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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 3, 2014
Management of respiratory diseases beyond drugs: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Pulmonary rehabilitation is an evidence-based multidisciplinary and comprehensive intervention for patients with chronic respiratory diseases who are symptomatic. It is based on a thorough patient assessment and integrated into the individualized treatment of the patient.
51-365 (Year 7) Blood oxygen level, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 29, 2014
Oxygen therapy is like a prescription drug: Use it rationally An optimum amount of oxygen is essential for the functioning and survival of all body tissues and even a few minutes deprivation can prove fatal. When saturation level of oxygen in the body falls due to some respiratory illness or injury then we need to replenish it artificially to maintain an optimum level by giving oxygen therapy to the patient.
GHIT CEO Dr BT Slingsby, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 6, 2015
New funding boosts research for controlling TB, malaria, dengue and leishmaniasis major investment has come from Japan to accelerate research for controlling and eliminating 4 diseases: TB, malaria, dengue and leishmaniasis. The interview with Dr Slingsby was done via phone,
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 23, 2015
Progress made but work remains on firewalling health policy from tobacco industry Considerable progress has been made in different countries globally in protecting public-health policy from tobacco-industry interference, but certainly lot more work needs to be done. 2012 World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) Declaration called on all governments to firewall health policy from tobacco-industry interference. Have we done that by now?
Healthy mind is key: World Health Day, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 7, 2015
World Health Day: No substitute to healthy mind We all aspire to be healthy and at times go to great lengths to ward off sickness. The fight against disease begins early on in life with responsible parents ensuring that their kids are administered all available vaccinations ((although there is a small lobby that is against this important preventive measure); as much as possible...
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 23, 2015
Nepal leading tobacco control in South Asia: Will it spiral domino effect on other nations? Nepal is in spotlight in South Asian region by demonstrating high commitment to tobacco control and also acting on the ground! Recognizing Nepal's leadership, the country was awarded the prestigious 'Bloomberg Philanthropies Award for Global Tobacco Control'.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Call to stop water privatization and strengthen public water systems call for the World Bank to end its destructive promotion of water privatization under the guise of development. After a week of meetings, including high level events on water, no action has been taken to address the coalition’s concerns.
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Land Acquisition Bill takes away rights of farmers and pits them against 'Make in India' With the government calling the Land Acquisition Bill pro-farmer and pro-development and most of opposition parties and social activists opposing it as anti-farmer, it is useful to sieve through the noise and look at the changes proposed and what existed earlier.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 27, 2015
Vietnam's major regional thrust for a malaria-free Asia Pacific by 2030 Vietnam signals greater regional leadership in malaria elimination by hosting health officials and experts to discuss challenges to achieving a malaria-free Asia Pacific by 2030.
Dr Soumya Swaminathan to lead Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Dept of Health Research, govt of India, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 17, 2015
Evidence is Top Priority Read an interview with India's top medical researcher who has recently been appointed to lead Indian Medical Research Council and Dept of Health Research, Govt of India. Dr Soumya Swaminathan has recently been appointed as Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary of Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
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,
Dr Susan Swindells of UNMC (left) and Shobha Shukla of CNS (right), From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 24, 2019
TB preventive therapy saves lives: Why is the rollout so poor? Please consider this article based upon interviews with few top scientists on TB prevention research. TB preventive therapy exists since 60 years, but still we failing to cut to prevent TB.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 26, 2014
Connecting the dots: Tobacco use, diabetes, and tuberculosis The nexus between tobacco use, diabetes, and tuberculosis cannot be ignored. Dr Anthony Harries, Senior Advisor, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, cites a study done in Korea last year, which shows that patients with TB who smoked and had diabetes were six times more likely to die than non-smokers and non-diabetes persons.
Beyond Labels, Beyond Borders global meet on #ClimateMigrantsRightsNow, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Reject false solutions to climate crisis: Manila initiative on rights of climate migrants gives hope Please consider this article based on interview with noted climate expert Tetet Nera Lauron and adoption of Manila Initiative on climate last week. Hope efforts to save our planet go in right direction,
Dr Bima Arya Sugiarto, Mayor, Bogor & Co-Chair APCAT (centre); Dr Tara Singh Bam of The Union (right) and Shobha Shukla of CNS (left), From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 23, 2019
Local solutions, local actions for #GlobalGoals to control tobacco and NCDs This article is based on interviews with key experts as well as elected local leaders like Mayors who are making a difference by acting locally to implement health policies to prevent diseases and avert untimely deaths.
WHO Air Quality Monitor screen-shot of Asia and the Pacific, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 5, 2018
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Indian approach to limb salvage for people with diabetes The Global Diabetic Foot Conference (DFcon 2014) concluded earlier this week in Los Angeles US. Citizen News Service (CNS) had an opportunity to interact with one of the key faculties and experts on an Indian approach to saving the limb for people who are living with diabetes.
Over 1 million medicines (new child-friendly TB meds) rolled out in 3 years, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 18, 2019
New milestone for improved treatment for children with TB Important milestone is reached with roll-out of over 1 million new first-ever child-friendly TB medicines globally (93 countries) in last 3 years. It is also important to note that 1 million children get TB disease every year.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 21, 2015
"Hard work is the key to success": Kamlesh This is an inspiring story of courage and determination of a woman who challenged deeply entrenched gender biases in agriculture sector and successfully established herself as a farmer.
India's national AIDS conference opens, only 133 months left to deliver on promise to end AIDS by 2030, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 22, 2019
133 months left to make U=U a reality for every person living with HIV This article is based upon interviews with key scientists on TB and HIV, on why it is key to make undetectable equals untransmittable (U=U) a reality for every person living with HIV, if we are to end TB and AIDS by 2030 (133 months left to meet these goals)
Very long way to go for development justice!, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 24, 2015
Through the people's lens: Modi's development model so far Story of Modi's development model so far: Cutting health and education expenditure, forcing land acquisition, buying expensive jets and unsafe nuclear power, benefitting Big Business, diluting employment guarantee, fanning communal fires, exploiting Ganga, curbing dissent and shielding governance from public scrutiny!
Vaccine against coronavirus: So near and yet so far?, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 23, 2020
A vaccine for COVID-19: So near and yet so far This article summarises all COVID-19 vaccine researches going on worldwide which are in phase-3 clinical human studies currently - and - what it means for us in terms of public health.
Health experts meet Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 18, 2019
Call for stronger action to end TB & tobacco, and prevent NCDs in Telangana Please consider this article based on discussion and memorandum submitted by senior medical experts and scientists and public health leaders to Governor of Telangana, Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan. There was a strong call made to accelerate progress towards meeting government's targets and UN goals to end TB and AIDS, and prevent NCDs,
Undetectable equals untransmissible has to be a reality in every person living with HIV's life, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Achieving 100:100:100 + zero HIV transmission is must to #endAIDS 193 governments have promised to end AIDS by 2030, but this is only possible when 100% of people living with HIV are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) and are virally supressed (so cannot transmit infection to others) + zero new cases. Reality check shows there is a long way ahead to end of AIDS.
(L to R) G Swamy Reddy, Pallavi, Shobha Shukla of CNS, and Raj Shekhar, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 28, 2019
Ground zero: Frontline champions lead the fight to #endTB as global meet opens in India This article is based on our visit to a local remote TB clinic in the same city (Hyderabad) where global TB meet is going to open later this week. It is the people on the frontlines who are real champions who often do not get their due recognition.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 9, 2014
Those who 'own little, live on little' carry highest burden of climate change But what astounded Alina Saba, a young indigenous woman participant from Limbu tribe of Nepal, was: "When I arrived in NYC, I was struck by the level of inequality that exists in this world. Just a few weeks ago I was in this remote community of Nepal who live on less than $1 a day. They do not have access to facilities like education, communication, healthcare and transportation.
Prevent TB to end TB, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 27, 2019
Are we forgetting that TB prevention is better than cure? Please consider the below article based upon several interviews with key experts on critical need to PREVENT TB, along with diagnosing-treating and curing it as far as possible, if we are to keep the promise to eliminate TB from this world by 2030. Prevention cannot take a backseat.
