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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)

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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?

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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)?

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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)     

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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.

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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,

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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!

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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.

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Where are the nurses in the HIV response? This article explores vital gap in HIV programming: missing out engaging nurses as meaningfully as they should have been ideally for optimal programme outcomes.

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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.

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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.

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Social entrepreneurship: Partnership platforms for sustainable societies This article is based upon series of interviews featuring social entrepreneurship for sustainable societies, from several countries"

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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,

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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.

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Mind-Energy technique for management of challenging ailments This article written by renowned doctor-surgeon and medical scientist, who is our columnist, focuses on power of mind energy in healing of his patients who undergo specialized surgeries.

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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.

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Bad politics put people at risk of TB, but is TB on the political agenda?

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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

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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!

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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.

Positive TB on microscopy Thursday, May 4, 2017     

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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

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How will we avert asthma deaths without definitive diagnostics and universal access to effective treatment? This article on World Asthma Day 2017 is based upon interviews with two global Asthma experts -- as well as a person living a normal life with asthma. There is no definitive diagnostics and care is beyond reach of many in need. There is no cure for asthma too but if people with asthma can manage it well then they can live life NORMALLY. Productively. And avoid emergency hospitalization and avert preventable death!

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Inter-sectoral and well-coordinated battle to #endTB is imperative to deliver on Agenda 2030 Please consider this article around World Health Day 2017 and important and innovative meet happening around it to engage different ministries (health and non-health) as well as film stars.

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"Storms make trees take deeper roots": Insights of a cancer survivor with indomitable spirit This article is in lead up to 2017 World Health Day based upon personal experience and inspiring story of a cancer survivor...

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North-South perspectives on Istanbul Principles and Agenda 2030 for sustainable development Warm greetings. Please consider an important article based upon interviews with people's leaders from rich and poor nations, from "north" and "south" -- from Ireland in Europe to Pakistan in Asia. They both focus on how can we work towards a just social order.

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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!

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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.

Sunday, March 5, 2017     

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[International Women's Day 2017 special] Emotional support is crucial for TB patients This is a story of courage in lead up to International Women's Day 2017, based upon interview with a woman who had survived extra-pulmonary TB and has taken up the mantle to help other people undergoing similar therapy to better cope with the disease and get cured.

Shobha Shukla, CNS (L), Dr Chitra Chandrashekar (R) Thursday, February 9, 2017     

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We must bequeath good air to our next generation... This article based upon an interview with award-winning scientist Dr Chitra Chandrashekar, whose research will help India in its fight against TB and commitment to end TB by 2030.

Dr Navneet Singh, PGIMER (L), Shobha Shukla, CNS (C) and Dr Marzi Mehta, surgical oncologist (R) Wednesday, February 1, 2017     

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World Cancer Day: Ensure the right treatment at the right time to every patient World Cancer Day is on 4th February 2017. 190+ governments have committed to REDUCE cancer deaths by one-third by 2030. But cancer deaths are RISING or NOT declining fast enough to keep these promises. Read more on how to accelerate progress on saving lives from cancer.

Jerome Pons, European Union (EU) Head of Cooperation in Malaysia and Thailand Friday, January 27, 2017     

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#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.

Dr Ishwar Gilada, National President of AIDS Society of India (ASI) Monday, December 5, 2016     

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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.

Dr KS Sachdeva, one of key leaders of India's AIDS programme Saturday, December 3, 2016     

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"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     

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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).

Dr Ishwar Gilada, National President of AIDS Society of India (ASI) Wednesday, November 23, 2016     

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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!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016     

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Effective partnerships are necessary to increase tobacco control outcomes This article is based upon interview with noted global expert on tobacco control on how cross-sector effective partnerships can help increase the public health impact.

Partnerships beyond ministries of health are important to increase progress towards #endTB Thursday, November 3, 2016     

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We all can work, but together we win: Unite to #EndTB This article is based upon in-depth interview with head of global TB programme of the WHO. He shares what went well and not-so-well in past 25 years and how can we accelerate progress towards #endTB by 2030.

