1 December, 2008: 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day
The theme for World AIDS Day 2007 and 2008 is “leadership”. Leadership was selected as the theme for World AIDS Day to encourage leaders at all levels to stop AIDS. This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is ‘Lead – Empower – Deliver‘, building on last year’s theme of ‘Take the Lead‘. This theme will continue to be promoted this year with the campaigning slogan, “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise.”
According to NDTV Doctor’s article, this means:
- Leaders in most countries from around the world now acknowledge the threat of AIDS, and many have committed to do something about it. As of 2007, nearly all countries have national policies on HIV. However, despite these policies, most have not been fully implemented and many lack funding allocations.
- While treatment for HIV and AIDS has improved and become more widespread since 1988, many still do not have access to it – in 2007 only 31% of those in low- to middle-income countries who need treatment received it.
Medicine is one of the most noble professions in the world. I personally rate medicine and doctors, next to men in defence services!! Doctors are the ones who, at one point of time, were treated with the reverence of God, the life giver! Such is the impact doctors have, in a normal man’s life! No wonder then, that the grill and patience required to become a doctor and attain that level, is gruelling!
When you see such people, the so-called-doctors, abusing the sanctity of their profession… The life-givers indulging in practices which may take away the lives of people who believe in them blindly… bestow upon them, the faith akin to God – You lose faith in everything!
It is tough to some times believe that Dharavi is a slum, considering the kind of publicity it receives. Not to mention, even wiki has a page devoted to Asia’s largest slum!
Dharavi has all that a typical slum has – unending stretch of narrow, dirty lanes… open sewers, no access to direct water supply, cramped huts and all kinds of garbage strewn all over… Its difficult to fathom considering the fact that until the late 19th century, this area of Mumbai was mangrove swamp inhabited by Koli fishermen.
Not many know, that Dharavi has large number of small scale industries that produce embroidered garments, export quality leather goods, pottery and plastic. Most of these products are made in tiny manufacturing units spread across the slum and are sold in domestic as well as international markets. The annual turnover of business here is estimated to be more than $650m (£350m) a year – Now thats quite something… But, the deplorable conditions in which the people there live, is, to say the least, inhuman!
October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink ribbon is the International symbol of breast cancer prevention.
Breast cancer is the second most prominent cancer that assails Indian women. Urban Indian women are said to be more susceptible to breast cancer than rural women. A woman with family history of breast cancer is 15% more susceptible to the disease.