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Moment of truth is here: either we deliver on sustainable development where no one is left behind, or end tobacco, now., From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 30, 2020
No excuse for inaction: #EndTobacco to prevent epidemics of diseases and deaths This article is for 2020 World No Tobacco Day. For so many years there was plethora of scientific evidence that tobacco kills, and causes life-threatening diseases. But now it is also a risk factor for conditions that increase risk of serious outcomes of COVID-19 including death. It also causes an economic loss of US$ 1.4 trillion every year, besides environment damag. End tobacco is an imperative if we are to deliver on SDGs
End all sexual and other forms of gender-based violence, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 24, 2020
Rise in gender-based violence during COVID-19 warrants a gendered response This article is based on interviews with four experts from different countries (USA/ Fiji, Tonga, Cambodia and Laos/ Thailand) on how gender-based violence is rising (or not) during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, especially impacting women and girls. Along with a public health emergency, this violence crisis is also brewing. Our pandemic preparedness needs a gendered response
Members of Parliament (MPs), Mayors, Governors from Asia Pacific nations and WHO head of TFI and The Union Asia Pacific Deputy Director, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 22, 2020
Governments' accountability for responding to COVID-19, NCDs and tobacco epidemics In lead up to 2020 World No Tobacco Day, this article is based on responses from senior government leaders (MPs, Mayors, Governors) from Asia Pacific nations and WHO head of tobacco free initiative on link between COVID-19 and non-communicable diseases and tobacco, as well as on the accountability of the government in responding to the pandemics.
Stronger public health system is the only way to ensure health security for everyone, where last person comes first, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 18, 2020
Stronger universal public health services, not privatization, will deliver #HealthForAll This article argues that COVID-19 has made us all realize how important are stronger public health services for everyone. Our individual health security is dependent on other people's health security too - and same for social security. Please consider,
Mahatma Gandhi's talisman:
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 17, 2020
Gandhi's talisman is best guiding light to reform public health This article makes a case on why ensuring health security for poorest of the poor is key to ensure health and social security for all, and puts Gandhi's old talisman as the central pivot
International Nurses' Day is to celebrate the critical role of nurses in Health for all, and also to ensure decent work, decent pay and protection of all their rights, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 11, 2020
Nurses unite to demand universal public health This article is based on interviews with nurses from different countries (South Korea, Philippines, Australia, India) to mark 200 years of Florence Nightingale on 12 May, International Nurses' Day. WHO has declared the year of 2020 as International year of the Nurses and Midwives,
Chu Viet Nga of HelpAge International shares her work on intergenerational model to help care for the older people, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Intergenerational model gives hope even during pandemics This article documents how intergenerational model works to help support every generation, but especially care of the older people. COVID-19 pandemic has severe impact on older people and such intergenerational models give hope,
Aditi Ghosh is Deputy Director of Humanitarian Programme at International Planned Parenthood Federation, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 3, 2020
Women bear the brunt of humanitarian disasters, including COVID-19 This article is based on few interviews with those people who are helping respond to rising violence and other humanitarian crisis women are facing during COVID-19 and other emergency situations,
Prof Dede Oetomo, a widely respected voice for LGBT rights and justice, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 21, 2020
COVID-19 makes the bag of woes heavier for marginalized populations This article is based on interviews with few experts who come from marginalized groups, and share their experiences on how COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their lives in a range of ways. These are difficult times for so many people but for those who were already struggling for justice and rights, COVID-19 pandemic has added to their woes.
End tobacco is an urgent priority to advance towards Health For All especially in times of COVID-19 pandemics and crises, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 19, 2020
Will Indonesia mitigate COVID-19 by enforcing stronger tobacco control and ratifying global tobacco treaty? This article is based on the letter sent to the President of Indonesia by 42 associations of experts of cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases, physicians, farmers, journalists, public health, academicians, among others demanding stronger enforcement of tobacco control because tobacco use directly increases risk of non-communicable diseases (heart diseases, stroke, cancers, diabetes etc) which elevates risk of COVID-19
reproductive health services are also essential services, and more so during pandemics like COVID-19, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Sexual and reproductive health services are essential services, even during pandemics On eve of World Health Day on 7 April, this important article reminds us that reproductive-health services are essential services, even in pandemics like coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Thanks to The Union and APCAT for the photo, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 3, 2020
Corona virus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is a grim reminder of what ails one, ails us all This article is on corona virus disease (COVID-19). It is indeed a test of time for health systems as they are so strained with the pandemic, but also our social security systems are on a test as never before.
Dr Ishwar Gilada is among the 1st doctors who began HIV care in India when first case got diagnosed, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 21, 2020
Is HIV epidemic outpacing the AIDS response in Asia Pacific? This article reviews progress Asia-Pacific countries have made towards 2020 goals (which are in line with the target to end AIDS by 2030). Just nine months are left to meet 2020 goals and 129 months left to end AIDS globally.
Tomoko Fukuda, Regional Director of Internatonal Planned Parenthood Federation for East and South-East Asia and Oceania, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 6, 2020
Universal access to sexual and reproductive health services is a human rights imperative This article in lead up to 2020 International Women's Day (IWD 2020) is based on an interview with a strong voice on gender justice who has spearheaded gender advocacy in several countries in Asia and the Pacific.
International Women's Day March, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 4, 2020
"No stepping out" is the life-influencing message of breast cancer thriver This is a special article to mark International Women's Day, written by 5-times cancer survivor who calls herself 'cancer thriver'. She is currently taking chemotherapy for 5th time in Delhi. Her message is, NO STEPPING OUT. She shares her journey, and message for those going through similar experience,
Björn Andersson, UNFPA regional director for Asia and the Pacific region, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 24, 2020
Gender equity and human rights are pivotal for advancing progress on SDGs This article features our interview with head of United Nations Population Fund (in Asia Pacific) on why progressing on gender equity and human rights is critical cog in the wheel to deliver on sustainable development goals. He reflects on key challenges such as gender based violence, preventable maternal deaths, child marriages, etc.
Dr Chivorn Var, convener of #APCRSHR10 and Executive Director of Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 9, 2020
Accelerating progress on sexual & reproductive health & rights is key driver towards SDGs This article is based on interview with head of biggest Asia Pacific regional meet on reproductive and sexual health and rights later this year. To ensure health security for everyone, especially the marginalized people, we need to ensure progress on health and other areas too (poverty, infrastructure, economy, social security, etc). Dr Var makes a strong point,
Public Private partnership is EQUAL to privatisation, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 13, 2020
Niti Aayog must stop plan to privatise public health This article underlines why it is so critically important to strengthen public health services and systems and stop privatisation. It is co-authored by Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Dr Sandeep Pandey.
new child-friendly medicines for children living with HIV is on the horizon, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 8, 2019
A new formulation of life-saving medicines on the anvil for children living with HIV Please consider the below article based upon interview with expert behind a new child-friendly formulation of life-saving medicines for children who are HIV positive. So far, the medicines we had for children living with HIV were not only, not child-friendly but also needed refrigeration and other challenges.
Dr Haileyesus Getahun, Director of Global Coordination and Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance, World Health Organization (WHO), From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 3, 2019
We cannot end AIDS without combating antimicrobial resistance This article is based upon interviews with head of antimicrobial resistance at the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as another medical expert who began HIV care when first case got diagnosed in the country. Antimicrobial resistance is making medicines, ineffective - we cannot afford to lose meds,

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