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CURRENT AFFAIRS - HEALTH India signs WHO's Call to end TB | 20-Mar-2017 12:02

India among other countries in the South East Asian Region, which bear half of the global tuberculosis burden, today signed a 'call for action' and pledged to scale up measures to end the disease by 2030.

It was signed by Health ministers from countries in WHO South-East Asia Region (WHO SEARO) during two-day ministerial meeting towards ending TB in the region held in New Delhi. 

One of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, tuberculosis (TB) clocks up approximately 2.8 million cases and nearly half a million deaths on an annual basis in India.TB is an infectious, airborne disease mainly affecting the lungs and is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

 

US Scientists develop first blood test for autism | 20-Mar-2017 10:13

In a first, scientists from United States have discovered a way to accurately predict whether a child has autism spectrum disorder by analysing a blood sample, an advance that opens the door to earlier diagnosis and potential future development of therapeutics.

 

Global fund to help solve India’s HIV drug crisis | 10-Mar-2017 11:19

Global fund to help solve India’s HIV drug crisis

 After running out of the child-friendly HIV syrup  Lopinavir, India is likely to procure the drug from a rapid supply facility routed through the Global Fund.

The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.

India has a cohort of over 600 children who require 36,000 bottles of Lopinavir syrup annually. Stocks of Lopinavir syrup — a child friendly HIV drug — ran out after Cipla, the sole manufacturer of the drug, stopped manufacturing it over the issue of non-payment from the Health Ministry.