Health Current Affairs

Global Ayurveda Festival Kerala 2014

The second edition of Global Ayurveda Festival Kerala 2014 (GAF) held at Queen of Arabian Sea, Kochi in Kerala.

About Global Ayurveda Festival Kerala 2014

  • Five days International Expo with more than 350 stalls.
  • Chief Guest:Mauritius President Mr. Rajkeswar Puryaag.
  • Theme: Ayurveda in Public Health and Communicable Diseases.
  • Focus: On the strengths of Ayurveda in public health in the context of growing burden of new age communicable diseases.
  • Other sub themes: Mental Health and Ayurveda, Clinical Research in Ayurveda, Cosmetology in Ayurveda, Nutrition and a variety of other related topics.
  • The bi-annual Ayurveda fest organized by the Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA), jointly with the State of Government and the Ayurveda Fraternity of Kerala.
  • First ever Ayurveda Paramedics Conference. 

Note: CISSA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization of scientists and citizens combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development and effective citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, safer and healthier world.


Zero AIDS Discrimination Day launched on March 1

For the first time, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched its Zero Discrimination Day on March 1 in Beijing, China, to support those who are infected by HIV/AIDS.

About Zero Discrimination Day 2014

Motto: To call the people everywhere to promote equal rights for AIDS victims and celebrate everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love.

  • Transformative Symbol: Butterfly.
  • Vision: Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
  • An initiative of UNAIDS advocate and Nobel laureate Ms. Daw Aung Suu Kyi.
  • Offers an unprecedented opportunity for raising awareness; for speaking up to support people who have been discriminated against; for promoting diversity; and for becoming champions of tolerance, compassion and peace.
  • Discrimination against HIV/AIDS victims is a serious barrier preventing the provision of equal services.

Note: Discrimination is not only a violation of human rights, it is illegal, immoral, hurtful and dehumanizing. Discrimination can happen anywhere: at work, at school, at home, at the health facility and in the community. Discrimination doesn’t just hurt individuals or groups of people, it hurts everyone.