Dr Madhukar Pai speaking at Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi, India, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 1, 2015
No other way out: We need to early diagnose TB and treat with drugs that work It may sound rhetorical but some of the 'absolute must' steps for progressing towards ending tuberculosis (TB) are to early and accurately diagnose TB and treat with the standard combination of drugs that are sensitive and work for a particular patient. Although sounds simplistic yet these are 'easier said than done' steps!
All prevention measures should be leveraged for breaking the chain of COVID-19 transmission, From Uploaded
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 25, 2021
Get the vaccine shot but do not throw away the mask to fight COVID-19 This article is based upon insights from four top scientists from around the world on why all prevention measures are important along with vaccines (as of now) if we are to stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Women parliamentarians calling for accountability in democracy, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 25, 2015
Without real democracy, how will people hold governments to account? One of the major failures of current times is how democratic systems are being made ineffective so that people with a 'power of one vote' are not able to hold elected representatives to account. How else can governments get away with making promises and not delivering? Listen what few women parliamentarians have to say on this?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 21, 2014
Should India Sacrifice Agriculture For Trade? Well, any right-minded person would say NO. But the global, as well as the local media, has castigated India for not ratifying the Protocol of Amendment for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations in Geneva in July 2014, and for linking it to discussions for a permanent solution to the G-33's Food Security Proposal. India's refusal to tow the line of developed countries
Tomoko Fukuda, Regional Director of Internatonal Planned Parenthood Federation for East and South-East Asia and Oceania, From Uploaded
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.
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,
Experts believe tobacco endgame is possible, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 1, 2015
Hitting roadblocks to tobacco endgame The tobacco endgame is a public health and social justice imperative, says experts. But formidable challenges remain for countries who are rolling out tobacco control because of industry interference and range of other issues. This article explores further...
WHO Global TB Report launched, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 18, 2019
Speed is not enough, accelerating progress is key to end TB: new WHO report Please consider this article based on latest World Health Organization report launched today (17 October 2019) - world has made progress in fight against TB, but very little progress - at this rate we cannot meet the end TB targets unless progress gets rapidly accelerated,
High time transnational corporations are held to account for human rights violations, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 17, 2019
Corporations that abuse human rights are a threat to SDGs and our planet Our governments are meeting at the UN currently negotiating a global binding treaty on transnational corporations and business with respect to human rights.
Why are poor people worst-affected by climate crisis?, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 21, 2019
Inside out: Climate change induced migration This article is based on insights from people affected by climate migration from several places. Climate change is forcing one of the most underserved communities to migrate and this problem is only growing bigger with climate crisis growing manifold.
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,
If HIV positive people take ART therapy and viral load is undetectable, they live normal lives of love, hope and peace, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 28, 2019
A tale of two positives attracting each other This article is based on interviews with two HIV-positive people, a couple who are an example of what happens when HIV-positive people take antiretroviral therapy and have undetectable viral load: they live normal lives and are untransmittable (virus does not spread from them to anyone else) - which is scientifically proven too and basis for treatment-as-prevention approach.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 9, 2014
Regular cervical cancer screening, vaccination save lives Cervical cancer, a preventable cancer, continues to be the second-most-common cancer among women globally. Scientists and researchers from around the world brainstormed in sessions on cervical cancer management and control.
If public transport is good enough and safe spaces to walk and cycle exist, why will anyone buy a motor-vehicle?, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Why I did not renew my driving license? This article is based on the realization that if public transport was good enough, then private vehicle industry will become redundant on its own. Lack of safe spaces to walk or cycle or poor public transport, gives private industry a stronghold. For this reason I moved back to cycle, walk and using public transport since 2014, and did not renew my driving license too when it expired.
REACH Lilly MDR TB Partnership MEDIA AWARDS, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Journalists awarded for best reporting on TB In the run-up to World TB Day on 24 March, the REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership Media Awards 2014 were presented in New Delhi, to recognize outstanding and responsible reporting on tuberculosis (TB). The awards were presented by Dr RS Gupta, Deputy Director General (TB), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Indian parliamentarian doubts if tobacco kills! Do not reinvent the wheel Indian parliamentarian who is chairing the committee that told the government not to implement stronger pictorial graphic health warnings on tobacco packs (and raise the warning size from 40% to 85%) from 1st April 2015, cast doubts on whether tobacco causes cancer. India is at risk of reversing the gains made in saving lives from tobacco!
Björn Andersson, UNFPA regional director for Asia and the Pacific region, From Uploaded
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.
Emphysema, bullous, subpleural, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 5, 2014
Is it Asthma or COPD? Both asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are chronic diseases involving airflow obstruction and are consequences of gene environment interaction. COPD includes progressive respiratory diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis and is characterized by decreased airflow over time and increased inflammation.
Cigarette, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 8, 2014
International trade impacts tobacco control (CNS): The tobacco industry has a history of using international trade agreements to force open new markets in low and middle income countries, greatly increasing tobacco use and the consequent death/disease it causes. Tobacco companies are also challenging measures to reduce tobacco use as violations of trade and investment agreements, threatening the authority of nations to protect the health & well-being of their citizens
Unless we empty 'latent TB pool' and cut chain of TB transmission, how will we end TB and end AIDS?, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 22, 2019
Preventing TB is a critical cog in the wheel to #endTB and #endAIDS This article based upon important interviews with key experts on latent TB (not TB disease). Quarter of the world's population has latent TB and from this pool, some of us get active TB disease. Latent TB can be treated, TB can be prevented, and unless we empty this latent TB pool, we cannot end TB.
Dr Ishwar Gilada is among the 1st doctors who began HIV care in India when first case got diagnosed, From Uploaded
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.
Extensive Necrotizing Fasciitis of the right leg, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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.
Right to health is also a human right, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 18, 2020
Patents or people: The conundrum of healthcare industry This article on interview with Mr Anand Grover, noted lawyer and former UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Health. In COVID-19 times, it is even more important to ensure that patents and intellectual property or trade-related barriers are not limiting access to essential medicines.
World No Tobacco Day 2015, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 31, 2015
Will countries 'walk the talk' to end the tobacco epidemic? Article to mark World No Tobacco Day 2015
Dr M Sunil Kumar, head of State TB office in Kerala and Dr Shibu Balakrishnan, WHO consultant of RNTCP in Kerala, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Kerala's multi-layered approach to #endTB This article is based on interviews with key leaders in Kerala state of India who share insights why Kerala in entire country is most likely to meet the TB elimination targets. 193 countries have promised to end TB by 2030. Only 134 months left to meet these goals
Kick big polluters out of climate policy, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 13, 2015
Turning tables: Growing support against corporate capture of climate policy-making In the final days of the Bonn Climate Change Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a resounding call was made by over 224,000 people to the governments who have ratified the UNFCCC: protect the treaty and climate policymaking from the undue influence of the globe's biggest polluters.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Do we really believe in cancer 'prevention is better than cure'? Despite alarming cancer rates globally, with worst impact in low- and middle-income countries, one is forced to ponder if we really believe in 'cancer prevention is better than cure'. Cancer treatment is challenging and expensive, with very worrying 5-year survival rates (average 5-year survival varies for different cancers).
To end tuberculosis (TB) we need to meet the goal of ZERO new active TB disease, ZERO new latent TB infection and ZERO TB death, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 4, 2019
TB is preventable & curable: Zero new infection & zero deaths must become a reality This article is based on few key interviews. Although 193 countries have promised to end TB, yet the progress is abysmal if we take into account 10 million new TB cases last year, and over 1.6 million deaths. Governments need to progress at much FASTER pace and set their eyes on the goals of ZERO new case of TB and ZERO deaths from TB, if we are ever going to deliver on the promise to END TB (as part of SDGs)
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 21, 2015
Hold tobacco industry liable: Turn the cost-benefit ratio upside down "FCTC Article 19 is one of the least well-implemented articles of the treaty. As a result it provides immense untapped potential to be able to shift the cost-benefit ratio for the way the tobacco industry operates and thereby hold it to account and make it pay the high costs of harms it causes to people around the world," said Cloe Franko, Chair of Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT).
