KUNPHEN, literally means universal Benevolence. It is the first and only
Tibetan non-government organization (NGO) that provides programs focusing on
treatment and care for alcohol and drug abuse. Apart from that the center also
provides assistance in human resource development and HIV/AIDS by promoting
education and carrying out awareness campaigns in Tibetan communities. The
center is based in Dharamsala, North India and is registered under the Indian
Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860
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Last week there was another death due to drug over dose in Dharamshala. He was from Amdo Naba and he is 26 years old. he came to India at the age of five and he has never seen his family since then. He studied in TCV school and studied thanka Painting from TCV vocational training center pathlikul, in North India. A monk friend of him was telling me he has never spoke to his mother for last four years due to dialect issue(since he could not speak in Amdo dialect ).
Last year he was being rehabilitated at Zhedhe Khangsar, Dharadun. He was discharge earlier this after the completion of his rehabilitation program. We at kunphen has been talking to him and trying to help him ever since he came here. We offered him a job in our paper project but he didn’t turn in. Its very breaking when some one dies of own made death. Read more
According to some AIDS activist and our general assumption, approximately 83,000 Tibetan refugees in India could be categorised as high-risk group for HIV infection due to high mobility, poverty, and lack of access to healthcare facilities. It is very important to such organization like us, Choice and Dept of Health to work together to make this (Getting to Zero – zero new HIV infection, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS related deaths. )a promise kept. Like wise this years world AIDS was commemorated on same platform with own capabilities.
The day was begin with a formal function for CTA staffs and general public at Gangchen kyishong (Where CTA is located). During the function Mr Damchoe talked about how he and his family has been stigmatize and discriminate in Society for being HIV positive. after the formal function there was a street play from Tibet Theatre.
The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero – Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths”. The theme was announced on 9 September 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. This theme is backed by the United Nations “Getting to Zero” campaign and runs until 2015. It builds on last year’s successful World AIDS Day “Light for Rights” initiative encompassing a range of vital issues identified by key affected populations.
According to Dr. Allyson Leacock, Executive Director, Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership (CBMP) and Chairman of The World AIDS Campaign (WAC), the WAC went through an extensive consultation before selecting the theme and slogan for this year’s World AIDS Day.
She explained that the WAC chose a theme that had flexibility to cultural realities. As a result:
• The overall WAD concept/overarching theme for the next four years will be “Getting to Zero” (till 2015) with the understanding that different groups and regions will focus on a zero which is most relevant to them.
• The World AIDS Campaign adoption of “Zero AIDS-Related Deaths” as its World AIDS Day focus for 2011 under the overarching theme of “Getting to Zero”. Read more
West Virginia’s top economic development concern may not involve coal, natural gas or the lingering effects of the recession. It may be drug abuse.
Alcohol- and drug-related crimes cost the state $429 million last year, according to a study by the West Virginia Prevention Resource Center. That is just the cost of investigating and prosecuting crimes resulting from substance abuse, and housing those imprisoned for it.
But as U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has pointed out, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Employers have complained to him they have trouble filling job vacancies because of drug and alcohol abuse.
Educators are painfully aware of the problem. Children hooked on alcohol or other drugs usually do poorly in school. When their parents or guardians are substance abusers, the all-important education support network is weakened – or collapses entirely.
The problem may be growing worse. As many as 152,000 Mountain State residents have substance abuse problems, studies estimate.
These are not numbers pulled out of the air. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for West Virginians under 45 years of age. The number of overdose deaths increased 550 percent from 1994 to 2004.
A shocking study in 2009, conducted at eight hospitals in the state, found 20 percent of babies born there had been exposed to drugs while still in the womb. Last year, one of those hospitals did a follow-up test involving babies’ umbilical cords – and found the percentage had increased to 33. That’s one in three babies born in that hospital.
The national average is 4 percent.
Good Lord. Substance abuse already is a social and law enforcement crisis in West Virginia. Clearly, it is having an adverse effect on our economy.
Let’s be frank: Our state already suffers from unflattering stereotypes. Add to that a reputation as a state full of addicts, and what corporate executive in his right mind would locate a plant or store here?
We don’t have the money – or the time – to waste on anti-drug fads or politically correct approaches to the problem. West Virginians need to find ways to take a massive bite out of substance abuse immediately.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University initiated the Family Day movement in 2001 to make parents aware that frequent family meals can help keep America’s kids substance free.
Their motto is “Dinner Makes A Difference.” Research by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA Columbia) at Columbia University has consistently found “the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.”
Who knew something as simple as eating dinner together could have such a huge impact on our children?
I personally enjoy family dinners, except for the cleaning up part. It’s the perfect time of day to catch up and talk. According to CASA Columbia, talking is the secret to keeping kids away from drugs.
The type of conversation and family time that occurs at the dinner table really does “make a difference.” You don’t have to talk about the big issues; the simple act of engaging one another is what influences our children to become responsible adults.
Some of my most favorite childhood memories are of family dinners. I remember laughing a lot but I also remember having serious conversations about life. I felt a sense of belonging and comfort at the dinner table and I’m guessing that is what helps to keep kids on the right track. If they don’t feel like they fit in at home, they may try and find that feeling somewhere else.
Studies have also linked family dinners to better grades, higher self esteem, less depression, and healthier diets for kids. It has also been suggested that family dinners often create happier marriages which in turn make happier families.
Don’t forget, manners and respect are also taught at the dinner table and that is priceless in today’s world. I read somewhere, and I cannot remember where, that family dinners teach children how to be civilized members of society. Maybe there wouldn’t be as much bullying and disrespect for authority and property if children shared meals with parents or guardians on a regular basis?
So, tonight, have dinner together and enjoy each other’s company. Turn off the TV, ban the cell phones and iPods, and sit, eat and talk. I know it’s hard to find the time but it is well worth the effort.
What happens at the dinner table stays with you the rest of your life.
A presidential proclamation states that the fourth Monday in September is Family Day—A Day to Eat Dinner with your Children. President Obama wants you to eat dinner with your family tonight.
Don’t let him down.
Dharamshala: The Tibet Post International is in conversation with Mr. Tenzin Legphel from Kunphen, the first and only Tibetan run non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides programs focusing on treatment and care for alcohol and drug abusers. The centre also provides assistance to HIV/AIDS victims as well as developing human resources by promoting education and carrying out awareness campaigns in communities.
Soft spoken, yet eloquent, Legphel did his schooling from upper TCV in Dharamshala, and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree from Punjab University in Chandigarh. For the past six years, he has worked at Kunphen , with the last two years in a directorial capacity.
Legphel says that he first came to Kunphen as a volunteer, and later joined the organisation because of a close personal reason: “My cousin had died earlier of a drug overdose, and due to this I became more involved in Kunphen and its activities.” Read more
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Source: Times Of India
Considering the increasing number of non-AIDS defining cancers researchers studied if a particularcancer drug could be given to people taking highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) for HIV. “Up to this point, oncologists have not had much information about treating cancer in people taking HAART,” said John Deeken, a research physician at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Read more
June 5, 2011 marks the 30th year since CDC reported the first cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). On this day, we commemorate 30 years of HIV/AIDS prevention, surveillance, and research activities.
June 5, 2011, marks the 30th year since CDC reported the first cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). From just five cases in the initial publication of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, AIDS has grown into a global pandemic that has resulted in the deaths of more than 33 million people around the world. It is estimated that over 1.7 million people in the United States have been infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). To date, nearly 600,000 men, women, and children with HIV in the United States have died, and more than 1.1 million people are estimated to be living with the disease today. click here to read more