First World Autism Awareness Day celebrated

This disorder that affects 1 out of every 150 children and 1 out of 94 boys is on the increase and the United Nations in an effort to raise awareness of the problem world wide has actually now dedicated a special day 2 April to increase understanding of the disorder and acceptance of those who suffer with this condition. This week there were activities in a number of countries and at UN Headquarters to bring attention to autism and the challenges that it poses to the children and adults who suffer from it and the parents and caregivers who look after them. At a Forum organized for non-governmental-organizations by the Department of Public Information representatives from major autism organizations, as well as educators, people in the arts and entertainment industry, young people with relatives affected by autism and the autistic themselves came together to discuss the subject and what more needs to be done to bring it to the attention of both governments and the public. One of the interesting facts that emerged is that autism can be found all over the global including the countries of Asia.

World Tuberculosis Day – 24th March 2008

World Tuberculosis Day was observed on 24th March and in the Western Pacific region took on greater significance as the World Health Organization expressed concern about inadequate laboratory facilities in Asia and the Pacific which it believes is fuelling the spread of drug resistant strains of tuberculosis. According to Dr. Pieter van Maaren the WHO Regional Adviser in Stop TB and Leprosy Elimination based in the Philippines.

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