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Monday, July 6, 2015 Join the crusade: Big push for transgender and hijra welfare
"The Supreme Court judgement of 2014 has indeed been a game changer in terms of the way it has allowed transgenders to perceive themselves as individuals, to stand up confidently with their own identity, and to demand their rights and access to services, which was not there before. Today they have a clear agenda for the services they need --having access to education (instead of being thrown out of schools);
Sunday, June 28, 2015 Parliamentarians on 'world we want beyond 2015': Sexual and reproductive health and rights in focus
If the countries agree with the draft set of SDGs at the UN summit in New York in coming September, they will become applicable from January 2016. Partnering with, and empowering parliamentarians, who play an important role in the development process by framing policies/ laws implemented in the country, can effectively influence the building of post-2015 development framework for world we want beyond 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015 "A woman of substance": Kalawati
A story of power and grit of a woman who has done farming for 30-35 years but still owns no land, although a successful farmer and inspiring others!
Tuesday, June 16, 2015(2 comments)
"Be the change you want to see in the world": Pushpa Devi
A woman who never did farming, and got married at 13, braved domestic violence and gender stereotypes, and struggled hard to establish herself as a successful farmer. A real life story of Pushpa Devi
Saturday, June 13, 2015 Turning tables: Growing support against corporate capture of climate policy-making
In the final days of the Bonn Climate Change Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a resounding call was made by over 224,000 people to the governments who have ratified the UNFCCC: protect the treaty and climate policymaking from the undue influence of the globe's biggest polluters.
Monday, June 1, 2015(2 comments)
Hitting roadblocks to tobacco endgame
The tobacco endgame is a public health and social justice imperative, says experts. But formidable challenges remain for countries who are rolling out tobacco control because of industry interference and range of other issues. This article explores further...
Monday, May 25, 2015(1 comments)
Without real democracy, how will people hold governments to account?
One of the major failures of current times is how democratic systems are being made ineffective so that people with a 'power of one vote' are not able to hold elected representatives to account. How else can governments get away with making promises and not delivering?
Listen what few women parliamentarians have to say on this?
Sunday, May 24, 2015(2 comments)
Through the people's lens: Modi's development model so far
Story of Modi's development model so far: Cutting health and education expenditure, forcing land acquisition, buying expensive jets and unsafe nuclear power, benefitting Big Business, diluting employment guarantee, fanning communal fires, exploiting Ganga, curbing dissent and shielding governance from public scrutiny!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Will HLPF push for accountability in post-2015 development agenda?
Without robust accountability and monitoring mechanisms, how will people ensure that their governments deliver on the promises they make towards post-2015 sustainable development agenda? Kate Lappin explains what role can High Level Political Forum (co-hosted by UN General Assembly) play in bringing in accountability in post-2015 agenda!
Tuesday, May 5, 2015(1 comments)
With no cure in sight, controlling asthma is essential
World Asthma Day is on 5th May. With no cure for asthma on the horizon, it is possible and essential to control and manage asthma well - so that people with asthma can live a full normal life!
Friday, May 1, 2015 No other way out: We need to early diagnose TB and treat with drugs that work
It may sound rhetorical but some of the 'absolute must' steps for progressing towards ending tuberculosis (TB) are to early and accurately diagnose TB and treat with the standard combination of drugs that are sensitive and work for a particular patient. Although sounds simplistic yet these are 'easier said than done' steps!
Wednesday, April 29, 2015(2 comments)
"She who does not tire, tires adversity": Savitri
This is an inspiring story of courage, of a woman from a village in UP India who braved all odds to not only survive but be an inspiration for others -- she is an established farmer today.
Monday, April 27, 2015 'Call to Action' launch catalyzes fight against TB
India has made impressive gains in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) but significant challenges still confront us in the path ahead to eliminate TB. The launch of 'Call To Action For A TB-Free India' by Sri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, in Delhi on 23rd April 2015, is aimed to catalyse progress towards ending TB in India.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 "Hard work is the key to success": Kamlesh
This is an inspiring story of courage and determination of a woman who challenged deeply entrenched gender biases in agriculture sector and successfully established herself as a farmer.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 God helps those who help themselves: Kunta Devi
An inspiring story of courage about a woman who braved all odds and succeeded in establishing herself as a successful woman farmer, in an otherwise male-dominated world of agriculture sector where women seldom get recognized.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 World Health Day: No substitute to healthy mind
We all aspire to be healthy and at times go to great lengths to ward off sickness. The fight against disease begins early on in life with responsible parents ensuring that their kids are administered all available vaccinations ((although there is a small lobby that is against this important preventive measure); as much as possible...
Wednesday, April 1, 2015(2 comments)
Indian parliamentarian doubts if tobacco kills! Do not reinvent the wheel
Indian parliamentarian who is chairing the committee that told the government not to implement stronger pictorial graphic health warnings on tobacco packs (and raise the warning size from 40% to 85%) from 1st April 2015, cast doubts on whether tobacco causes cancer. India is at risk of reversing the gains made in saving lives from tobacco!