Tobacco kills. choose life, not tobacco, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Plain packaging will accelerate progress towards ending the tobacco epidemic As scientific evidence shows, tobacco-caused diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes among others increase risk of COVID-19 (including risk of death), governments are taking strong measures to control tobacco epidemic. Singapore government has enforced plain packaging on all tobacco products from 1st July 2020 - this is a great precedence for other governments to follow suit
If we are to end TB then we cannot ignore preventing TB, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 2, 2019
Preventing TB is rooted in medical ethics and human rights This article is based on few interviews especially with lead advocate who roots TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care in core principles of medical ethics and human rights,
Dr John Beard, Director, WHO Dept of Ageing and Life-course, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 7, 2016
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.
God helps those who help themselves: Kunta Devi, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 8, 2015
God helps those who help themselves: Kunta Devi An inspiring story of courage about a woman who braved all odds and succeeded in establishing herself as a successful woman farmer, in an otherwise male-dominated world of agriculture sector where women seldom get recognized.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 10, 2014
Likely impacts of BJP and AAP on the Indian society Dr Rahul Pandey writes on effects of BJP & Modi's rise: "...The first is corruption and the other two are intrusions of business corporations and communal forces into India's natural resources and socio-cultural fabric respectively..."
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 19, 2014
Indian Doctor Trupti Gilada to get Fellowship Award at AIDS 2014 A Mumbai-based Indian doctor, Dr Trupti Gilada Baheti, is a recipient of the prestigious Fellowship Award on HIV and Drug Abuse Research from the International AIDS Society, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis. This fellowship will be formally awarded on 23rd July 2014 at the XX International AIDS Conference.
UHC is a limited opportunity to end AIDS and TB, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Is Universal Health Coverage an opportunity to end AIDS and TB? This article is based on interviews with key experts if current push by governments to roll out universal health coverage for 'health for all' is helping advance progress towards specific disease elimination programmes like AIDS and TB?
Do not leave Nurses behind in fight to end AIDS by 2030, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 29, 2018
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 26, 2014
Implications of foreign funds received by Congress and BJP We learn from a Delhi High Court judgement on a PIL filed by retired IAS officer E.A.S. Sarma and an organisation relentlessly working for electoral reforms Association for Democratic Reforms, that Congress and BJP have been illegally receiving donations from foreign companies. They have violated the Representation of People Act, 1951 and the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 1976.
Working India's rural land, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 13, 2015
From adversity to prosperity This is a story of a champion woman farmer, who stood against all odds and established herself as a woman farmer in a heavily male-dominated agriculture arena
What will happen when drugs become ineffective? Preventable diseases KILL, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 17, 2015
Antibiotic use is driving antibiotic resistance... Irrational and widespread use of antibiotics are key drivers that develop resistance to antibiotics and thus render drugs ineffective, thereby making preventable diseases major killers in our world. Important study highlights this issue.
Sexual and reproductive health services are also essential services, more so during emergencies and crisis situations, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 5, 2020
Protecting the health & well-being of the young In lead up to the International Youth Day next month, this article is based upon insights from several people from different regions on issues challenging health and well-being of the youth, including comprehensive sexuality education among others.
Dr Mario Raviglione is among senior faculty of newly launched MACH Research Institute, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Innovative MACH gives hope for multi-disciplinary global health response Governments promised integrated development but different programmes on health, poverty, hunger, economy, etc work in silos. This first-ever MACH research institute launched on Tuesday aims to train and promote multi-disciplinary research heath science,
Kate Lappin who leads the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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
A better world is possible with people taking power back, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 19, 2018
Through the haze, a better democracy This article evaluates how the recent decisions made by 181 governments are so important for not only public health but also for democracy,
Development justice, where no one is left behind, is vital for a better world for everyone, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 12, 2020
The way forward after COVID-19: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Please consider this article by two authors of Indian Institute of Management on the way forward after the pandemic,
Study begins giving hope for same drug regimen to cure all TB patients regardless of resistance profile, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 29, 2018
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,
Mahatma Gandhi's Talisman to keep us on track for a just social order for everyone, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 3, 2018
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.
Sexual and reproductive health services are ALWAYS essential, and become even more essential during crisis situations, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 15, 2020
New essential norms must include sexual and reproductive health services This article is written by six people from Indian Institute of Management Indore, on the need to include sexual and reproductive health services as 'essential services' during emergency or pandemic situations, as well as other essential healthcare like immunization for instance or menstrual hygiene. These services are always essential, but become even more important during emergencies or crisis situations.
Kick Big Polluters Out of Climate Policy!, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 10, 2015
Call to kick polluters out of climate talks In April, it was revealed that COP 21 in Paris would be yet another "Corporate COP" with the announcement of Engie, EDF and Suez Environnement as lead sponsors. Suez Environnement, infamous for its dealings in water privatization, is partially owned by GDF Suez, which profits from fracking operations around the world, putting it at direct odds with the advancement of the treaty.
Stronger public health system is the only way to ensure health security for everyone, where last person comes first, From InText
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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,
Real action happens on the ground - country-level progress key for equitable world tomorrow, From Uploaded
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Global meet underlines country-level progress on sustainable development Leaders of several countries meeting this week are underlining real progress can only happen at country-level, as they review progress made so far on sustainable development.
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E-Cigarettes: Friend Or Foe ‘Tobacco is one of the leading killers in the world’; ‘smoking is harmful for our health’; ‘smoking can cause lung cancer, heart disease’… We have heard it all before. We also know how once someone gets into the habit of smoking it is very difficult, if not impossible, for him/her to quit due to the addictive nature of nicotine.
TB and Diabetes Co-Morbidity: Scale up collaborative activities!, From ImagesAttr
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TB-Diabetes is a formidable challenge in Asia Pacific When TB and diabetes co-morbidities are alarmingly high, then why do TB and diabetes programmes work in silos?
Mahatma Gandhi's talisman:
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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
Public Private partnership is EQUAL to privatisation, From Uploaded
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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.
Dr John Beard, Director, WHO Dept of Ageing and Life-course, From ImagesAttr
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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
Towards a World Free of Nuclear Weapons at United Nations HQ, From Uploaded
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A nuclear-free world is crucial for sustainable development This article around Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day makes a strong case why we need sustainable energy options for sustainable development (and why nuclear energy or bomb both are more of a bane than boon).
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Tobacco-caused diseases are a bane to the pandemic Please consider an important article on the deadly link between NCDs, tobacco use and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, written by six people from Indian Institute of Management Indore who are part of CNS
Knowing disease burden accurately is important for ending TB by 2030, From ImagesAttr
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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.
Thanks to The Union and APCAT for the photo, From Uploaded
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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.
Living life normally is possible for people with asthma if they manage it well, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 20, 2017
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!
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 11, 2015
"Slow but steady wins the race": Lilawati An inspiring story of a woman in rural India who braved grave odds but successfully established herself as a teacher cum farmer.
Profiteering from illness has to stop. Public health services are essential cog-in-the-wheel to sustainable development where no one is left behind, From Uploaded
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Why are strong public services essential for social, economic and health security for all? UN Public Services Day is 23 June. Experts explain why public services are necessary for economy, social and health security for everyone.
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Smoking Tobacco Doubles Risk of Recurrent Tuberculosis: New Study Research published on 24 March 2014 provides critical new insight on the harmful links between smoking tobacco and developing tuberculosis (TB). Regular tobacco smoking doubles the risk that people who have been successfully treated for TB will develop TB again--a condition known as "recurrent" TB. The study is the most robust-ever conducted into how smoking tobacco increases the risk of recurrent TB.
Members of Parliament (MPs), Mayors, Governors from Asia Pacific nations and WHO head of TFI and The Union Asia Pacific Deputy Director, From Uploaded
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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.
88 years old (or young) Mrs Mua (in white dress, 2nd from left), From ImagesAttr
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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,
Prof Rishi Sethi, senior cardiologist from India and Amit Khare from US were keynote speakers for #SDGtalks on artificial intelligence and machine learning based solutions for healthcare problems, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 6, 2020
Connecting the dots: Technology, healthcare, and pandemics like COVID-19 This article is written by six students of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore on how artificial intelligence and machine learning based solutions are being used in India in government hospitals (also during COVID-19 pandemic),
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With no cure in sight, controlling asthma is essential World Asthma Day is on 5th May. With no cure for asthma on the horizon, it is possible and essential to control and manage asthma well - so that people with asthma can live a full normal life!
