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Can we end tobacco pandemic without holding industry liable?
This article is based on key interviews with experts on recent decisions adopted by 181 governments last week in global tobacco treaty meeting. Major decisions were adopted to stop Big Tobacco's interference in health policy including progress on liability (financial and legal)
Monday, October 1, 2018(1 comments)
Fully funding the TB response is a smart investment
This article is based upon in-depth interview with health financing expert who explains when studies show governments will gain $33 from every $1 spent on TB then why don't they see investing in TB as smart investment?
Thursday, September 27, 2018(1 comments)
Ending antimicrobial resistance is the lynchpin to #endTB as well as health security
This article is based upon series of interviews from top global health experts including deputy head of WHO on rising drug resistance that is making curable+preventable diseases, untreatable. Heads of governments of 193 nations are meeting this week in UN General Assembly, one of the focus is to end TB by 2030. But can we end TB unless we end drug resistance (antimicrobial resistance)?
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Is it the final countdown to #endTB?
As you be following global news that all heads of 193 countries are meeting at 73rd UN General Assembly this week. For the first-time ever historically, TB is on the agenda. Will world leaders act to end TB by 2030 (a promise they made at UNGA in 2015?)?
Saturday, September 1, 2018(3 comments)
Tip of the iceberg? Not just health hazards, tobacco devastates development
Later this month heads of all countries will meet at 73rd UN General Assembly, to debate on "sustainable societies". Tobacco killing 7 million people every year, and causing economic loss of US$ 1.04 Trillion, besides poverty, harm to environment and other dev, they cannot ignore the issue if they really want sustainable societies for everyone.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Will SimpliciTB make TB treatment simpler?
This article is based upon interviews with key scientists and other researchers involved with pathbreaking scientific study that is giving a hope of ONE drug regimen for all TB patients, regardless of drug resistance profile of patient,
Friday, August 24, 2018
Environment and lung health are vital for sustainable societies
This article is based on the reality that environmental health and lung health are inalienable. It is great to see medical science taking more cognizance of it now.
Hope Heads of 193 countries who will meet at UN General Assembly next month to debate on SUSTAINABLE SOCIETIES will take note of it!
Friday, August 3, 2018(1 comments)
Existence of civil society is under threat
This article is based upon several interviews/interactions of Dr Hodgson from civil-society members from different groups/countries on shrinking civil-society spaces that impede development and rights.
Slump in fight against #AIDS can derail progress made so far!
This article based upon experts who were among the first to begin HIV care in their countries/ state -- on are we on track to end AIDS, or is there a slump in the fight against AIDS? The reality is that fight against AIDS is slowing down/ slackening -- which threatens to derail the work done so far.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Ending AIDS, the Dutch way
Amsterdam city in Netherlands, became the first city in the world to overshoot the targets set for 2020 (called 90:90:90), which are towards ending AIDS by 2030. The rest of the world has lot of lessons to learn from here, and with this intent is below article based upon exclusive interview we did with Netherland's Ambassador.
Defending the environmental defenders
This article is based upon series of interviews with women human rights and environmental defenders in several countries of Asia Pacific. Please consider as governments meet to review their promise of sustainable development next month,
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Climate justice is integral to development justice
This article is based upon interview with Misun Woo who forcibly calls for recognizing linkages between women's rights, climate change and efforts of our governments to ensure sustainable development for everyone.
Air pollution is an invisible killer: Denial will cost lives!
Over 80% of the world's cities have pollution levels exceeding WHO's guidelines for safe air. Climate change and air pollution are closely interrelated, further escalating the economic costs and health hazards for humankind. Yet it does not seem to be invoking governments to act with the compelling urgency.
Will a feminist fossil-fuel-free future lead us to sustainable development?
This article is based upon an interview with senior gender justice activist who has been dedicatedly working for reducing inequalities and seeking development justice for several years now: Kate Lappin. Her photo is also attached,
As governments of countries in the world are currently meeting at the UN to share progress on sustainable development, it is right time for a reality check on how can we achieve these goals
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Cleaning up the air we breathe
This article puts the spotlight on a very neglected lung health issue which despite enormous burden, is not getting due attention globally -- especially in low and middle income nations. Governments are meeting next week in May 2017 at World Health Assembly to decide the work plan of the WHO and elect new head - hope they pay attention!
Monday, May 8, 2017
Bringing TB out of the shadows
Despite TB is an age-old disease and curable, TB stigma and shame still lurks in our communities -- patients at times commit suicide, are abandoned by their own families or face varied forms of discrimination. This article features viewpoints of female and male TB survivors, experts, film stars on TB stigma and shame.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Keeping workforce healthy is also a smart business strategy
Several studies have shown strong evidence why it is important for industries to prioritise health of their workforce. Healthier workforce is not only a social justice imperative but higher productivity and staff retention yields more benefits for public health and boosts businesses too.
This article explores how businesses and innovative partnerships locally are contributing to fight against TB
SDGs should not be the icing on business-as-usual 'cake'
This article is based upon several interviews on issues people want governments to raise in inter-governmental meetings that will begin later this week in Thailand for sustainable-development agenda of 2030.
Looking forward, and hope governments read people's voices!
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Ending TB is going to be hard but "hard is not impossible"
This in-depth article is based upon interview with one of senior-most TB experts in India who has invested over 30 years in fight against TB. What went well, what could have gone better in past 2-3 decades and how to end TB by 2030 -- are some of the areas he shares his insights on.
#BeTheChange: It is about growing in years, not about getting old!