Monday, March 23, 2015 Progress made but work remains on firewalling health policy from tobacco industry
Considerable progress has been made in different countries globally in protecting public-health policy from tobacco-industry interference, but certainly lot more work needs to be done. 2012 World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) Declaration called on all governments to firewall health policy from tobacco-industry interference. Have we done that by now?
Saturday, March 21, 2015 Hold tobacco industry liable: Turn the cost-benefit ratio upside down
"FCTC Article 19 is one of the least well-implemented articles of the treaty. As a result it provides immense untapped potential to be able to shift the cost-benefit ratio for the way the tobacco industry operates and thereby hold it to account and make it pay the high costs of harms it causes to people around the world," said Cloe Franko, Chair of Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT).
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Where there is a will there is a way: Teeja Devi
Inspiring story of a woman farmer who braved all odds in heavily male dominated 'agriculture sector' where women despite doing most field-labour seldom get credit and recognition! She has indeed made an indelible mark and inspires many other women to get due recognition
Friday, March 13, 2015(1 comments)
From adversity to prosperity
This is a story of a champion woman farmer, who stood against all odds and established herself as a woman farmer in a heavily male-dominated agriculture arena
Sunday, March 8, 2015 When will the good times (achhe din) come for women in India?
While stone statues of the female form (Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga/Kali) are worshipped in temples and religious rituals, a large number of those made of flesh and blood face violence on the streets and in homes, and encounter discrimination throughout their lives that begins at (or even before) birth, and continues during childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
Friday, February 13, 2015 Lung cancer: Difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat, easy to prevent
Just a few days before World Cancer Day this year, an acquaintance of mine succumbed to this dreaded disease within 10 months of diagnosis, and became part of the world statistics of someone dying somewhere of lung cancer every 30 seconds. Of all known cancers, lung cancer has highest annual mortality (1.6 million) as well as incidence (1.8 million) globally, and is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 cancer-related deaths.
Monday, February 9, 2015 Deworm to not lose gains made on child health and nutrition
Government of India is observing National Deworming Day on 10th February to control infections in children caused by Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH) or intestinal worms, which are among the most common infections worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that 241 million children between the ages of 1 and 14 are at risk of STH infection in India.
Monday, February 2, 2015 Better to prevent rather than treat lung cancer
Every 30 seconds, someone, somewhere in the world, dies of lung cancer. According to the World Cancer Report 2014, more people die from lung cancer than from any other type of cancer. In 2012 lung cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer, with 1.8 million cases worldwide, accounting for 13% of all cancer cases. It also resulted in 1.6 million deaths (19.4% of total cancer deaths).
Monday, December 15, 2014 Stop water privatisation and strengthen public water supply
A new report by Corporate Accountability International uncovers how the World Bank uses ponzi-style marketing tactics to sell privatization projects around the globe that it is also positioned to profit from. "Water privatization has been a disaster," said Dr Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Awardee and national vice president of Socialist Party (India). "We must prevent the World Bank and corporations like Veolia from expanding thei
Monday, December 15, 2014 Thalassaemia on the blind spot? Call to improve prevention, treatment and care
"It is not only about preventing new births of thalassemic infants; about chelation, about blood transfusion and about availability of services needed; but also about preventing complications related to Thalassaemia. We cannot take half-baked measures. Because if the patient dies prematurely, it will be a huge waste of national resources--10-15 years worth of investment just goes down the drain..."
Thursday, December 11, 2014 What is wrong with a rights-based approach to TB care?
A rights-based approach to TB care is the most correct approach to deal with the global TB crisis of epidemic proportions. In 2013, TB killed 1.5 million people out of the estimated 9 million people who developed it. Many social, economic and structural barriers drive the TB epidemic in high TB-burden countries including India, which accounts for 24% of its global incidence.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Breaking taboos, reaping dividends
Consider these statistics: Globally, 370,000 million children are married every day. By 2020, an additional 142 million girls will be married before their 18th birthday. Six million adolescent pregnancies occur in South Asia--90% of them inside marriage. Further, 34% of all unsafe abortions in the Asia-Pacific region happen to women below the age of 25.
Friday, November 28, 2014 Reaching the unreached: ENGAGE TB initiative
"But the tragedy is that, even though many NGOs may be working on HIV, they are not working on TB. We know that a large number of deaths (one in four) in people living with HIV (PLHIV) are due to TB, which is treatable and curable, and not because of HIV, which is not curable. If NGOs working with PLHIV can integrate TB care and control in their existing programmes, it will dramatically reduce these unnecessary deaths."
Friday, November 21, 2014 Beijing to Bangkok: 20 years journey of triumphs and defeats
The journey from Beijing to Bangkok has been strenuous as well as rewarding. So it was in the fitness of things that a plenary session at the Asia Pacific Civil Society Forum on Beijing+20, organized by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) in Bangkok, celebrated women's moments of triumphs along with the failures encountered in their path for development justice.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 East Asia Summit adopts unprecedented regional malaria goal
Countries have committed to an ambitious goal of eliminating malaria from the entire Asia Pacific region in the next 15 years. The bold move shows strong leadership on health security and responds head-on to concerns about growing resistance to the drug artemisinin, the mainstay of worldwide treatment for the most dangerous form of the disease.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 Women in politics should help women in adversity
Taking the Beijing+20 review process as an opportunity to hold governments to account for their commitments, and demand stronger, more effective accountability mechanisms, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) organized a Southeast Asia sub-regional Roundtable on 'Strengthening Accountability to Women through Parliamentary Mechanisms to Implement BPFA.'