Living with HIV but dying of TB - or NCDs such as diabetes - is unacceptable!, From ImagesAttr
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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.
Dr Ishwar Gilada is President of AIDS Society of India and Governing Council member of International AIDS SOciety (IAS), From Uploaded
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How will India deliver COVID-19 vaccine for "public health use" by 15 August 2020? The whole world wants a safe and effective vaccine without any delay but it is equally important to ensure that science is upheld, respected and protected.
Positive TB on microscopy, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 4, 2017
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
End tobacco is an urgent priority to advance towards Health For All especially in times of COVID-19 pandemics and crises, From Uploaded
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
Cai Cong is breaking stereotypes and is a major forceful voice on disability rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights, From InText
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Never say die: Disability is not about inability Please consider an important article based on the interview of a blind person who shares his personal experience of living with disability, growing up with disability and how this impacted his education, sexual and reproductive health and rights and also life of his life-partner, his wife who is also blind but that does not mean they both cannot live a meaningful life together. Disability is not about inability ".
Ending TB stigma is a social justice imperative!, From ImagesAttr
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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.
Caring for the elderly is a human rights imperative, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 19, 2016
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.
WHO declares Sri Lanka as malaria-free!, From ImagesAttr
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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.
Life on the farm., From ImagesAttr
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Where there is a will there is a way: Teeja Devi Inspiring story of a woman farmer who braved all odds in heavily male dominated 'agriculture sector' where women despite doing most field-labour seldom get credit and recognition! She has indeed made an indelible mark and inspires many other women to get due recognition
reproductive health services are also essential services, and more so during pandemics like COVID-19, From Uploaded
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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).
School Life in Tamilnadu before Covid-19, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 7, 2020
Worldwide Youth are Left Behind by COVID-19 This article is based on interviews with youth leaders from different countries on how COVID-19 pandemic related lockdown impacted their access to services and information, including online education related issues.
Aditi Ghosh is Deputy Director of Humanitarian Programme at International Planned Parenthood Federation, From Uploaded
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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,
Climate migrants rights now!, From Uploaded
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Despite odds, determination of women climate migrants is writ large This article is based upon interview with women who were forced to migrate due to climate events and are braving all odds to bring in a positive change,
From flickr.com/photos/63106298@N02/8577206423/: Teddy Bears and Bruises, From Images
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Long road to justice: Human rights of female migrant workers Erwiana was one of the women who shared their lived experiences of the struggle against oppressive structures as a migrant worker, providing a picture of the impact of the existing gender inequalities on women's lives, at the 1st plenary of the Forum.
Saraswati, From ImagesAttr
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When will the good times (achhe din) come for women in India? While stone statues of the female form (Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga/Kali) are worshipped in temples and religious rituals, a large number of those made of flesh and blood face violence on the streets and in homes, and encounter discrimination throughout their lives that begins at (or even before) birth, and continues during childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
Paid leave is crucial for domestic violence survivors, From ImagesAttr
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Paid leave for domestic violence survivors can help break the cycle of violence against women This article focusses on why paid leave for survivors of domestic violence is key to not only relocating, rebuilding one's life but also for seeking justice. Philippines, New Zealand and few provinces of Canada, grant paid leave for violence survivors (10 days)
From flickr.com: Donald Trump at Aston, PA September 13th | Donald Trump unve. | Flickr1024 -- 683 - 114k - jpg, From Images
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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.
Helmets for riders and pillion riders of all two wheelers can be life saving!, From ImagesAttr
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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.
Public services are E S S E N T I A L to sustainable development where no one is left behind, From Uploaded
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Public services are essential to COVID-19 response and for fairer and equitable world This article is based on statements by heads of UN and WHO, and senior Minister of South Korea, Health Minister of Kerala India among others, who explain why public services (public healthcare, public education, social welfare, sanitation and other services) are so essential to not only COVID-19 response but also for a foundation of a fairer and equitable world.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 27, 2014
Tuberculosis control needs a complete and patient-centric solution World TB Day is on 24th March 2014.
(L to R) Dr Kevin Mortimer LSTM, Dr Surya Kant KGMU, Shobha Shukla CNS, From ImagesAttr
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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!
US Congressman Dr Jim McDermott received Lifetime Achievement Award of AIDS Society of India in Mumbai, From ImagesAttr
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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.
Climate change impacts women's health, From Uploaded
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Climate change under gender lens This article is based on insights from range of experts on how women and girls and other marginalized communities are worst affected during climate crises and other humanitarian crises such as the pandemic - and how health services are worst hit with severe impact on women and children.
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Unhealthy diets are threatening global health An estimated 65% of the world's population lives in countries where obesity leads to more deaths than underweight. In 2012, over 40 million children under the age of five were considered overweight or obese, 30 million of who were living in developing countries. Around 3.4 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese.
Preventing cardio-vascular diseases is a public health imperative: Prof Rishi Sethi of KGMU, From ImagesAttr
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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'.
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MPTs are innovative strategies to transform women's health Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, are known to be primarily transmitted through sexual route, which has created a major impact on sexual and reproductive health worldwide. Although some of the STIs are curable, others still do not have any effective preventive or therapeutics available.
When few countries can end HIV transmission from parents to children, then why cannot we?, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 8, 2016
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!
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 23, 2014
Multipurpose Prevention Technologies Can Transform Women's Health Millions of women and around the world are still unable to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Over 1 million people contract a sexually transmitted infection every day, half of whom are young people - mostly women. In fact women are 5 times more likely to get STIs than men. Also, currently 222 million women have an unmet need for contraception and approximately 290,000 women in developing countries
Prof Dede Oetomo, a widely respected voice for LGBT rights and justice, From Uploaded
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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.
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"She who does not tire, tires adversity": Savitri This is an inspiring story of courage, of a woman from a village in UP India who braved all odds to not only survive but be an inspiration for others -- she is an established farmer today.
8th Conference of the Parties to the global tobacco treaty (WHO FCTC) in Geneva: October 2018, From ImagesAttr
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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)
End all sexual and other forms of gender-based violence, From Uploaded
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
Faceless women with stereotyped gender roles: Do we see hope for gender equality?, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Beyond tokenism: Accelerating rights of women and girls in a post-COVID era This article explores how rights and choices of women and girls are impacted during the pandemic and calls to move beyond tokenism in addressing these gender inequalities.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 15, 2014
Stop water privatisation and strengthen public water supply A new report by Corporate Accountability International uncovers how the World Bank uses ponzi-style marketing tactics to sell privatization projects around the globe that it is also positioned to profit from. "Water privatization has been a disaster," said Dr Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Awardee and national vice president of Socialist Party (India). "We must prevent the World Bank and corporations like Veolia from expanding thei
Men could be feminists too!, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 30, 2017
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 1, 2014
Call for no more new HIV-infected children According to UNAIDS Report 2013, an estimated 260,000 children below 18 years were newly infected with HIV in 2012 in low- and middle-income countries. While the first paediatric HIV case in India was recorded in 1987, in 2012 out of the 2,100,000 people living with HIV in India, 200,000 were children below 15 years.
Dr Surya Kant, Head, Pulmonary Medicine, KGMU, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 13, 2015
Lung cancer: Difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat, easy to prevent Just a few days before World Cancer Day this year, an acquaintance of mine succumbed to this dreaded disease within 10 months of diagnosis, and became part of the world statistics of someone dying somewhere of lung cancer every 30 seconds. Of all known cancers, lung cancer has highest annual mortality (1.6 million) as well as incidence (1.8 million) globally, and is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 cancer-related deaths.
girls too have the right to enjoy the fruits of sustainable development where no one is left behind., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 9, 2020
Growing up as a girl in rural India: What does it mean? This article around International Youth Day links the challenges girls, especially those in rural areas, face - and how education and other factors connect to health and wellness in their lives.
Medha Patkar launched the youth-led Towards A Better World campaign, From InText
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For a better world, our lifestyle must be based on as less resources as possible This article is based on views of several youth leaders who spoke at a campaign launch for 'Towards a Better World'. Greta Thunberg's led Fridays For Future young leaders from different nations also spoke for gender equality, human rights and climate justice.
Alphonsus Stoelinga, Netherlands Ambassador to India, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 24, 2018
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.
