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Mainstreaming as a response to HIV/AIDS in India: an innovative multi-sectoral approach

[PHP Nepal Vol 3 Issue 11 December 2013] | HIV/AIDS is an epidemic spreading swiftly with its presence on global front. Although the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in India is still lower than many other countries in the world; it is the third largest HIV/AIDS inhabited country. According to National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) 2012 report, 2.39 million HIV positive people were living in the country at the end of 2009. Interestingly, the impact of HIV/ AIDS is not very noticeable due to low prevalence rate (estimated at 0.31% in 2009) of the infection and large population size of the country (NACO, 2012).

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Alcohol portrayal in Bollywood movies: enticing youth towards alcohol use in India 

[PHP Nepal Vol 3 Issue 9 September 2013] | The effects of alcohol advertising on the drinking behavior of young people have been studied more extensively over the past few years, worldwide. Messages imparted through TV shows, movies, mainstream music, and even everyday commercials are among the strongest influences on youth besides peers and families, environment and heredity, and other factors which contribute to one’s inclination towards drinking.

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Hepatitis: the silent killer

[PHP Nepal Vol 3 Issue 7 July 2013] | Three years ago, I officially started my public health journey in Arizona with a non-profit organization called the Asian Pacific Community in Action (APCA) whose mission is to “Improve the health and well being of the Asian Pacific Islander community through empowerment, health promotion, and disease prevention.”  My unofficial public health journey, however, started in February 2007 when I was informed that my dad in Kathmandu, Nepal had slipped into coma.

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Tobacco sponsorship and surrogate advertizing: the blazing demon affecting youth in India

[PHP Nepal Vol 3 Issue 7 July 2013] | Tobacco in any form has an injurious impact on health. Despite of all known dreadful effects of tobacco it is still being promoted to a large extent around the world. Though tobacco manufactures claim that they do not target youth or kids but still they practice unique strategies such as sponsorship and surrogate advertising that attract youth the most. Surrogate advertising involves advertising for products that use the same brand name as the tobacco products. The effects of tobacco advertising and marketing on the smoking/tobacco chewing behavior of young people have been studied more extensively over the past few years globally.

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