Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Spotlight on FATEH: Fellowship for Activists To Embrace Humanity

FATEH is committed to providing opportunities for community capacity building in Punjab and in Diaspora communities spread around the globe.

A fearless responsibility towards all creation, inspired by the Sikh culture of introspection, compassion, perseverance and determination.

Strengthening Intellect CompetitiveKnowledge & Aptitude SIKHYA / FATEH Partnership

Training And Knowledge Related toEntrepreneurship & Employment

Apprentice & Mentorship Development toAchieve Necessary Skills

C A B S 0 5 - 0 6
Change Across Borders

Inter-Community Volunteer Initiative

Intra-community Psychological Awarenessand Counseling Service





Global AIDS Fellowship - AMSA

Attention Med Students!!!

AMSA Global AIDS FellowshipDescription
Application Deadline: January 30, 2006


As the AMSA Global AIDS Fellow, you will:
Utilize to the greatest extent possible the spirit and excellence of the health professions and mobilize the nation’s physicians-in-training to address the Global HIV/AIDS pandemic through Education, Service, and Action. In this capacity, you will work closely with national AMSA leadership and staff, the AIDS Advocacy Network coordinators, local chapter leaders and members, and local, national, and international organizations to develop strategy, educate and activate the grassroots, and build coalitions around fighting Global HIV/AIDS. Your work to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic will reflect the need to eliminate global health disparities.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Anti-Inflammatory Spices: Turmeric & Ginger

Chronic low-grade inflammation has been linked to the development of many age related health conditions, including Alzheimer's. Although this process may be barely noticeable, there are things you can do to prevent or delay health issues related to inflammation. In the case of Alzheimer's, making good choices in diet, exercise and lifestyle can all reduce risk. Taking natural anti-inflammatories is a good move, especially turmeric and ginger.

Turmeric has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, and is a component of the recommended anti-inflammatory diet, a focus of Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging. The principal ingredient in mild yellow prepared mustard and in some exotic curries, turmeric may have a specific preventive effect against Alzheimer's disease (it has been shown to prevent amyloid plaque formation in animals) and may reduce the risk of many types of cancer as well. You can find turmeric products in health food stores, but many are preparations of curcumin, which is only one of the active components. Instead, take a whole extract of turmeric, and look for those prepared by the process of "supercritical extraction" - which uses liquefied carbon dioxide to extract the natural components of turmeric, rather than chemicals such as hexane, which can leave a residue.

Consider using turmeric (see yesterday's Daily Tip), following an anti-inflammatory diet, and taking ginger, a natural anti-inflammatory herb that may help to lessen the risks and/or symptoms of many inflammatory-related disorders. Dried ginger preparations are actually more powerful than fresh because of a chemical conversion of its constituents on drying. Capsules of dried, powdered ginger are now commonly sold in health food stores; use only those that are standardized for their content of active components. The recommended starting dose is 1 gram per day (usually two capsules), taken after a meal to avoid stomach irritation. There is no toxicity and you can stay on it indefinitely.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Indian PM: 'Talk about safe sex'

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has urged Indians to start talking more openly about safe sex to check the spread of the HIV virus that causes Aids.

This follows growing alarm among Indian health officials about the spread of the virus to rural areas where health care is poor. Aids workers dispute official figures that say the rate of HIV infection has fallen sharply in India. More than five million people in India are HIV positive. Only South Africa has more people with the virus.

"You should comprehend the need to educate our young about the modes of transmission of this disease," Mr Singh said on Thursday in comments to mark World Aids Day. "Leading a healthy and safe sexual life is one of the commitments we must all make."

Recent figures released by the government suggest that HIV is now spreading from traditional high-risk target groups, like truckers and sex workers in cities, to those living in rural areas. This only confirms that the government message on Aids prevention is getting through to enough people, our correspondent says. In a conservative country like India, it is not always easy to promote awareness about safe sex. In the past, some leaders of right-wing Hindu groups have also said that emphasis should be on abstinence rather than advocating the use of condoms which, in their view, only encourages promiscuous trends in society.

More? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4488352.stm

Thursday, December 01, 2005

World AIDS Day :: December 1st 2005


December 1st is World AIDS Day and is recognized around the world as a day to renew hope, commemorate those lost and celebrate progress. This year World AIDS Day activities will call on politicians and the international community to keep their promise and commitments in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

World AIDS Day links including events, news, and articles:


World AIDS Campaign

World AIDS Day

HIV Is Spreading Via India's Highways

BBC - The AIDS Crisis

World Bank

Don't Give Up - Sung by Bono and Alicia Keys
http://www.keepachildalive.org/dont.html http://www.keepachildalive.org

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

How to Turn the Corner On AIDS

An excerpt from an article in the Washington Post by Jim Kim:

November 23, 2005

A new U.N. report shows that the global AIDS epidemic has beencutting a broad and destructive path, causing 3 million deathsin the past year alone, or 60,000 a week. Nearly half of the 40million people living with HIV-AIDS are women, and more than 2million are children. Infection rates are rising in nearly everyregion of the world.

Why, then, in the face of numbers such as these, are some publichealth officials, myself included, optimistic that the epidemiccan be stopped? Because there is a growing body of evidence thatpublic health approaches such as pairing HIV treatment and pre-vention and strengthening health care delivery systems in poorcountries can help not only slow HIV-AIDS but also make long-needed breakthroughs in reducing the impact of diseases such asmalaria and tuberculosis that enslave the developing world.

Read more online on the Washington Post site.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

If all politics is local, all health is global

Kouchner, a cofounder of the humanitarian doctors group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), offered “resistance to oppression” as a definition of health and noted that efforts to expand humanitarian aid that crosses national borders, “that limits only the spread of solidarity rather than germs,” have been met with opposition. “We were called the hippies of medicine and doctors without diplomas,” he said. “That has stopped since we won the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Solutions such as partnering hospitals in the developed world with hospitals in the developing world are an important way to continue collaborations that can make a difference, he said, but the real problem is bigger than that.

“Public health is not a neutral activity; it is a political activity, the good sense of the world. Global health is a political problem, and nothing is more revealing of gender and racial inequality,” he said. Other speakers agreed.

More: http://www.bu.edu/phpbin/news-cms/news/?dept=4&id=37071&template=4

Thursday, November 03, 2005

U.S. Surgeon General, International Experts Gather for Boston University

Boston—Internationally respected leaders and practitioners in the areas of public health, health science and policy, the social sciences, and the arts will gather at Boston University, Nov. 16–19, to consider how key global public health issues will evolve over the next 50 years. The conference, “Global Health: A Bridge to the Future,” is the inaugural event of Boston University's Global Health Initiative (GHI), a University-wide effort aimed at improving the health and well-being of populations throughout the world and educating a new generation of global citizens.

Seventy-five experts from developed and developing nations will participate in the four-day event. Other notable participants are founder and past president of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Doctors Without Borders Bernard Kouchner; former executive director of UNICEF Carol Bellamy; Mexican minister of health Julio Frenk; director of the Indian Council of Medical Research Nirmal Ganguly; anti-poverty advocate and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University Jeffrey Sachs; and software entrepreneur and social activist Mitchell Kapor.


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

TIME - Global Health Summit

The Bills Take On the Summit

The two Bills, Clinton and Gates, took the stage this afternoon at the Time Global Health Summit. For two men who spend their lives in the klieg lights, this was a rare opportunity for what could almost pass for a schmooze. TIME managing editor Jim Kelly asked them a wide range of questions, many of them posed in writing by conference attendees.



Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Happy Diwali!

Why is Diwali Important To Sikhs?

The Third Sikh Teacher, Guru Amar Das institutionalized this as one of the special days when all Sikhs would gather to receive the Gurus blessings at Goindwal. In 1577 the foundation stone of The Golden Temple was laid on Diwali. The Diwali festival took place during the life of the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind Sahib. The Muslim Emperor Jahengir, imprisoned the Guru and 52 Kings.The Emperor ruled India at this time. The Asian Indians begged the Emperor to release the Guru and the Emperor agreed but the Gurus said also release the kings. Guru ji had a gown made with 52 string pieces for the Hindus to hold. The Guru and the Hindu kings were also freed at Diwali, Sikhs were very happy when their leader was released. Guru Hargobind Sahib went to the Golden Temple Amritsar in the Punjab. Sikh Diwali is recalled throughout India and in many countries; each year to remember Guru ji's release. At Diwali we worship the religious freedom for Sikhs and this is why Diwali is called the Light Festival. As Guru's Mother was full of happiness that her son was released she ordered food and sweets and gave them to everyone. The worshippers float multi-coloured light candles on the water at the Golden Temple.

from: http://www.sikhstudy.com/diwali_for_sikhs.html

Friday, October 28, 2005

Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge

About the Rx for Survival Project:

During the twentieth century, the world lived through a golden era in public health: vaccines were discovered, diseases were cured, and the average life expectancy rose by many years. In recent decades, however, this stunning progress has declined dramatically. Although life expectancy remains high in developed nations, in many countries of the developing world it has actually fallen.

