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(3 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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'.
SHARE 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!
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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,
SHARE 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?
SHARE 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
SHARE 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,
SHARE 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,