Moment of truth is here: either we deliver on sustainable development where no one is left behind, or end tobacco, now., From Uploaded
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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
Time and place distribution of 2012 encephalitis epidemic, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 26, 2015
Despite promise to end Encephalitis and other NTDs by 2030, why is action missing? Governments had adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the 70th UN General Assembly in September 2015. One of the SDG targets (3.3) promises that "By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases." Encephalitis, one of the NTDs, continues to kill. Despite promises, Why there is NO action?
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
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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,
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 12, 2015
"Hard work overcomes hard luck": Leela Shikhdar an inspiring story of a woman who braved all odds, gender stereotypes and illnesses, yet successfully made her mark in farming.
Why is global aid money locked up in banks?, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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.
Prosperity for whom? Asks Asia Pacific CSO Forum on Sustainable Development from governments, From ImagesAttr
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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!
3rd National Transgender Hijra Habba, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 9, 2015
Long walk to justice: Transgender voices from across India I had been there at the 1st National Hijra Habba in 2012. Witnessing the Third National Transgender Hijra Habba in 2015 was indeed a humbling experience as lot of water has flown during these 3 years. From 30 community participants in 2012, the number this year had swelled to a whopping 350+. The landmark Supreme Court (SC) judgement of 2014, recognizing transgenders as the third gender and granting them constitutional rights,
Women initiated methods for preventing transmission of HIV and other STIs and pregnancy are vital along with stamping out patriarchy, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        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
Misun Woo is the Regional Coordinator of Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), From ImagesAttr
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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.
I am not good enough: Is that true?, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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.
Nomampondo Barnabas,Civil Society Liaison Officer, International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union), From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 15, 2016
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 16, 2014
Humid houses pose health hazards Indoor air quality concerns more than just the fumes and smoke in the house. Dampness and mould pose health risks too, especially for people living with asthma. Researchers warn that people's living habits and the new energy efficient technology used to revamp old houses might actually give indoor damp and mould more room to rise.
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Local actions are building blocks for #GlobalGoals Wish you all a very happy new year 2019! This article is based on our interviews with two members of parliaments from Nepal and Bangladesh who help explain why local actions are building blocks for translating big promises into change,
Will new latest treatments for TB help us recover from the setback global fight to end TB has faced due to Covid-19?, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        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.
If we neglect environment, we will fail to deliver on health security too, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 24, 2018
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!
Rights and Choices on sexual and reproductive health are key for gender equality, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 26, 2020
Where are the men in family planning? Is it the business of women alone? This article based on experts' input and data on how appalling is uptake of male methods of family planning and sexual and reproductive health in India and other countries in the Pacific. Another area where gender-based inequalities add to the burden on women,
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 26, 2016
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!
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Rise in global health financing, but funding priorities shift A new research done by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), at the University of Washington, indicates that globally the total development assistance for health (DAH) hit an all-time high of $31.3 billion in 2013 (a year-over-year increase of 3.9%), although funding priorities shifted. Findings of the research were presented in a new report.
Dr Immaculate Kathure, Child TB Services Coordinator, Kenya National TB Programme, From ImagesAttr
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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!
Chu Viet Nga of HelpAge International shares her work on intergenerational model to help care for the older people, From Uploaded
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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,
Indian Health Minister Nadda launches Call To Action to End TB, From ImagesAttr
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'Call to Action' launch catalyzes fight against TB India has made impressive gains in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) but significant challenges still confront us in the path ahead to eliminate TB. The launch of 'Call To Action For A TB-Free India' by Sri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, in Delhi on 23rd April 2015, is aimed to catalyse progress towards ending TB in India.
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"Be the change you want to see in the world": Pushpa Devi A woman who never did farming, and got married at 13, braved domestic violence and gender stereotypes, and struggled hard to establish herself as a successful farmer. A real life story of Pushpa Devi
Strong evidence to detect MDR at time of TB diagnosis, From ImagesAttr
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Early diagnosis of drug resistance is crucial to ending TB Ending TB in India and elsewhere is possible only when we diagnose TB early; characterize the drug sensitivity of each case; treat the person with drugs that are most likely to work and address other issues, like help support the patient for treatment adherence, as well. Treating with drugs that do not work is not only dangerous for the individual patient, but also for broader public health as it may increase drug resistance
It is all in the game: connecting the dots between sports, gender and rights, From Uploaded
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It is all in the game: Sports, gender equality and human rights This article is based on insights from a unique initiative that has used soccer and sports to engage young people around gender equality and human rights since 2002 onwards. It began from Zimbabwe in 2002 but now has spread in several countries as far as the Pacific like Papua New Guinea.
Mitchell Warren is Executive Director of AVAC and noted HIV prevention research advocate, From ImagesAttr
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HIV prevention: Bridging the gap between research and impact Please consider this article based on interview with noted HIV prevention research expert since decades who calls for NOT delaying roll out of scientific innovations so that scientific gains can translate into public health benefits without any delay. Reality is grim: PrEP was approved by US FDA in 2012 but yet to be rolled out in several countries. Same goes for other scientific innovations.
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'Sexual and reproductive health issues do not exist in isolation' The theme of the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (7th APCRSHR), which opened in Manila on 21st January, 2014, is: Examining achievements, good practices, lessons learned and challenges: towards a strategic positioning of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. Currently abortions are illegal and unconstitutional in Philippines, and yet the country has more than 500,000 abortions ...
Sustained financing is critical cog in the wheel to #endTB: Willo Brock, From ImagesAttr
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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?
The Pioneer, 30 July 2020, From InText
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Gender Stereotypes Plaguing the Pandemic Response Please consider this article exposing the same-old deep-rooted gender stereotypes that are often failing us in responding to the pandemic. UN head Antonio Guterres had rightly said "COVID-19 has exposed the lie that free markets can deliver healthcare for all, the fiction that unpaid care work isn't work, the delusion that we live in a post-racist world."
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Gender Violence Increases HIV Vulnerability Is there a cure for HIV? The success stories of Timothy Brown and the two Boston patients, who rid themselves of the HIV cells through bone-marrow transplants, led to hopes that a cure had finally been found. This was further boosted by the fact that the transplants received by them were diametrically different.
Female initiated methods are vital to prevent unintended pregnancies, STIs, HIV, From ImagesAttr
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We want the ring... This article is based on interview with two top scientists and experts on female initiated methods which are currently being researched upon to prevent unintended pregnancy, STIs such as HIV. Let's hope scientific results translate into public health gains
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 9, 2016
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.
Rapid diagnostic test and shorter, cheaper treatment for MDR-TB a reality, From ImagesAttr
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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.
Dr Ishwar Gilada, National President of AIDS Society of India (ASI) and ASICON 2016, From ImagesAttr
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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!
Partnerships beyond ministries of health are important to increase progress towards #endTB, From ImagesAttr
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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.
Rudolf Bastian, LGBTIQ leader, From ImagesAttr
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Bodily autonomy and sexual rights are integral to development justice The dream of development justice cannot be realized unless governments also recognize bodily autonomy and sexual rights for every human being, especially for those who are marginalized and seldom heard or 'visible'.
Dr Ishwar Gilada, National President of AIDS Society of India (ASI), From ImagesAttr
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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!
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Tobacco use a big 'No' for people with TB and diabetes Tobacco use is anyways harmful for all, but it is especially hazardous for people living with diabetes and those suffering from or at risk of tuberculosis (TB). For the former it acts as an hindrance in their control of blood sugar and in case of the latter their ability to transmit the disease can be enhanced.
Lancet Editor in Chief Dr Richard Horton said: Politics ultimately determine our health, From ImagesAttr
Professor (Dr) Prakit Vathesatogkit, Executive Secretary of Action on Smoking and Health Foundation of Thailand, From ImagesAttr
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Tobacco control must be a priority for health professionals Health professionals including lung cancer experts have a prominent role to play in tobacco control. They have the trust of the population, the media and opinion leaders, and their voices are heard across a vast range of social, economic and political arenas. Ahead of WHO World No Tobacco Day, Prof Prakit shares his insight on engaging healthcare workers in endgame of tobacco
Every breath counts: Stop pneumonia now!, From ImagesAttr
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Addressing pneumonia: The deadly childhood illness Despite being preventable, pneumonia continues to be a top killer of children under five. It also wreaks 'breath-taking' havoc in the lives of adults, particularly the elderly, and people living with HIV. According to the 2015 Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report,a projected 5.9 million children around the world will die in 2015 before reaching their 5th birthday.