The march to better world health has been slowed by the emergence of new and devastating diseases such as AIDS, SARS and West Nile virus, by microbial resistance to many modern drugs and by a global travel network that can turn a local disease into an international outbreak in a matter of hours.

Rx for Survival—A Global Health Challenge™ is a pioneering multimedia project that explores the current global health crisis and the solutions that promise to make our borderless society healthier. At the center of the project is a compelling six-hour documentary series premiering on PBS, November 1-3, co-produced by the award winning team of the WGBH/NOVA Science Unit and Vulcan Productions. In addition, a comprehensive Web site on PBS.org offers in-depth information on global health issues, including an interactive atlas comparing socio-economic indicators with the spread of disease, essays and case studies on why global health matters, and classroom materials. Rx for Survival will be further extended by independent media coverage in the first week of November from TIME magazine, NPR, and The Penguin Press.

check out the website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/rxforsurvival/

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Quote for today

If you think you are too small to make a difference,try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito.

- African proverb

Expert Medical Groups Submit Report to Indian Human Rights Commission on Punjab Abuses


Medical Study Documents Torture and Psychological Trauma Suffered by Families of the “Disappeared” in Punjab:

Encourages Indian National Human Rights Commission to Investigate Violations

(San Francisco, CA) Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and the Bellevue/New York University School of Medicine Program for Survivors of Torture (Bellevue) submitted a report (www.ensaaf.org/PHR-Bellevue.html) today in the Punjab mass cremations matter pending before India’s National Human Rights Commission since December 1996. The report, entitled Evaluation of Litigants Pertaining to Writ Petition (Crl.) No. 447/95 Committee for Information and Initiative on Punjab vs. State of Punjab, is based on structured interviews and diagnostic evaluations of 127 family members of victims killed and illegally cremated by Indian security forces from 1984 to 1995.

A six-member PHR/Bellevue investigative team with extensive experience in documenting torture and human rights abuses conducted this study in Amritsar, Punjab in May and June 2005 at the request of ENSAAF, a U.S.-based non-profit organization fighting impunity for human rights abuses committed in India. The PHR/Bellevue assessment reveals a “pattern of intentional abuse by law enforcement officials among multiple family members,” demonstrating that the Commission needs to investigate and adjudicate the fundamental rights violations committed by Indian security forces, beyond the illegal cremation of the family member.

“As a result of the death and illegal cremation of a close family member, most of the individuals interviewed demonstrated severe psychological disorders including depression and posttraumatic stress disorder, with nearly half of those interviewed continuing to describe these symptoms more than ten years after the traumas occurred,” write Dr. Allen Keller and Dr. Barry Rosenfeld, authors of the report. They further write, “Many participants described permanent impairments and long-term disability related to the physical abuse inflicted by the authorities during the time period surrounding the death and cremation of their relative.”

CIIP vs. State of Punjab has proceeded before the Commission for nearly nine years. The Commission, however, has not heard the testimony of a single survivor in the Punjab mass cremations matter; nor has it found a single security official or agency liable for the thousands of disappearances and extrajudicial executions leading to illegal cremations in Punjab. The Commission continues to flout international and domestic law by refusing to investigate the secret cremations, ignoring fundamental rights violations such as the unlawful deprivation of life and torture of family members. The PHR/Bellevue report should compel the Commission to investigate the physical and psychological trauma suffered by victim families, in addition to the murder and illegal cremation of their relative.

From: Ensaaf.org

::mission statement::

to empower sikh students to improve the burden of disease and reduce health disparities in our communities both locally and globally. the quest of this initiative is to collaborate and aid our peers in becoming successful contributing professionals of the community.

::Welcome to the Sikh Students Health Initiative::

Welcome to the Sikh Students Health Initiative Blog. We are a new organization bringing awareness to Sikh students interested and empowered to advocate for health.

The ::humanitarian:: factor is an integral part of what it means to be a Sikh. Within Sikhism, there is a compassion towards all of humanity, advocating for health and well-being is one way to express this. The Sikh Students Health Initiative hopes to educate both ourselves and others to be more aware of issues that affect us directly and indirectly. Health is a human right that should be provided to all, regardless of socioeconomic factors. This organization hopes to reduce the burden of disease that affects the Sikh community both locally and globally, and in doing so, reducing the overall burden of disease impacting society.

We welcome your interest!

We are currently working on our official website (currently under construction): http://www.sikhhealth.org/