Hope for shorter and more effective new TB drugs Friday, October 28, 2016     

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Transforming hope into reality for patients of drug-resistant TB This article provides an update on latest research for better TB drugs - especially for drug resistant forms of tuberculosis

US Congressman Dr Jim McDermott received Lifetime Achievement Award of AIDS Society of India in Mumbai Sunday, October 16, 2016 (1 comments)     

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AIDS is a political disease and a medical scourge, says US Congressman Please consider this article based upon interview with US Congressman and public health expert Dr Jim McDermott who has been serving since 1989 and was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award of AIDS Society of India in Mumbai last week.

When few countries can end HIV transmission from parents to children, then why cannot we? Saturday, October 8, 2016     

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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!

Dr Ishwar Gilada, National President of AIDS Society of India (ASI) and ASICON 2016 Thursday, October 6, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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!

Dr Immaculate Kathure, Child TB Services Coordinator, Kenya National TB Programme Monday, October 3, 2016     

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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!

Preventing cardio-vascular diseases is a public health imperative: Prof Rishi Sethi of KGMU Friday, September 23, 2016     

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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'.

Caring for the elderly is a human rights imperative Monday, September 19, 2016     

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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.

88 years old (or young) Mrs Mua (in white dress, 2nd from left) Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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,

Dr John Beard, Director, WHO Dept of Ageing and Life-course Saturday, September 10, 2016     

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Moving beyond stereotypes: Responding to unheeded needs of the ageing populations This article is based upon interview with World Health Organization (WHO)'s Director of Department of ageing and life-course. He speaks how can governments improve care of ageing populations. Elderly can be assets for national development if support and services are optimally provided

Dr John Beard, Director, WHO Dept of Ageing and Life-course Wednesday, September 7, 2016     

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Female face of ageing in Asia Pacific Interesting article based upon data and experts' interviews on how (and why) are women more impacted by ageing than men -- author herself is 65 years.

WHO declares Sri Lanka as malaria-free! Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Sri Lanka declared free of malaria - must remain vigilant World Health Organization has certified Sri Lanka as malaria-free. So many lessons to learn for other countries to deliver on their promise to eliminate malaria by 2030.

Friday, August 26, 2016     

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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!

Knowing disease burden accurately is important for ending TB by 2030 Friday, August 26, 2016     

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New study pegs the number of TB cases in India at double the current estimates Based upon a new study that was published today in The Lancet.

Shobha Shukla CNS Editor (left) and Amruta Soni transgender leader (right) Wednesday, August 17, 2016     

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Frontline voices: To be a transgender living with HIV in India This article is based upon an inspiring life-story of a transgender living with HIV in India and how she is striving hard to bring a difference in lives of not only transgender community but also women across the country.

Living with HIV but dying of TB - or NCDs such as diabetes - is unacceptable! Wednesday, July 27, 2016     

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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.

I am not good enough: Is that true? Tuesday, July 26, 2016     

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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     

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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!

No child should die of TB Wednesday, July 20, 2016     

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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.

Why is global aid money locked up in banks? Tuesday, July 19, 2016     

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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.

Nomampondo Barnabas,Civil Society Liaison Officer, International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union) Friday, July 15, 2016     

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International AIDS Conferences: From Durban to Durban - has anything changed in 16 years? This article reflects on progress (or lack of) made between 2000 and 2016 in fight against AIDS. Incidentally 13th International AIDS Conference was held in Durban in 2000 and Durban is again hosting 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) this month.

Helmets for riders and pillion riders of all two wheelers can be life saving! Saturday, July 9, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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.

Rapid diagnostic test and shorter, cheaper treatment for MDR-TB a reality Thursday, July 7, 2016     

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MDR-TB treatment regimen: Short indeed is beautiful This is an article based upon interviews with key researchers whose research led to reducing treatment duration of MDR-TB from 2+ years to few months.

Saturday, June 25, 2016     

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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

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