Jerome Pons, European Union (EU) Head of Cooperation in Malaysia and Thailand, From ImagesAttr
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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 Mario Raviglione, Director, WHO Global TB Programme, From ImagesAttr
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Universal access to services and social protection: A mantra to end TB Head of the WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme says two most important actions to end TB by 2035 are: universal access to TB services and social protection. Will the world be able to end TB? Read his interview here
Making cities smokefree is possible!!!, From ImagesAttr
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Join hands to make the dream of smoke-free society, a reality! This commitment of the local authorities for standing up against the tobacco industry has shown Bali's determination to defeat the tobacco giants and conveys a very strong positive message to the country and to the region. Bali is much more than being a top tourist destination--despite huge pressures from the tobacco industry, it has taken a firm stand against it, keeping people's lives above profits.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 28, 2014
Tackle hepatitis C to save people living with HIV The WHO recognizes that the 'silent epidemic' of viral hepatitis affects a large part of the world's population causing over 1.4 million deaths every year, yet remains largely unknown or ignored. It is estimated that 240 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and more than 185 million people are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV).
Engaging health AND non-health sectors CRITICAL to #endTB by 2030, From ImagesAttr
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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.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 9, 2014
Can innovation drive HIV responses to meet 90:90:90 targets by 2020? Without innovation, at current pace of HIV responses on the ground, we are very likely to fail meeting the targets. We not only need to accelerate the search for better and effective technologies to help fight AIDS effectively but also need to improvise and innovate in rolling out evidence-based approaches.
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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!
Dr Steve Graham on how to deal with asthma in children, From ImagesAttr
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Wake up call on asthma in children: New data must drive well-coordinated action! Asthma, despite huge disease burden and cost to countries globally, is one of the most neglected non-communicable diseases. Just consider this: NO new data from the WHO since past 12 years! We need new data so that policy and programmes for asthma are matching, and working! We need standard guidelines for asthma management. We need a lot more action on asthma than ever before!
Shobha Shukla CNS Editor (left) and Amruta Soni transgender leader (right), From ImagesAttr
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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.
No child should die of TB, From ImagesAttr
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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.
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Why at present the AAP offers the best hope for governance and policy In a short period of time the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has shaken up India's political landscape by offering an honest alternative to the mainstream national parties, specifically the Congress and the BJP. This article is an attempt to understand AAP's credibility on certain crucial dimensions.
18 government heads committing to eliminate malaria from Asia Pacific by 2030, From ImagesAttr
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East Asia Summit adopts unprecedented regional malaria goal Countries have committed to an ambitious goal of eliminating malaria from the entire Asia Pacific region in the next 15 years. The bold move shows strong leadership on health security and responds head-on to concerns about growing resistance to the drug artemisinin, the mainstay of worldwide treatment for the most dangerous form of the disease.
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Will post-2015 development agenda integrate economic, environmental and social pillars? There was a compelling thrust to ensure '3 pillars' of environment, economic and social aspects are all fully integrated while shaping post-2015 sustainable development framework. But may be, it is easier said than done!
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Deworm to not lose gains made on child health and nutrition Government of India is observing National Deworming Day on 10th February to control infections in children caused by Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH) or intestinal worms, which are among the most common infections worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that 241 million children between the ages of 1 and 14 are at risk of STH infection in India.
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Call to action to halt the looming TB-diabetes co-epidemic People with diabetes have a three times greater risk of contracting TB than those without diabetes. People with TB have high rates of diabetes that often go undiagnosed.
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Reduce Tobacco Consumption, Save Lives For World No Tobacco Day 2014, World Health Organization and its partners call on countries to raise taxes on tobacco. Increasing taxes on tobacco is considered to be the most cost-effective tobacco-control measure. An increase of 10% in tobacco prices is said to decrease tobacco consumption by about 4% in high-income countries and by up to 8% in most low- and middle-income countries.
Dr KK Chopra, Director, New Delhi TB Centre, From ImagesAttr
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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.
Emerging stronger after fighting cancer, Nita Mullick raises awareness to help others, From ImagesAttr
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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...
If business as usual continues we will fail to end AIDS: AIDS 2018 Experts, From ImagesAttr
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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.
Pirates Of Chemotherapy, a powerful dramatic comedy on breast cancer, From InText
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Healing is different from cure, conveys Pirates Of Chemotherapy This special article is based on a powerful theatre play Pirates Of Chemotherapy (2.5 hours duration) which was staged by breast cancer survivors themselves (1 man and 6 women with breast cancer). Range of human issues were raised using comedy and theatre, hope this has an impact,
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 24, 2015
TB Alliance advances next-generation TB drug candidate into clinical testing The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) announced on February 19, 2015 the start of the first human study of a new TB drug candidate TBA-354--the first new potential TB drug to begin a Phase 1 clinical study in 6 years since 2009.
Will world leaders unite at 73rd UNGA to end TB by 2030?, From ImagesAttr
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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?)?
APLMA Malaria Elimination Roadmap: Let's hope promises come true!, From ImagesAttr
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India stands with Asia Pacific nations in drive for malaria"-free region Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined other Asia Pacific Leaders in taking a concrete step closer to defeating malaria. Along with the 17 other East Asia Summit (EAS) Leaders meeting in Malaysia this past weekend, he endorsed a detailed plan to eliminate the disease throughout the region by 2030.
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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
People of ALL gender identities and expressions and sexual orientations must enjoy full human rights with equality and dignity, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 28, 2020
Gender equality and human rights: "Let different flowers bloom in the garden of God" Please consider the below article based upon insights on gender diversity, gender equality and human rights
Members of Parliaments, Mayors, Governor, Vice Governor and Mayors took part in 3rd Summit of AP-CAT in Singapore to #endTobacco and #beatNCDs, From ImagesAttr
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Local leaders from Asia Pacific nations commit to #endTobacco and #beatNCDs This article is based on interviews with local leaders (mayors, governors, local government officials, etc) as local-level implementation needs strong and well-coordinated local leadership, so that promises made by national and global-level leaders come true.
Shobha Shukla, CNS (L), Dr Chitra Chandrashekar (R), From ImagesAttr
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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.
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WHO launches new guidelines on management of latent TB infection For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines on testing, treating and managing latent TB infection (LTBI) in individuals with high risk of developing the disease. These guidelines were launched today at the Global TB Symposium just before the start of the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona.
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World's largest school-based deworming programme in Bihar World's largest school-based deworming programme in Bihar - Those children who were left out can receive their dose on 28th January -
Panel discussion on tuberculosis & human rights, From ImagesAttr
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What is wrong with a rights-based approach to TB care? A rights-based approach to TB care is the most correct approach to deal with the global TB crisis of epidemic proportions. In 2013, TB killed 1.5 million people out of the estimated 9 million people who developed it. Many social, economic and structural barriers drive the TB epidemic in high TB-burden countries including India, which accounts for 24% of its global incidence.
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Nepal gearing to protect public health from tobacco industry interference As implementation of domestic tobacco control laws and global tobacco treaty is advancing, tobacco industry is indeed facing the heat. Not surprising, that the industry has sued governments when they have attempted to implement life-saving tobacco control measures. Nepal is no exception.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 5, 2017
[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.
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Early and accurate diagnosis of TB and lung cancer vital: No excuse for misdiagnosis! This article is focusing on a very important aspect: MISDIAGNOSIS! Both TB and lung cancer, have similar symptoms and if accurate diagnosis is not done then it can have a serious consequence, even death. Unless we diagnose EARLY and accurately both: TB and lung cancer, how will we prevent needless suffering attributed to both?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 31, 2014
Accurate and affordable TB diagnosis in private sector becoming a reality Are we diagnosing people with presumptive TB early enough? Data suggests otherwise. "An average TB patient is diagnosed with TB after a delay of 2 months and has consulted till then at least 3 physicians or healthcare providers before getting diagnosis," said Dr Pai. Nearly 50% TB patients seek healthcare in private sector so role of private sector in TB care and control cannot be ignored.
