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When lockdown was clamped in India, it was the people-networks that ensured lifesaving HIV medicines reach those in need, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 20, 2022
During the lockdown, community led from the front in ensuring HIV treatment reaches people Please consider the below article based on interviews with former president of national network of people living with HIV, and top epidemiologist and HIV scientist. Both share how people living with HIV home delivered (or where people preferred closer to their homes) lifesaving medicines when lockdown was clamped during COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to ensure uninterrupted treatment for those living with HIV
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Inequity and health security: will the poison that blinds, open our eyes too? Inequity has historically plagued our health system, and COVID-19 or, more recently monkeypox, only exposed it in all rawness and ugliness. For instance, monkeypox has been killing people in African nations since last 50 years, but only when rich nations felt threatened by it, there is a hue and cry. More on this in the article.
One Health approach is the bedrock for human health, animal health and environment protection, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 3, 2022
Local leaders unitedly push for One Health approach. Will G20 leaders tango? Local leaders like Mayors, Members of Parliament (including Ministers of Health) and other experts call for #OneHealth approach as large number of diseases affecting humans have origins in animals, including COVID-19 and Monkeypox. To avert such pandemics, we need One Health, to care for human health, animal health and environment. 6-7 June 2022 is next (second) meeting of G20 leaders Health Working Gp. Will they pay heed?
We can prevent TB, diagnose TB, treat TB, then why did 1.5 million people die of TB last year?, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 23, 2022
Latest advancements in TB science in spotlight This article presents a summary of latest scientific advancements in TB science presented recently. TB science is NEWS because so rarely we get a new TB test, new TB medicine, better or shorter treatment, or less toxic medicines. We still use microscopy that is over a 100 years old tool for diagnosis! That is why we are sharing top highlights of latest TB science below,
Every disease and death caused by tobacco could have been prevented. Save lives, endgame of tobacco is a human rights imperative, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 20, 2022
Far from the promise of endgame, tobacco epidemic continues... This article is based on the latest data of Global Tobacco Atlas released this week in lead up to World No Tobacco Day. Although tobacco use has slightly declined, yet increase in tobacco use in young children and so-called 'novel' products is very disturbing fact. If governments fail on promise of endgame of tobacco, we will also fail on sustainable development and COVID-19 control ....
Latest episode (5th) of The Dose Podcast premiered on 2022 World TB Day worldwide, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Drug-resistant TB: Are we converting scientific breakthroughs into public-health gains? Please consider the below article based on insights from world's top 2 scientists who were leading one of the two important studies that resulted in big relief for people with drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis: results show that treatment duration can be shorter (from 2 years it is reduced to 6 months), much less toxic, treatment outcomes are better (from 40-58% treatment success goes up to 90%)" but few have access!
Combination prevention of HIV transmission must remain an essential part of HIV response worldwide, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Prevention is better than cure, and is cheaper too! This article is based on interviews with few experts on disease prevention. Preventing transmission of an infectious disease must remain centre-stage while we diagnose-treat and care for those already infected. Otherwise how will we eliminate preventable diseases like TB or end AIDS (as promised by governments to end TB and AIDS by 2030)?
Organized Medicine Academic Guild leaders at 13th ASICON in Hyderabad, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 4, 2022
Is our response to pandemics and health emergencies missing organized medicine? This article is based on three experts who call for bringing all different medical and health specialities together - so that they can have a unified voice and inform and help shape responses to health emergencies. Healthcare workers are also part of solutions,
end AIDS is a human rights imperative: Dr Ishwar Gilada, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 3, 2022
We can #endAIDS now if undetectable equals untransmittable becomes a reality for all persons living with HIV This article is based on insights from HIV medical and scientific experts. We have lifesaving antiretroviral therapy for every person living with HIV but everyone with HIV is not aware of his/her status, everyone is not receiving these medicines and that is why, undetectable is not becoming equal to untransmittable too + poor quality of life for those who are left out of HIV care.
Few countries have already ended the endemic transmission of TB. Why cannot every country globally can do so?, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 28, 2022
Are we ready to give it all to #endTB? This article is based on insights from several scientists, epidemiologists and experts from Asia Pacific region on what it will take for the governments to keep the promise to end TB by 2030 (in India the government has promised to end TB by 2025). Are different ministries, departments, agencies working closely together to end risk factors of TB (like malnutrition, tobacco, alcohol, NCDs, etc)?