Sunday, November 16, 2014 Long road to justice: Human rights of female migrant workers
Erwiana was one of the women who shared their lived experiences of the struggle against oppressive structures as a migrant worker, providing a picture of the impact of the existing gender inequalities on women's lives, at the 1st plenary of the Forum.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 Regular HIV prevention counselling reduces risk of infection
(CNS): "Foundation of HIV prevention is infact HIV testing" said Dr Anthony Fauci of National Institutes of Health at the opening plenary (via video link) of the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P). But mobilizing people to go for voluntary and repeated counselling and testing for HIV has indeed been a challenge. It is even a steeper challenge to mobilize key populations for HIV testing
Saturday, November 8, 2014 International trade impacts tobacco control
(CNS): The tobacco industry has a history of using international trade agreements to force open new markets in low and middle income countries, greatly increasing tobacco use and the consequent death/disease it causes. Tobacco companies are also challenging measures to reduce tobacco use as violations of trade and investment agreements, threatening the authority of nations to protect the health & well-being of their citizens
Sunday, November 2, 2014 No single HIV prevention method can end AIDS: Combination prevention is key
As HIV prevention needs and contexts vary, it is important to expand the range of effective prevention options that people can use. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said in a video link at the first-ever international conference on all HIV-related biomedical prevention research, that "No single method of prevention can end this epidemic on its own."
Sunday, November 2, 2014(1 comments)
WHO launches new guidelines on management of latent TB infection
For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines on testing, treating and managing latent TB infection (LTBI) in individuals with high risk of developing the disease. These guidelines were launched today at the Global TB Symposium just before the start of the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Nepal gearing to protect public health from tobacco industry interference
As implementation of domestic tobacco control laws and global tobacco treaty is advancing, tobacco industry is indeed facing the heat. Not surprising, that the industry has sued governments when they have attempted to implement life-saving tobacco control measures. Nepal is no exception.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 No longer business as usual: Out of the box solutions needed to end TB
In May 2014, the World Health Assembly approved the WHO's new post-2015 global TB strategy and targets for tuberculosis, which aims to achieve the targets for 2035-- 95% decline in TB deaths and 90% decline in TB incidence rate compared with 2015--less than 10 TB cases per 100, 000 population, and the elimination of catastrophic costs for TB-affected households
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Humid houses pose health hazards
Indoor air quality concerns more than just the fumes and smoke in the house. Dampness and mould pose health risks too, especially for people living with asthma. Researchers warn that people's living habits and the new energy efficient technology used to revamp old houses might actually give indoor damp and mould more room to rise.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 Those who 'own little, live on little' carry highest burden of climate change
But what astounded Alina Saba, a young indigenous woman participant from Limbu tribe of Nepal, was: "When I arrived in NYC, I was struck by the level of inequality that exists in this world. Just a few weeks ago I was in this remote community of Nepal who live on less than $1 a day. They do not have access to facilities like education, communication, healthcare and transportation.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 Rhythm of the heart
World Heart Day is on 29th September 2014.
The field of cardiology dealing with these rhythm disorders is called cardiac electrophysiology. Over the last two decades, invasive cardiac electrophysiological procedures have improved the survival and quality of life among patients with rhythm disorders. Let us on this day of remembrance of the heart, not ignore the rhythm that is pivotal in sustaining life.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 Hyderabad to Cape Town: Evidence driving medical research and health systems strengthening
Incidentally 22nd Cochrane Colloquium on "evidence-informed public health: challenges and opportunities" theme is being held in Hyderabad, India (21-26 September 2014) and will be followed by the 3rd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research on "science and practice of people-centred health systems" theme in Cape Town, South Africa (30 September -- 3 October 2014).
Sunday, October 5, 2014(2 comments)
Medical malpractices: Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
"This contributes to using expensive drugs, or at times using drugs that are not totally rational, or even using drugs instead of thinking of other evidence-based treatments - this has been well documented. I have tried to change attitudes towards accepting industry money. We should learn to say, 'No, Thank you'" asserted Dr Gotzsche.
Thursday, October 2, 2014(1 comments)
Research to the rescue of disaster management
For management of disasters and humanitarian crises, doing something is not enough--but doing the right thing at the right time is. Decision-makers need to know which intervention, actions and strategies would work, which would not work, which remain unproven and which no matter how well-meaning might be harmful. They need to make well informed choices and decisions and for this they need access to reliable evidence.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Pushed Into the Flesh Trade; Whither Future Development Goals?
Will future sustainable development goals (SDGs) help in improving the lives of Bela and thousands of others like her who are pushed into the flesh trade due to poverty, greed and a skewed power dynamics. It is not enough to make survivors mere brand ambassadors for a cause. They need to be rehabilitated too.