Dr Navneet Singh, PGIMER (L), Shobha Shukla, CNS (C) and Dr Marzi Mehta, surgical oncologist (R), From ImagesAttr
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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.
Exploitation and plunder of natural resources is widening inequalities and fueling injustices, From ImagesAttr
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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,
Leaflets on different health programs at a TB clinic in Mandalay, Myanmar (CNS image 2013), From ImagesAttr
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Reaching the unreached: ENGAGE TB initiative "But the tragedy is that, even though many NGOs may be working on HIV, they are not working on TB. We know that a large number of deaths (one in four) in people living with HIV (PLHIV) are due to TB, which is treatable and curable, and not because of HIV, which is not curable. If NGOs working with PLHIV can integrate TB care and control in their existing programmes, it will dramatically reduce these unnecessary deaths."
Can a least developed country set global precedence in public health? Yes, NEPAL!, From ImagesAttr
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Despite crippling challenges, Nepal makes major strides in tobacco control Can a least developed country, Nepal, lead the world with one of strongest tobacco control laws? Biggest pictorial warnings for instance, globally: 90%! All force Nepal
Dr Ishwar Gilada, National President of AIDS Society of India (ASI), From ImagesAttr
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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.
Hope is still there for social entrepreneurship to pave path for a better tomorrow for all, From ImagesAttr
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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"
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 25, 2014
One visit and vinegar diagnosis for cervical cancer Worldwide, a woman dies of cervical cancer every two minutes, taking the annual toll to 275,000. The disease is preventable, and yet the second-largest killer of women in low- and middle-income countries, with most women dying in the prime of life. According to the Cervical Cancer Global Crisis Card, India tops the chart in cervical-cancer deaths.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 2, 2014
No single HIV prevention method can end AIDS: Combination prevention is key As HIV prevention needs and contexts vary, it is important to expand the range of effective prevention options that people can use. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said in a video link at the first-ever international conference on all HIV-related biomedical prevention research, that "No single method of prevention can end this epidemic on its own."
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New Drug Regimen: A miracle treatment for TB is a near possibility Global Alliance for TB-Drug Development (TB Alliance) raised hopes of a novel drug regimen to treat both forms of TB--drug sensitive (DS) and multi-drug resistant (MDR)--at the XX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, offering a new paradigm in TB treatment to treat patients with drugs to which they are sensitive, rather than based on what they are resistant to.
Call To Action For A TB Free India, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 31, 2015
Empower community to end TB: In them lies the solution! While the patient has to be is central to all the actions, civil society can act as an interface between the government and the community. As a senior government representative said 'the government cannot be the sole provider of services but can definitely be an enabler of service provision'. And yet there seems to be a lack of trust between the government and civil-society organizations.
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Is too much health research - unnecessary, unethical, unscientific, wasteful? Too much health and medical research may be unnecessary, unethical, unscientific, and wasteful, warns a new global network
Dr KS Sachdeva, one of key leaders of India's AIDS programme, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 3, 2016
"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.
Drug resistance can reverse gains made to fight TB and other diseases, From ImagesAttr
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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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Medical malpractices: Is there light at the end of the tunnel? "This contributes to using expensive drugs, or at times using drugs that are not totally rational, or even using drugs instead of thinking of other evidence-based treatments - this has been well documented. I have tried to change attitudes towards accepting industry money. We should learn to say, 'No, Thank you'" asserted Dr Gotzsche.
Hope for shorter and more effective new TB drugs, From ImagesAttr
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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
Live and people over profit, From Uploaded
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Experts demand compulsory licensing for generic production of a drug against Covid-19 This article is based on demands of a network of several associations of medical experts that are demanding from the government to issue compulsory licensing for Remdesivir - one of the few lifesaving drugs that show some positive effect on certain cases of Covid-19.
Jiten Yumnam, senior development justice activist from Manipur, From ImagesAttr
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Dams and development: Corporate interests and Manipur's struggle for justice According to Jiten, since India adopted liberalization policies after the 1990s, it has facilitated the corporatization and privatization of community land and resources like water, forests, and agricultural land in NE India, including Manipur, subjecting its people to untold miseries.
we need careless roads, not driverless cars, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Breaking taboos, reaping dividends Consider these statistics: Globally, 370,000 million children are married every day. By 2020, an additional 142 million girls will be married before their 18th birthday. Six million adolescent pregnancies occur in South Asia--90% of them inside marriage. Further, 34% of all unsafe abortions in the Asia-Pacific region happen to women below the age of 25.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 2, 2015
Better to prevent rather than treat lung cancer Every 30 seconds, someone, somewhere in the world, dies of lung cancer. According to the World Cancer Report 2014, more people die from lung cancer than from any other type of cancer. In 2012 lung cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer, with 1.8 million cases worldwide, accounting for 13% of all cancer cases. It also resulted in 1.6 million deaths (19.4% of total cancer deaths).
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 24, 2014
'Miles to go' before we achieve universal access to SRHR services Twenty years after the path-breaking International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo, millions of women and adolescents, particularly the poor and marginalised, in Asia and the Pacific continue to face inequalities in access to reproductive and sexual health and rights. "This is unconscionable," said Professor Gita Sen, Centre for Public Policy.
11th ASICON opens in Bengaluru, India, with top HIV medical experts and scientists from around the world, From ImagesAttr
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Clock is ticking: 26 months left to meet AIDS 90-90-90 targets This article is based on interactions with 5 top experts on HIV medical management from India, South Africa, and USA. Some progress has happened in most nations but lot is left to be done if we are to meet the targets promised by our governments, -
Women's Equality Day, after Bertha Margaret Boye, From ImagesAttr
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Women in politics should help women in adversity Taking the Beijing+20 review process as an opportunity to hold governments to account for their commitments, and demand stronger, more effective accountability mechanisms, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) organized a Southeast Asia sub-regional Roundtable on 'Strengthening Accountability to Women through Parliamentary Mechanisms to Implement BPFA.'
Tobacco kills - do not be duped, From ImagesAttr
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A plain face can take the sheen out of deadly tobacco products World No Tobacco Day, that takes place on May 31 each year, highlights the devastating impact of tobacco use on health, as well as advocates for policies that help people quit tobacco use and discourage non-users from starting. This year's World No Tobacco Day theme is 'Get ready for plain packaging'.
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'When bacteria and virus can work so well together, why can't we?' Setting the pace for the press conference, Dr IS Gilada, President, AIDS Society of India, emphasized that collaborative activities between national TB and HIV programmes can help maximise public-health outcomes. He said if HIV programmes do not pay adequate attention to TB, or TB programmes ignore HIV, then the progress made in responding to HIV and TB gets threatened.
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Debate: What do post-2015 strategic-development goals mean to us? Millennium-development goals (MDGs) were to be met by 2015 by countries of the world. What after 2015? Negotiations are going on currently to arrive at a consensus on post-2015 strategic-development goals (SDGs).
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Should Asia Pacific lead the world with robust roadmap for sustainable development? The window of opportunity is not closed yet - Asia Pacific nations still can demonstrate leadership on implementing sustainable development goals (SDGs) by agreeing on an ambitious plan to move forward. They need to deliver on promises made by governments at UN General Assembly last year to achieve SDGs by 2030!
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Alarm rings on low uptake of existing prevention options for anal STIs and HIV Despite overall progress in HIV prevention, rates of HIV infection among key affected populations such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people remain alarmingly high. For example, recent data indicates that MSM are up to 19 times more likely to have HIV than the general population -- transgender women are almost 50 times more likely.
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Coordinated response for control of STIs is lacking Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, are known to be primarily transmitted through sexual route, which has created a major impact on sexual and reproductive health worldwide. They are caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasitic microorganisms that are transmitted through sexual activity with an infected partner.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Civil society participation vital for public-health programming The Knowledge-Attitude-Practice (KAP) survey results underline the payoffs of civil-society participation in public-health programming.
Kate Lappin of APWLD, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Will HLPF push for accountability in post-2015 development agenda? Without robust accountability and monitoring mechanisms, how will people ensure that their governments deliver on the promises they make towards post-2015 sustainable development agenda? Kate Lappin explains what role can High Level Political Forum (co-hosted by UN General Assembly) play in bringing in accountability in post-2015 agenda!
