
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No donor support for tackling poor man's diseases
Feb 17, 2009 Diseases that are seen as “ancient companion of poverty” remain neglected when it comes to global funding. Pneumonia, buruli ulcer, yaws, cholera and leishmaniases alone afflict more than a billion people every year and yet they receive scant attention from donors.
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