15 08, 2014

Business as usual should be replaced by Innovative Approaches for Sustainable Development


By Ms. Fahmida Iqbal Khan, Community Mobilization and Networking Advisor, UNAIDS Country Office for Pakistan & Afghanistan Today when am penning down this article, it gives me panic attacks that we are left with only 1.53 years to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Government of Pakistan has adopted 16 targets and 41 indicators. Time series [...]

15 08, 2014

Deaths from HIV/AIDS escalate; progress in TB and malaria – Study


Over 2,400 deaths from HIV/AIDS last year; mortality rates from TB and malaria declined since 2000 HIV/AIDS is claiming more lives in Pakistan than ever, according to a new, first-of-its-kind analysis of trend data from 188 countries. Mortality rates from HIV/AIDS increased 11 per cent annually from 2000 to 2013, while declines in death rates [...]

15 07, 2014

WHO develops an Action Framework for TB elimination in low-incidence countries


World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Health hosted a global consultation on the elimination of tuberculosis (TB) in low-incidence countries aimed at adapting the recently adopted global strategy and targets for TB prevention, care and control after 2015 to the specific context and challenges of low-incidence countries. [...]

15 04, 2014

Tuberculosis – A re-emerging disease and the observance of World TB Day


Dr. Muhammad Najeeb Durrani, Epidemiologist, District Surveillance Coordinator, District TB Coordinator (DTC), In-charge Dengue Fever Surveillance Cell, Islamabad Although the Government of Pakistan’s National TB Control Program through its TB DOTS strategy has revolutionized the TB treatment in the country and brought down the incidence and the prevalence of disease thereby improving the treatment indicators; [...]

15 04, 2014

National Seminar with Stakeholders on World TB Day


To commemorate World TB Day 2014, National TB Control Program Islamabad organized a National Seminar with Stakeholders at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad. TB patients, their families, health care/service providers, volunteers from Pakistan Girls Guide Association & Pakistan Boy Scouts, local community elders/members, representatives of donor agencies, INGOs, NGOs and officials [...]

15 11, 2013

Re-Emergence of Avian influenza A(H7N9) virus: Another Pandemic Threat


Dr. Muhammad Najeeb Durrani, Epidemiologist, District Surveillance Coordinator, District TB Coordinator (DTC), In-charge Dengue Fever Surveillance Cell, Member Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) Health Department ICT, Islamabad After 2004 when Influenza appeared at global horizon it was initially localized in the migratory birds and appeared as H5N1 called the Avian Influenza later it [...]

15 10, 2013

First-ever targeted roadmap outlines steps to end childhood TB deaths


The deaths of more than 74 000 children from Tuberculosis (TB) could be prevented each year through measures outlined in the first ever action plan developed specifically on TB and children. The Roadmap for Childhood TB: Toward Zero Deaths, launched by global TB leaders in Washington D.C., estimates that US$120 million per year could have a [...]

15 10, 2013

Tuberculosis gains at risk due to millions of missed patients, drug resistance


Progress in TB control can be substantially accelerated by addressing these challenges Tuberculosis (TB) treatment has saved the lives of more than 22 million people, according to the WHO "Global tuberculosis report 2013" published today. The report also reveals that the number of people ill with TB fell in 2012 to 8.6 million, with global [...]