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Health activists urge fight alcohol harm

Prof. T K Thomas13 Jun, 2019 Healthy India Alliance working for prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases [NCDs] urges the Government to take expeditious action against alcohol harm in India. The Alliance, comprising over a dozen Indian non-profit organizations working in the field of cancer prevention, palliative care, tobacco and alcohol advocacy etc. and member organizations of IOGT International want the government to focus on multi- sectoral alcohol policy action in India to tackle the heavy burden of alcohol harm. The Alliance has highlighted a recent study by New Lancet, world’s leading independent general medical journal. According to the study, there is a 38% increase in alcohol use among Indians (from 2010 to 2017) – a deviation from the National Communicable Diseases [NCDs] target of a 10% reduction in alcohol consumption by 2025. The Healthy India Alliance flagged key alcohol control measures that need urgent attention of the Government of India. They have sought a…
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Healthy India Alliance calls for urgent multi-sectoral alcohol policy action in India

New Lancet study highlights 38% increase in alcohol use among Indians (from 2010 to 2017) - a deviation from the national NCD target of reducing alcohol consumption by 10% by 2025Alcohol poses serious threat to sustainable development and public health, manifesting its severe outcomes through multiple Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), adversely affecting physical and mental health. Over the years, consumption of alcoholic beverages,particularly among young people and women, has gained increasing popularity and social acceptance.
"Alcohol drags people into poverty and adversely affect their families and entire communities. The direct and indirect costs of alcohol harm to the household is the biggest barrier in sustainable development.Alcohol harm is jeopardizing human capital and draining out all govt. welfare measures and family earnings.” Mr Suneel Vatsyayan, Chairperson, Nada India FoundationThe study published in The Lancet (citation below), has alarmingly revealed that India i…

Youth first to make the universal health coverage a reality....

Prof.T K Thomas
04 Jun, 2019 
“with the growing young population in India, it becomes extremely important to involve youth and understand their needs at the policy level. This can help them to effectively deal with the cross cutting issues like linkages between alcoholism, tobacco use and tuberculosis. The government must make the political decision to put youth first to make the universal health coverage a reality.”The annual World No Tobacco Day was observed on 31st May. The day is observed by the World Health Organization [WHO] and global partners as an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. This year’s focus for the day was, “Tobacco and lung health”. Everyone knows how tobacco affects our lungs. The WHO release says, the campaign will increase awareness on, “the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer, to chronic respiratory diseases…

'Involvement of youth and patient must to make healthcare acceptable & accessible for all ' ...said Suneel Vatsyayan #YoungIndiaNetwork

CHANDIGARH: The Centre for Social Work organised a one-day workshop on 'Social Work Intervention' for non-communicable diseases (NCD) at the department here on Saturday. The workshop was conducted by Suneel Vatsyayan, chairperson , Nada India Foundation, New Delhi and Pallavi, Nada project Director. Speaking on the occasion, Suneel Vatsyayan a practicing social worker and NAPSWI board member said,
 "A #meaningful involvement of #youth and patient is very important for making our #healthcare system acceptable ,accessible and available for all. Their participation at local and policy level is important to make universal health coverage a success.These young social workers were trained to join the young health work  force during these workshops." Pallavi shared the burden of non-communicable diseases in the country and across the world and the
different social work interventions required while working with youngsters.
The workshop was inaugurated by 
Dr Rajesh Kumar Chander…

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Drug Free........ and Healthy India?

OPINIONDrug Free India?.......Prof. T K Thomas 26 Feb, 2019 
Two weeks back, this column carried a piece entitled “Hooch Victims: Not Just Numbers!” about death of over 40 people after drinking illicit liquor. A bigger hooch tragedy last week killed over 150 tea garden workers and over 300 hospitalized for critical care in Assam’s Golaghat. A friend asked why such frequent occurrence of hooch tragedies and deaths of poor and marginalized people and why no action is being taken to prevent such tragedies. Familiar with the problem of addiction in the country, he wondered why the government was more concerned about drug addiction and not on alcohol addiction. It took some time to explain to him how the two problems were being handled by two separate ministries of the government of India-Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for drugs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for alcohol.
Last week on 19th February, the Prime Minister through a video address launched a campaign for …

“Vendors display tobacco products in ways that are appealing to children and youth.. Alarming

Investigators documented that in 225 tobacco points of sale observed, 91% of displays were at 1 metre – child’s eye level, 54% had no visible health warning; and 90 per cent of displays were, beside candies, sweets and toys, items marketed to children,” noted the study. A report released on Wednesday finds that tobacco companies in India are systematically targeting children as young as eight by selling tobacco products and placing tobacco advertisements near schools. These tactics, happening all over the country, is a clear violation of Section 5 and 6 of Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act, it said. To gather evidence regarding tobacco products being sold around educational institutions in violation of the law, two groups working in the area of tobacco control -- Consumer Voice and Voluntary Health Association of India -- undertook a study in 20 cities across six states in India. Titled Tiny Targets, the study was conducted to determine the extent of tobacco products being m…