Would you like to know how many people have visited this page? Or how reputable the author is? Simply
sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Plus a lot more, too.
I have 2 fans: Become a Fan. You'll get emails whenever I post articles on OpEd News
Citizen News Service (CNS) specializes in in-depth and rights-based, health and science journalism. For more information, please contact: www.citizen-news.org or @cns_health or www.facebook.com/cns.page
SHARE 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 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.
SHARE 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?
(1 comments) SHARE 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,
SHARE 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 ....
SHARE 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!
SHARE 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)?
SHARE 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)?
SHARE 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
SHARE 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?
SHARE 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
SHARE 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,
SHARE 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
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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?