TOP TEN UNDERREPORTED HUMANITARIAN STORIES OF 2006 (Sarid) - Though millions of people worldwide are severely affected by warfare, they are almost completely invisible in the global media. For instance, the ten countries and issues discussed in the MSF report took up only 7.2 minutes of the 14, 512 minutes of the 241.87 hours devoted to nightly news by the three major television networks in the United States (US). The volatile situation in Haiti ... Full Article
ASIA'S DECLINING FERTILITY (Sarid) - The good news is that Asia’s fertility rate has declined over the past three decades. The implications are profound for as this decrease can result in population ageing,labor force shortages, increased elderly dependency ratios and feminization of the aged population. Population specialists from 14 Asian nations gathered in Bangkok to discuss the latest challenges and issues posed by the phenomenon ... Full Article
NEPAL: UNESCO LAUNCHES A NEW EDUCATION KIT TO COMBAT HIV/AIDS (Sarid) - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization today launched an awareness and prevention kit aimed at halting the spread of HIV/AIDS in Nepal, particularly among the younger people, under the age of 40. As this South Asian county is presently experiencing the fastest rate of new HIV infections, there are almost 100,000 people in living with the HIV virus that causes AIDS ... Full Article
SOUTH ASIA's SANITATION COVERAGE STILL ALARMING (Sarid) - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) argues that despite the progress that has been made on both the water and sanitation front, sanitation coverage in South Asia is still among the lowest in the world, at 37 per cent, about the same as that in sub-Saharan Africa. The situation is of particular concern for the region’s children, as under-five mortality in South Asia is still alarming ... Full Article
STUDY SAYS SOUTH ASIANS AT GREATER HEART RISK (Sarid) - According to a study published this week in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), people who are native to South Asia experience heart attacks at a younger age because of greater levels of heart attack risk factors such as smoking and diabetes. Deaths related to cardiovascular disease occur 5 to 10 years earlier in South Asian countries than in Western countries ... Full Article
YOUTH DIABETES IN ASIA MAJOR HEALTH BURDEN (Sarid) - New research shows that the incidence of type 2 diabetes is increasing in Asia more than in other regions, with people acquiring the disease at younger ages, and with more complications that result in premature death. The Lancet shows that rapid economic development has contributed to the increase and calls for public-health approaches aimed at lifestyle changes to manage the epidemic ... Full Article
A CUT IN TIME? CIRCUMCISION & HIV INFECTION (Sarid) - The excitement generated by new African data showing that circumcision can halve the rate of HIV infection in heterosexual men unfortunately trumped the UN’s more cautious response. While the report confirms other studies and support what doctors and campaigners have suspected and hoped for several years, it is not the whole picture and does not explain the paradox of AIDS in the USA ... Full Article
Awareness, Daily Star, November 30, 2004
Bangladesh Aids Prevention Society (BAPS),
a non-government organisation, will launch a campaign to create
awareness among the people about Aids.
Oil as Weapon, The Island, November 29, 2004
Scientists have recently discovered a new
weapon against coronary heart disease (CHD): Ordinary coconut oil.
Eating coconut oil and coconut products on a regular basis can reduce
your chances of getting a heart attack.
target not in sight, Dawn, Karachi, November 29, 2004
In the past 10 years considerable progress
towards the eradication of polio has been made, but will there be
a polio-free Pakistan by 2005?
depicting prevailing scenario
in South Asia, World Bank
children with immunization in South Asia, World Bank
road to better health conditions in Bangladesh, World Bank
a healthier population in Pakistan, World Bank
sector development and disease control in India, World Bank
Health Sector: Achievements and challenges, World Bank
of the Afghanistan's Health
introduction to Health in Nepal,
Health profile- Maldives
Bhutan's health sector,
at stake in the Health sector
deteriorating health care system, BBC
among worst places for pregnant women, new UNICEF/US survey shows,
UN News Center
review of human resource issues in the health sector [general brief relevant to South Asia].
issues related to new developments in health sector, WHO
health and safety in Pakistan, Asian Labor Update.
SAP experience in Pakistan,
evaluation study of Bank assistance in the health and population
sector in Bangladesh and
Pakistan, Asian Development Bank
cost analysis of private and public health facilities in Sri
stock of Bangladesh's health
sector, World Bank
sector reform initiatives in Sri Lanka
preliminary assessment of Sri Lanka's
heath sector and steps forward
authorities must deal with unfinished agenda, [Nepal]
sector reforms [general]
health policy resource guide
b]. PHR Plus
[ a major resource for applied
research working paper, World Bank
Action on AIDS Needed to Save Lives and Environment, July 2004
Developing countries struggling to combat the growing AIDS crisis
need international help to address a critical shortage of qualified
health care workers, according to a study released by the Institute
of Medicine of the National Academies.
fight targets town plans, Nature Science Update, UK, June 04, 2004
The suburban mansion and sport-utility vehicle(SUV) may fulfil the
American dream, they say, but it is taking an unforeseen toll on
summit drives at road safety, Nature Science Update, Uk, May 25,
Nearly 1.2 million people died in 2002 from road accidents, the
vast majority of them in developing countries. As such countries
become increasingly motorized, road accidents are expected to climb
and, by 2020, rank third in WHO's Global Burden of Disease, above
HIV, malaria and tuberculosis.
governments warned, The Guardian, UK, February 13, 2004
Health authorities today told Asian governments not to become complacent
in the battle to control the bird flu virus sweeping across the
industry in crisis, Daily Star, Dhaka, February 11, 2004
Though there is no avian flu in Bangladesh, the public has curtailed
its consumption of chickens, resulting in a crisis in the industry.
Lanka: Making a physician, Daily News, Colombo, February 11, 2004
If doctors are unable to realize how we are perceived, then we cannot
address the concerns and interests of the society we serve.
programs for AIDS prevention, Daily News, Colombo, February 11,
The Health Ministry to launch 50 programs to prevent the spread
of HIV/AIDS, under a World Bank sponsored initiative.
to halt "Unethical" drug trials in India, OneWorld South
Asia, February 09, 2004
Women activists in India are campaigning against the rising incidence
of "unethical" clinical trials by international pharmaceuticalcompanies
here, alleging that they are using "poor Indians as guinea
than a bjasha maru dilemma, Kuensel, Thimpu, February 07, 2004
growing concerns over the potentially fatal avian influenza - bird
flu - has started affecting tourist bookings into Bhutan.
run, Dawn, Karachi, February 05, 2004
As the bird flu spreads all over Asia, is it time for us to say
goodbye to the chicken tikka? Bina Shah reports.
disease, Daily Star, Dhaka, January 28, 2004
After SARS it is the Asian bird flu that has set off alarm bell
to health authorities in Asia. Now a mystery disease has taken a
toll of 19 people, mostly children, in Rajbari, Manikganj and Tangail.
The challenge must be met squarely.