Wake up call on asthma in children: New data must drive well-coordinated action!

Dr Steve Graham
(Photo credit: CNS: citizen-news.org)
If we listen to asthma experts and look at evidence, one reality becomes starkly clear: we have neglected asthma in children for far too long! "I think we have 'gone to sleep a bit' on asthma in resource-limited settings. The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and partners had done studies on asthma (called ISAAC studies), but  there is nothing really ever been done since" said Dr Steve Graham, Professor, Department of International Child Health, University of Melbourne, and senior child health consultant at the The Union.

TB-Diabetes is a formidable challenge in Asia Pacific

Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
TB is the top infectious disease killer that infected 9 million people, killing 1.5 million of them, in 2013. The Asia Pacific region carries 56% of this global TB burden, accounting for 5 million TB cases, and more than half a million TB related deaths in 2013. According to the Diabetes Atlas 2014, diabetes affects 387 million people worldwide out of which 213 million are in the Asia Pacific region. in 2014, diabetes killed 4.9 million people worldwide out of which 3 million (60%) were in the Asia Pacific Region.

Ignoring basic TB control fuels drug-resistance: Call for shorter, effective therapies!

Dr Mario Raviglione, WHO
Drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) besides being a brewing public health emergency, is also a sordid reminder of what happens when most effective drugs, become ineffective - and - alarming number of people die of diseases which were much simpler to prevent, treat and cure in the past. "480,000 people developed multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in 2013, with 210,000 associated deaths. India, China, Russia, Pakistan and Ukraine have 60% of all MDR-TB cases in the world. Former USSR countries have highest percentage of new TB cases with MDR-TB" said Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Global TB Programme, who was speaking at the 5th Asia Pacific Region Conference on Lung Health in Sydney, Australia.

[Focus] Fighting TB and diabetes in the Pacific Islands

Pacific approach to deal with the dual burden of TB-diabetes

Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
Dr Richard Brostrom
[CNS video] Many of the 22 countries that comprise the Pacific Islands region have very high rates of type-2 diabetes (upto 37% prevalence in adults) and high rates of TB as well (upto 343 cases per 100000). In fact 7 of the world’s top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of diabetes are in the Pacific Islands region: Tokelau, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Cook island, Nauru, Micronesia and Kiribati. Similarly, some countries also have very high TB rates. It is no wonder then that the problem of TB-diabetes co-morbidity afflicts this region as well.

[Focus] Fight against TB gains momentum in Viet Nam

[Focus] Why TB-Diabetes & TB-HIV collaborative activities are important?

Fight against TB gains momentum in Viet Nam: "Today's best can be made better tomorrow"

[CNS video] Viet Nam is not only a high burden country for tuberculosis (TB) but also for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) as well as HIV. Despite challenges, Viet Nam has made significant progress in fighting TB country-wide. For instance, the treatment success rate for MDR-TB hovers around 48% for most of the world, but Viet Nam is among the five countries where treatment success rate for MDR-TB has touched 70%. Despite progress, formidable challenges remain.

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