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Statistics Depicting Prevailing Scenario

Issues at stake in the Health sector

A Way Forward

Research Resources


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

BANGLADESH: AIDS 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.

HEART DISEASE: Coconut 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.

PAKISTAN: Polio 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?

Statistics depicting prevailing scenario

Tuberculosis in South Asia, World Bank

Reaching children with immunization in South Asia, World Bank

The road to better health conditions in Bangladesh, World Bank

Raising a healthier population in Pakistan, World Bank

Health sector development and disease control in India, World Bank

Sri Lanka's Health Sector: Achievements and challenges, World Bank

Reconstruction of the Afghanistan's Health sector, WHO

A introduction to Health in Nepal, Nepalnet

Country Health profile- Maldives

Reforming Bhutan's health sector, ADB


Issues at stake in the Health sector

India's deteriorating health care system, BBC

Afghanistan among worst places for pregnant women, new UNICEF/US survey shows, UN News Center

A review of human resource issues in the health sector [general brief relevant to South Asia].

Ethical issues related to new developments in health sector, WHO

Occupational health and safety in Pakistan, Asian Labor Update.

The SAP experience in Pakistan, IHSD

Impact evaluation study of Bank assistance in the health and population sector in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Asian Development Bank

Unit cost analysis of private and public health facilities in Sri Lanka

Taking stock of Bangladesh's health sector, World Bank


A way Forward

Health sector reform initiatives in Sri Lanka

Health sector Reforms,

A preliminary assessment of Sri Lanka's heath sector and steps forward

Health authorities must deal with unfinished agenda, [Nepal]

Health sector reforms [general]


Research resources

a]. Eldis health policy resource guide

b]. PHR Plus [ a major resource for applied research]

c]. Policy research working paper, World Bank



Urgent 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.

Obesity 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 health.

Health summit drives at road safety, Nature Science Update, Uk, May 25, 2004
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.

Asian 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 region.

Poultry 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.

Sri 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.

Community programs for AIDS prevention, Daily News, Colombo, February 11, 2004
The Health Ministry to launch 50 programs to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, under a World Bank sponsored initiative.

Call 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 pigs."

More 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.

Chicken 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.

Mystery 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.


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