This article is based on unique needs of ageing populations as well as important contributions elderly make for the society as well as for economy. Governments have committed for development (SDGs) and it also includes the elderly.
We interviewed European Union's Head of Cooperation on ageing issues and the role EU is playing in helping other nations in southeast Asia too. VIDEO and PODCAST links are also attached.
Monday, December 5, 2016
It is not enough to promise, we must act to #endAIDS
Please consider this article based upon interview with a doctor who was among the first few doctors who came forward to care for people living with HIV when first case got diagnosed in India in 1986. He has several 'firsts' to his credit including India's first AIDS clinic.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies"
Please consider this in-depth interview with a senior expert who earlier was one of the forces in national TB programme and now is a major lead at national AIDS programme. Earlier he had worked on polio eradication and other health issues. He shares key insights on how governments can keep promises (SDGs) to end TB and HIV by 2030.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Complacency breeds failure: Consolidate efforts to #endAIDS by 2030
Please consider this in-depth article based upon interview with India's top HIV scientist who is the Director of Government's AIDS Research Institute in lead up to World AIDS Day 2016. He raises key points with very clear way-forward recommendations on how to fast-track progress to end AIDS by 2030 (as promised by governments of all UN member countries).
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Alarming rates of lung diseases warrant urgent action
This article is focussed on a very important issue: lung health. Risk factors for lung diseases are also common (tobacco or pollution for example) and that is why comprehensive response is important to address this key issue because we all need clean air and healthy lungs to live life fully!
Saving the next generation from HIV
This article is based upon interviews with medical experts who have spent years trying to prevent HIV transmission in new born children from their parents -- and -- taking care of children living with HIV. Few countries have recently eliminated HIV in new born infants -- showing to the world that it is possible!
Thursday, October 6, 2016(1 comments)
ASICON 2016 calls for making HIV a chronic, manageable condition in reality
Indian government approved the amendments to HIV/AIDS Bill which will strongly help to end discrimination against people living with HIV yesterday. Science tells us and theoretically it is possible to make HIV a chronic, manageable disease BUT in reality for most people living with HIV that theory is yet to be translated in reality!
Monday, October 3, 2016
Kenya has done it, when will the rest of us?
This article is based upon interview with a senior government official of Kenya's national TB programme. Kenya is first country in the world that has started roll-out of first-ever child-friendly TB drugs -- other nations need to follow suit too!
Friday, September 23, 2016
Fuel your heart and power your life...
This article is based upon interviews with leading experts including noted cardiologist in lead up to this year's World Heart Day. Hypertension is emerging as major risk factor for cardio-vascular diseases and referred to as 'silent killer'.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Reality check: How are countries taking care of their ageing populations?
This is an article below based upon interviews with experts from different countries on how specific nations are taking care of ageing populations. With increasing age, health and well-being take their toll. Non-communicable diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes and dementia, are becoming more widespread. Yet, health and social security systems in the region are under-prepared to meet the needs of older persons.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016(1 comments)
For age is opportunity no less than youth itself...
This is a very special article based upon an inspiring story of 88 years old (or young?) Mrs Mua and how a community-based response is taking care of ageing people. The author Shobha Shukla is herself 65years+ and exemplifying what she is writing in her own life too. Thanks a lot for all support,
Simulated patient study sheds new light on antibiotic use in India
(CNS): Overuse and/or misuse of antibiotics has led to antimicrobial resistant superbugs pose a global health emergency. This threat is particularly great in India, that has the highest burden of TB in the world and is also the world's largest consumer of antibiotics. Lancet published study finds it is NOT the pharmacists who are spreading antibiotic resistance! Read more!
Integrated TB-HIV responses are a must to meet Sustainable Development Goals
This article is based on a range of interviews with experts from different sectors on why integrated responses are a must for governments to deliver on the promises they made of delivering on SDGs by 2030 -- including linkages between TB, HIV and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Health responses in SILOS will fail us. Integrated responses are a must. People are living with HIV but dying of TB, hepatitis or NCDs etc.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Self-stigma: Let us do more than just 'talk about it'
Please consider a special article based upon interviews with number of people who are living with HIV for 20+ years, on a very neglected issue: self-stigma or shame, and how self-stigma interferes with how a person engages with life, care and services.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Battling with three diseases and still going strong
This is an important article based upon an interview with a person living with three diseases, and her doctor. Integrated-health responses are a must because often the person dealing with a range of health issues is same!
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
We cannot eliminate TB if we leave children behind
It is unbelievable but true that children have been forgotten in TB care and control till very recently. It is our moral obligation to protect our children. No child should get TB and no child should die of it. What we need is a strategy and not empty talks. Merely signing on the dotted line is just not enough. There has to be the political will to transform words into action.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Count the people at HIV risk right: Is money being spent or sitting in banks?
This article is based upon few interviews with scientists -- studies reveal that international aid to fight HIV, TB and malaria that went to top 20 countries were often sitting in banks for months to year or more! Also size estimates of high-risk key populations were smaller, much smaller in countries that criminalize behaviours, and service coverage was inflated.
Right to road must first go to pedestrians, non-motorised vehicles
Governments of all UN member countries have committed to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020. But progress on these promises in most low & middle income countries is either not there or abysmally slow on making roads safer for everyone, including children.
Towards a TB free India: It cannot be a lone battle
A TB Free India is not possible without support of civil society organizations (CSOs) working in the field of maternal, child and adolescent health, nutrition, anti-tobacco use, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. Read an article based upon interviews with experts from different sectors on how to collaborate together to accelerate progress towards TB free India