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Tobacco industry uses deception and lies to expand its market and lure children and young to its addictive products. Govts must hold them to account. #EndTobacco is an imperative to development, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 23, 2021
Exposed: Wolf in sheep's clothing - tobacco industry's greenwashing attempts thwarted This article is based on important stand taken by Nepal to stand with public health and reject offer of funding by tobacco company. It has insights from 2014 Director General of the World Health Organization, The Union's expert and Nepal journalist among others.
Every form of tobacco kills - ending illicit tobacco trade is one step towards ending all forms of tobacco use, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Eliminating illicit tobacco trade is a step towards #EndTobacco and SDGs This article is based on insights from experts on illicit trade and why eliminating illicit tobacco trade is an important step for public health, revenue as well as for other sustainable development goals. Experts from Indian government, Nepal, Singapore, South Africa, WHO, Europe, share their insights.
Live and people over profit, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 10, 2021
Experts demand compulsory licensing for generic production of a drug against Covid-19 This article is based on demands of a network of several associations of medical experts that are demanding from the government to issue compulsory licensing for Remdesivir - one of the few lifesaving drugs that show some positive effect on certain cases of Covid-19.
Till the time inequity remains hardwired, we cannot deliver on Health For All, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Unless we end inequities, we will fail to achieve Health For All This article is based on insights from the head of the WHO Emergency Programmes, ahead of World Health Day 2021
Land belongs to those who till the land to feed us and nourish life, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 29, 2021
Land to the tillers for genuine food system change This article marks the Day Of The Landless 2021 based on insights from range of Asian leaders who have been committed for food sovereignty.
Will new latest treatments for TB help us recover from the setback global fight to end TB has faced due to Covid-19?, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 26, 2021
Will advances in TB treatment outweigh the Covid-19 pushback? Latest reports show that COVID-19 lockdown and response has pushed back the fight against tuberculosis (TB which is world's top killer infectious disease), to 2008 levels! On a positive note though, there are new potentially pathbreaking advances in TB treatment in 2021. Will these new research-backed treatments help us get back on track to end TB? Please consider this article based on interviews with scientists.
Reducing speed limit and strong public transport for everyone are important if we are to make roads safer for everyone, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Instead of reducing maximum speed limit, Thailand increases it to 120 kph Governments of all countries agreed in February 2020 by adopting the Stockholm Declaration to reduce the maximum speed limit to 30 kilometer per hour (kph) to reduce road-traffic crashes and deaths. This promise was also endorsed by heads of our countries at the United Nations General Assembly August 2020. But Thailand plans to INCREASE max speed limit for 'road safety'.
When we know how to prevent transmission of HIV to newborn child, then there is NO EXCUSE FOR INACTION!, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Are we failing children in the HIV response? This article is based on interviews with some leading scientists on children and HIV. The governments promised that by 2020, no child will be born with HIV. Even before the pandemic, the progress towards this goal was only in 14 countries (that had ended mother-to-child transmission of HIV in their nations). The science has powered us to prevent transmission of HIV to any newborn child. So no excuse for inaction!
Japan is 3rd biggest economy but on gender parity it lags behind badly, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 21, 2021
'Have a seat but shut up please': Whither equality? This article is in response to the news from Japan that its ruling party will have board meetings with women, but women will have to keep their mouths shut. It is also a sad reminder that economic development does not necessarily lead to gender justice.
Policing during humanitarian crises is different than policing required to maintain law and order, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 18, 2021
Is policing pandemics different than maintaining law and order? This article is based on insights from police officers of few nations on police and Covid-19 responses. Policing during humanitarian emergencies is different than the policing required for maintaining law and order.
Respecting people's voice, ending military coup, and enabling fair democratic process is necessary in Myanmar, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 14, 2021
Growing call for federal democracy in Myanmar This article is based upon a south Asian regional forum as well as a joint statement endorsed by hundred plus groups worldwide calling for federal democracy in Myanmar.
When we know how to prevent HIV transmission and have tools to help people with HIV stay alive and lead normal lives, how can we accept thousands of new HIV infections daily and AIDS related deaths daily?, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 7, 2021
HIV science has advanced but policies-programmes have been slow to #endAIDS Please consider this article based upon insights from two world leaders who have dedicated their lives in preventing lives from AIDS, and accelerating efforts towards ending AIDS. Despite scientific advancements in preventing infection or keeping people with HIV healthy and lead normal lives, we are failing with thousands of new infections every year and AIDS related deaths worldwide. Read more,
we need careless roads, not driverless cars, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 6, 2021
Market solutions will make roads unsafe for everyone This article on road safety puts spotlight on why roads are becoming unsafer, with increasing number of deaths, disabilities and injuries due to road traffic accidents in countries like India. Governments of 194 countries promised to reduce by 50% the deaths in road accidents; why are we failing to meet the goal?
Increasing the range of options for people to choose from to break the chain of HIV transmission is important if we are to end AIDS by 2030, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Expanding range of options to prevent HIV is key as no one size fits all this article has insights from top HIV scientists and researchers worldwide, on why it is so important to expand the range of options for people to choose from to prevent transmission of HIV.
Women initiated methods for preventing transmission of HIV and other STIs and pregnancy are vital along with stamping out patriarchy, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 29, 2021
The ring has finally arrived! On 26 January 2021, the WHO endorsed a new HIV prevention method for women - the dapivirine vaginal ring, whose clinical trials have shown that it reduces the risk of HIV infection in women. Please consider this article based on interaction with three top scientists
All prevention measures should be leveraged for breaking the chain of COVID-19 transmission, From Uploaded
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 25, 2021
Get the vaccine shot but do not throw away the mask to fight COVID-19 This article is based upon insights from four top scientists from around the world on why all prevention measures are important along with vaccines (as of now) if we are to stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic.
People of ALL gender identities and expressions and sexual orientations must enjoy full human rights with equality and dignity, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 28, 2020
Gender equality and human rights: "Let different flowers bloom in the garden of God" Please consider the below article based upon insights on gender diversity, gender equality and human rights
5th Asia Pacific Summit of Mayors resolves to unitedly respond to end tobacco and prevent diseases, avert untimely deaths, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 17, 2020
Face it all together: threat of pandemics and responsibility to deliver on health for all This article is based on insights from several local government leaders on how local actions to control diseases/ pandemics as well as risk factors like tobacco were vital. Global goals require strong local level implementation to convert scientific breakthroughs into public health gains. The threat is also faced by us but so is the shared responsibility to bring in a difference,
Violence against women is NOT cultural, it is CRIMINAL., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 14, 2020
Break the silence: Ending gender-based violence is a human-rights imperative This article is based on insights from several crusaders who are dedicatedly making efforts to curb all forms of gender-based violence. Alarmingly during pandemic (just like other calamities previously), gender-based violence had increased.
community health work is work, not 'voluntary'. Precarious work is a threat for public health, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 11, 2020
Community health work is work This article on universal health coverage day is based upon insights from several community health workers, all female, who assert that their work is 'work' and essential work, and not 'voluntary' - and rightly so. Former UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Health and senior lawyer Anand Grover also supports them,

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