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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

  Subject: [SRIJAN] Youth and the health services!


Dear Friends,


India is now the youngest country because of youth population; billion of children are in phase of change from childhood to the adult. Youth are progressing in different fields e.g. education, technical skills, sports but the health facilities and its accessibility are still needs to take more attention. We can’t disagree with this fact that the adolescents are most vulnerable population due to their experimentation and risk taking behavior. In recent years the young people accounted for 40 percent of all new HIV infections, we have to think about the access of health facilities, HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. To insure the sustainable progress, availability of health services and its accessibility within reach is essential.



Books and Initiatives


The state of the world children 2011:adolescence an age of opportunity

Today, 1.2 billion adolescents stand at the challenging crossroads between childhood and the adult world. This ‘State of the World’s Children 2011’ report catalogues, in heart-wrenching detail, the array of dangers adolescents face: the injuries that kill 400,000 of them each year; early pregnancy and childbirth, a primary cause of death for teenage girls; the pressures that keep 70 million adolescents out of school; exploitation, violent conflict and the worst kind of abuse at the hands of adults. But the report makes clear that sustainable progress is possible.

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We can empower young people to protect themselves from HIV

In 2008, young people accounted for 40% of all new HIV infections in 15-49 year olds. Almost 3000 young people are infected with HIV each day.The UNAIDS Outcome Framework focuses on 10 priority areas, each representing a pivotal component of the AIDS response. Focused, concrete and synergistic actions in these areas have the potential to change the trajectory of the epidemic. Building on gains already made in these areas will also help to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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The World Health Report: Health System Financing: the path to universal coverage

In this report, WHO outlines how countries can modify their financing systems to move more quickly towards universal coverage and to sustain those achievements. The report synthesizes new research and lessons learnt from experience into a set of possible actions that countries at all stages of development can consider and adapt to their own needs. It suggests ways the international community can support efforts in low-income countries to achieve universal coverage.

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ASHA: book no. 5

This book will enhance the communication skills, negotiation skills and leadership qualities of ASHA and  bring out her role as an activist. This in turn will help in the success of National Rural Health Mission. Reading Material for ASHA Book No 5 has been conceptualized and developed by the collective efforts of numerous people and agencies and it may be able to serve the purpose to train the ASHA workers about different skills.



News on wire

Mrs at 12, mom at 15 in Uttar Pradesh

More than 53 per cent of the brides in Uttar Pradesh were found to be below 18 years of age at the time of marriage, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS). If you find this shocking, then here is something more: About a decade ago, the corresponding figures in UP stood at 63.9 per cent. Though a lot remains to be done to check the menace, the fact that things are changing for the better is some consolation.



In Assam, every third girl marries before 18

Every third girl in Assam gets married before reaching the legal age for marriage, 18 years. Releasing UNICEF’s ‘State of the World’s Children’ report here on Saturday, chief of the world body’s field office for Assam, Jeroo Master, said over 38 per cent girls got married before 18 years.



Meghalaya has higher female mortality than nat'l average

Ironic though it may seem, the state, where people are known by their mother's names, also records the highest number of female mortality cases. Matrilineal Meghalaya has a higher rate of female mortality compared to the national average according to statics available with the authorities concerned.
The mortality rate among women in the state is 450 per lakh against the national average of 407 deaths per lakh every year. However, infant mortality rate is relatively less in Meghalaya.



Maternal mortality rate among worst in India

NAGPUR: "It is shameful that India, one of the fastest growing economies, is amongst the five countries with worst maternal mortality rate at 250-300 per lakh. The situation is unlikely to improve unless measures are taken on a war footing. This requires a planned strategy by the union government," said the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) secretary general Dr P K Shah.  He told TOI, "though we have launched a five year exercise of creating awareness as well as providing treatment facilities to women at all levels, real change will come only with involvement of the public health sector from villages to the metros. This can happen only with political will at highest level."



State panel to check infant mortality rate

Goa may be the best place in India for a child to be born and the state is not complacent about it. It wants to retain the top position of lowest infant mortality rate in the country. For this, it has constituted a core committee to review infant mortality rate in collaboration with Indian Medical Association.
Joint Secretary (health) Dattaram Sardessai said the committee would work out specific strategies for prevention of infant deaths and reduction in morbidity. The objective is to further bring down the infant mortality.



News in Print


12 pregnant women die in Jodhpur hospital


At least 12 pregnant women died of excessive bleeding at a Government run hospital here after they were allegedly administrated contaminated IV fluids, officials said on Thursday. A probe has been launched in to the incident.

Source: The Hindu 25th Feb 2011


Free education is part of right to life: court

Providing free and compulsory education is intended to allow all children in the age group 6-14 live with dignity, which is a facet of "right to life' under Article 21 of the Constitution, the Supreme Court said on Thursday. A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia and Justices K.S.Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar was, hearing arguments on petitions challenging the validity of the Right to Education Act, under which every child aged 6-14shall have free and compulsory education in a neighbourhood school till the completion of elementary  education.

Source: The Hindu, 18th Feb 2011


Toll-free number for health queries

Not sure what's causing that screaming stomachache every two hours? Or which doctor is the best for that eye infection of yours and what his fees would be? Need to know which diagnostic centre is closest to your house, equipped with that fancy MRI scanner? Or which pharmacy has the medicines you are looking for? Dial just one single toll free number -33006666 - from anywhere. This round-the-clock service, available from Monday, has been launched by a private company as a one-stop information platform on everything about healthcare, be it medicines, diseases, procedures or health news.

Source: Times of India, 8th Feb 2011.


To cut deaths at birth, free delivery, transport at government hospitals now

To reduce maternal and infant deaths, the Union Health Ministry has directed states to guarantee "free of charge" deliveries in public health facilities. In a bid to increase institutional deliveries and minimise medical complications afterward, the Ministry has proposed that states should provide "free and assured

referral transport from (the mother's) home to (the medical) facility and drop back from facility to home".

The largest number of maternal and child deaths in the world occur in India. Around 68,000 women die every year from pregnancy-related complications. Of the around 18 lakh child deaths every year, over 10 lakh occur within 28 days of birth.

Source: Indian Express, 16th Feb 2011.


Trainings/Workshops/ Conferences



International conference on youth development


11 to 13 October 2011, Putrajaya, Selangor, Malaysia


Organized by: Institute for Social Science Studies
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 11 April 2011


The First International Conference on Youth Development (ICYOUTH 2011) aims to explore issues surrounding the current state and role of adult-youth relations in forging and nurturing positive youth development. Diverse perspectives are sought from those who work with, and on behalf of, young people from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds with a focus on how youth and adults currently engage one another to forge meaningful relationships for promoting young peoples’ healthy development.


Contact name: Dzuhailmi Dahalan / Nurul Akhtar Kamarudin


10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP10)


26 to 30 August 2011, Busan, Republic of Korea (RoK)


Conference is 2nd largest AIDS forum in the world & is a biennial gathering for the release & discussion of scientific, programmatic & policy developments in the global response of HIV/AIDS.The theme of the ICAAP10 is “Diverse Voices, United Action.” HIV/AIDS epidemic is not only deemed as a health issue but a political as well as social and economic one. By sharing knowledge and experience at the ICAAP10, we shall be able to step forward further to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic as one. ICAAP10 offers a platform where we shall be united in action.


Contact name: Ms. Yoonhye KIM



MAMTA-Health Institute for Mother and Child is a non-governmental organization working on various health and development issues with special focus on young people’s reproductive and sexual health and rights among various strata of the population.

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