15 03, 2019

‘Pedal for Health’ awareness initiative launched


Ministry of National Health Services launched launched an Awareness Initiative ‘Pedal for Health’ at Liaquat Gymnasium in Islamabad aimed at prevention of non-communicable diseases. Federal Minister for National Health Services, Aamer Mehmood Kiani launched the Initiative which would be run under the Ministry of Health, by pedaling a cycle. Sharing his views on the occasion, he [...]

15 01, 2016

‘Health in 2015’ launched – from MDGs to SDGs


World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a new comprehensive analysis of global health trends since 2000 and an assessment of the challenges for the next 15 years. The "Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs" identifies the key drivers of progress in health under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It lays out actions that [...]

15 01, 2016

Clinical utility of Exemestane in the treatment of breast cancer


Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women, causing a significant mortality worldwide. Different endocrine strategies are available for the treatment of hormone-sensitive breast cancer, including anti estrogen tamoxifen and fulvestrant, as well as third-generation aromatase inhibitors (AIs), such as letrozole, anastrozole, and exemestane. In this review, we will focus on exemestane, its clinical [...]

15 09, 2014

Child mortality rates falling faster than ever – UN


New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013. The average annual reduction has accelerated – in some countries it has even tripled – but overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under-five mortality by [...]

15 11, 2013

Pneumonia kills one child every 30 seconds


Pneumonia, a killer disease is the biggest cause of child mortality around the globe, killing a child every 30 seconds. It contributes 18% of the total global child deaths and Pakistan is the first South Asian country to include Pneumococcal vaccine in its national immunisation programme, Dr Iqbal Memon, President Pakistan Paediatric Association and Dr. [...]

15 09, 2013

Global child deaths down by almost half since 1990


In 2012, approximately 6.6 million children worldwide – 18 000 children per day – died before reaching their fifth birthday, according to a new report released today by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank Group and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Population Division. This is roughly half the number of under-fives who died [...]

15 06, 2012

Global leaders, health experts promote new plan to reduce child mortality


Top Officials from 80 Nations and a broad coalition of Public and Private Health Groups are calling for intensified global efforts to curb the number of children under five dying from preventable diseases. Public Health Officials say that the ambitious new strategy aims to reduce child mortality from 7.6 million to one million annually within [...]

15 05, 2012

Government exhorted to enhance spending on health


The Pakistan Medical Association in collaboration with the Women’s Action Forum, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Pakistan Reproductive Health Network, Aurat Foundation, People’s Health Movement and Shirkat Gah organised a dialogue on “Health of People: Political Parties & Sindh Elections 2013” at a local hotel in Karachi.   The main purpose behind the dialogue was [...]

15 01, 2012

Revisiting Immunization Program in Pakistan


Speakers at a Consultation Meeting on “Poverty and Social impact of Expanded Program for Immunization in Pakistan” has said that Immunization is most cost effective health intervention against  preventable diseases affecting the poor sections of society. They called for a comprehensive inquiry in to exploring linkages between health and poverty relationship and also the factors that [...]

15 01, 2012

Protection of Children from Diseases Stressed


Pediatricians at a Conference emphasized on improving nutritional health of children under the age of 5 to prevent them from infections disease leading to morbidity and mortality. The two-day 4th Annual Pediatric Infectious Diseases Conference organized by Infectious Diseases Group, Pakistan Pediatric Association (IDG-PPA) in collaboration with PPA Sindh Branch held recently from January 7 [...]

15 12, 2011

Malaria deaths are down but progress remains fragile


Malaria mortality rates have fallen by more than 25% globally since 2000, and by 33% in the WHO African Region, according to the World malaria report 2011, issued today by WHO. This is the result of a significant scaling-up of malaria prevention and control measures in the last decade, including the widespread use of bed [...]

15 12, 2011

Pakistan to introduce Pneumococcal vaccines


Pneumonia was one of the biggest causes of childhood mortality world-wide. Globally, pneumonia is responsible for 4,300 children deaths every day or one in every 20 seconds, while in Pakistan over 80,000 children die each year. Around 80,000 to 100,000 children die every year in Pakistan due to pneumonia, a disease that can be prevented [...]

15 09, 2011

Oxford Study: Vitamin A supplements could save the lives of 600,000 infants a year


An international study suggests that giving vitamin A supplements to children in low and middle income countries could significantly cut rates of mortality, illnesses and blindness amongst those below the age of five. Researchers from the University of Oxford and Pakistan’s Aga Khan University have shown that vitamin A supplements reduce mortality amongst children from [...]

15 08, 2011

Health Education at individual and collective level creates awareness for prevention of diseases – Dr. Khalid Mahmood


Dr. Khalid Mahmood A. Khan is a well known Paediatrician working as an Associate Professor of Paediatrics, National Institute of Child Health (NICH) Karachi. He was recently interviewed by Muhammad Fareed, Publisher & Managing Editor, Medical Review. Following are the excerpts of the Interview. Q – Please tell us something about yourself? Ans [...]