SMSV (Sanitation, Masks, Social Distancing, Vaccination) is key as we open up social mixing and economic activities, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 25, 2022
Preventing disease and strengthening health system are key while we open up economies This article is based on insights from several infectious disease and public health leaders. COVID-19 cases are rising in some parts of Asia but COVID-19 prevention protocols are being relaxed rapidly. Experts call for reinforcing layered approach to disease prevention (masks, sanitation, social distancing, vaccination) along with stronger and equitable health systems for all. Science-backed and evidence-based response is key
Ending TB is essential cog-in-the-wheel if we are to deliver on SDGs, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 24, 2022
Will Himalayan Indian state eliminate tuberculosis by 2023? This article is based on interview of frontline health worker of one of the cities that is aiming to end TB in next 21 months. He leads TB prog of Kangra city in Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, India. Will Kangra keep the promise to eliminate TB by 2023? Only 21 months are left to keep the promise, and with alarming numbers of new cases and deaths (and additional adverse impact of COVID), are we on track?
TB is preventable. Then why did 10 million people get the active TB disease last year? Why 1.5 million died of TB?, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 23, 2022
World TB Day | Treatment of the world's oldest epidemic: the past, present and future This article presents latest scientific advancements in treating an ancient disease which still kills over 1.5 million people every year despite being preventable - tuberculosis (TB). World TB Day is 24 March.
War must end. Peace is the only way forward for resolving conflicts and to deliver on every goal and target of SDGs. No health without peace, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 15, 2022
No #HealthForAll without peace: Attack on healthcare facilities is war crime, must stop This article is based on statements of head of United Nations health agency (World Health Organization - WHO) and other experts that healthcare facilities, healthcare workers, transport etc have been attacked in the ongoing Ukraine-Russia armed conflict. Earlier UN Secretary General had denounced attack on healthcare facilities as war crime. Hope war ends asap
self-testing is important cog-in-the-wheel to ensure we know the epidemic we fighting, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 11, 2022
Perils of not knowing our epidemic: Could reducing testing be counter-productive? Please consider this article. As you know, the UN health agency (WHO) has issued new guidance for self-tests this week. We as CNS were part of 100 organizations and experts since January 2022 that were calling upon WHO to give green light to self-tests. Also, 11th March marks 2 years of WHO declaring COVID a pandemic. Here is a report, thanks for support,
Large pictorial health warnings are among essential public health interventions for effectively reducing tobacco use. Plain packaging is even better, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 3, 2022
Writing is on the wall: Pictorial health warnings reduce tobacco use This article is based upon a recent scientific research data that adds to the evidence of effectiveness of graphic pictorial health warnings on all tobacco products in 1) preventing children and young people from beginning tobacco use, and 2) encouraging those who use to quit. This was presented earlier this week at Johns Hopkins University course by the researchers interviewed for this article. thanks
Latest HIV research gives hope for better, safer treatment and prevention options, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 25, 2022
Game-changing HIV research offers hope for people with HIV and to end AIDS This article presents the latest research on HIV treatment and prevention presented at the global CROI congress in US. Shobha presents simplified highlights of few breakthroughs that are already reaching people in some nations as well as most promising ones in research pipelines,
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 20, 2022
Pandemic is not over yet by a long shot: Deaths rose every week in 2022 This article is based on latest data of WHO on COVID-19 (deaths rising every week in 2022) and insights from health experts on why letting go off caution at this stage is a bit too early!
Lot more action is needed to save lives from hepatitis and reduce number of new infections every year, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 10, 2022
Asia Pacific local leaders unite with renewed pledge to end viral hepatitis by 2030 This article is based on important development where local leaders (Mayors, MPs, other local government leaders) of 79 cities of several nations in Asia and the Pacific region have united to end viral hepatitis by 2030 (in next 106 months). This is important because we do need stronger local action to translate 'global goals' into public health gains and social welfare gains.
How will people know if they are positive for COVID-19 without testing be made available, accessible to everyone?, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 7, 2022
Will UN health agency give green light for using COVID-19 self-tests? This article is based upon interview with expert and an open letter issued by over hundred organizations and experts calling upon the WHO to issue guidelines for use of COVID-19 self-tests. Unless people know their status how will they protect their family and communities from further infection spread? Unless people know their disease status, how will they seek out to clinical care pathway?

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