Why are new HIV infection rate not declining fast enough?, From ImagesAttr
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Complacency kills: Prevention cannot take a backseat while we scale up treatment coverage to #endAIDS Please consider this article based upon interviews with HIV positive transgender people, first doctor who began HIV care in India when first case got diagnosed, global HIV prevention expert, among others. Universal Health Coverage is key to health security but we are not on track,
Akpobari Celestine, Ogoni community leader from Nigeria, From ImagesAttr
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Irony of inequality and Ogoni peoples struggle for life and land Interview with Ogoni community leader from Nigeria who believes we cannot madly pursue a development model that continues to make 1% of this world's peoples richer, and 99% people poorer. Inequality must end, says he.
Till the time inequity remains hardwired, we cannot deliver on Health For All, From Uploaded
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Unless we end inequities, we will fail to achieve Health For All This article is based on insights from the head of the WHO Emergency Programmes, ahead of World Health Day 2021
Screening for cervical and breast cancer can help save lives, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Screening for breast and cervical cancer is a public health imperative Breast and cervical cancers are two major cancers among women. For decades, cervical cancer was the most common cancer in women in India. But now, breast cancer has replaced cervical cancer and become the leading cancer in terms of incidence and number of cancer deaths among women in India. SCREENING can help save lives. This article is based upon interviews with CANCER SURVIVORS and experts.
Innovative and sustainable financing for health and development is vital especially in times of pandemic and looming threat of economic crisis, From Uploaded
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Innovative financing for women's health becomes vital when purse strings tighten Several experts share experiences of new and innovative ways to find money for important health programmes such as those for women. The pandemic is resulting in economic crisis too and innovative financing for health is so vital now.
5th Asia Pacific Summit of Mayors resolves to unitedly respond to end tobacco and prevent diseases, avert untimely deaths, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Thursday, January 23, 2014
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: A distant reality? (Based on an interview with Dr Amita Pandey, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King George's Medical University - KGMU.) Before 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (7th APCRSHR) opens in Manila later this week, Citizen News Service (CNS) spoke with Dr Amita Pandey on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) challenges in India.
Malaria rates declined in last 15 years, but now we are at a negative tipping point, From Uploaded
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Real talk: Are we on track to #endmalaria? In last 15 years malaria rates came down, but now we are at a negative tipping point. This World Malaria Day (25 April) article is based on several interviews with experts who are trying to eliminate malaria and also those who are fighting one of the biggest challenges: drug resistant malaria (especially on borders or forested areas).
Violence against women is NOT cultural, it is CRIMINAL., From Uploaded
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Break the silence: Ending gender-based violence is a human-rights imperative This article is based on insights from several crusaders who are dedicatedly making efforts to curb all forms of gender-based violence. Alarmingly during pandemic (just like other calamities previously), gender-based violence had increased.
Dr Steve Graham on how to deal with TB in children, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 4, 2015
After years of neglect, growing attention to TB in children in Asia Pacific Tuberculosis in children have been neglected for far too long. It was only in recent years, childhood TB started getting its long overdue attention and WHO and partners came out with Childhood TB Roadmap in October 2013 to further galvanize response on all fronts. Dr Steve Graham, one of the lead experts involved in this process, speaks to CNS on the way forward!
community health work is work, not 'voluntary'. Precarious work is a threat for public health, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        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,
Govt promises on Global Goals but their actions take us backwards!, From ImagesAttr
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2030 Agenda: Development for whom? We should rejoice in what we have achieved, but we must not believe that it is going to be easy," Justin remarked pertaining to the advance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) compared to its predecessor MDGs.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 26, 2014
Call to step up the pace of TB-HIV collaborative activities "We must focus upon individual human beings rather than on individual diseases of TB and HIV. A person centric approach is bound to work together than a disease centric approach."
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 28, 2014
Countries should know their endemic malaria to plan the fight well The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a manual to help countries to assess the technical, operational, and financial feasibility of moving towards malaria elimination.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 14, 2015
Inhaled drug therapy for TB treatment In the light of the outcry of the high pill burden, severe toxicity and high treatment non-adherence rates, and many more challenges associated with the treatment of TB, in particular of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), innovative drug therapies are beginning to be explored. One of them - inhaled TB drugs - were presented at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health held recently in Cape Town.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 15, 2014
Thalassaemia on the blind spot? Call to improve prevention, treatment and care "It is not only about preventing new births of thalassemic infants; about chelation, about blood transfusion and about availability of services needed; but also about preventing complications related to Thalassaemia. We cannot take half-baked measures. Because if the patient dies prematurely, it will be a huge waste of national resources--10-15 years worth of investment just goes down the drain..."
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 8, 2014
Regular HIV prevention counselling reduces risk of infection (CNS): "Foundation of HIV prevention is infact HIV testing" said Dr Anthony Fauci of National Institutes of Health at the opening plenary (via video link) of the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P). But mobilizing people to go for voluntary and repeated counselling and testing for HIV has indeed been a challenge. It is even a steeper challenge to mobilize key populations for HIV testing
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 1, 2016
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).
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Break the silence around cancer World Cancer Day is on 4th February 2014
Stronger health systems are vital to ensure new health technologies like vaccines reach everyone in need, without any delay, From Uploaded
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An effective COVID-19 vaccine: Will you take it or will you not? This article is based on the latest study which looked into the potential acceptance rate of COVID-19 vaccine if and when it becomes available (as it is currently under research and development).
Dr Richard Brostrom, State TB Branch Chief and Pacific Regional Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), From ImagesAttr
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Pacific approach to deal with the dual burden of TB-diabetes TB-diabetes co-morbidity is a global problem, but we in the Pacific region see it as a local problem and approach it from the patient's perspective - it is about one patient with two diseases. Rather than divide the care, we try to integrate the care for each patient.
World TB Day is 24th March, From InText
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It's Time to bend the curve sharply to #end TB This article is in lead up to the World TB Day 2019. As you know, the global TB decline rate is very low, at this rate governments cannot end TB by 2030. We need to ensure TB rates DECLINE faster many times for world to end TB by 2030.
Land belongs to those who till the land to feed us and nourish life, From Uploaded
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Land to the tillers for genuine food system change This article marks the Day Of The Landless 2021 based on insights from range of Asian leaders who have been committed for food sovereignty.
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Gender justice to be at the heart of development justice The Asia and the Pacific region contains some of the world's most powerful economies and the 21st century is often touted to belong to this region. Yet the region is home to 66% of the world's poorest poor. Denouncing such stark disparities, the 1st-plenary session at the 2nd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF 2014) is being held in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Child marriage is child rape: Ending child marriage is an imperative to deliver on promises of sustainable development, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 1, 2020
Marriage is no child's play This article is on a social evil, child marriage. Despite governments of 194 countries promising to end child, early and forced marriages, it is not declining fast enough.
Prof Elizabeth Waters, Anne Anderson Awardee 2014, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 11, 2014
Evidence shows we can prevent obesity in children: E Waters, Anne Anderson Awardee 2014 Researchers have demonstrated that childhood obesity prevention programmes have a positive health impact on body mass index (BMI - a measure of body fat based upon height and weight). So policies and practices should take this evidence into consideration to nip alarming rates of childhood obesity.
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International respiratory societies to assist in finding the 3 million “missed” TB cases A major focus of this World TB Day is the 3 million TB cases that the World Health Organization estimates are "missed" each year - that is, cases that go undetected, undiagnosed, and untreated. Clearly, this must change if global TB control is to be achieved.
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It Is Time To Control Asthma This is the sub-theme of this year's (2014) World Asthma Day (WAD), which was first celebrated in 1998 in conjunction with the first World Asthma Meeting in Barcelona. It is an annual event aimed at improving asthma awareness, diagnosis, treatment, and, ultimately, control, and is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) on the first Tuesday of May.
lifecycle approach can lead us to a world where people of all ages including the elderly live life fully, healthy and with rights and dignity, From InText
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Lifecycle approach: A panacea for population ageing and gender equality This article on International Day of Older Persons is where its author, Shobha, who herself is a senior citizen, calls for lifecycle approach to advance progress on not just to address population ageing, but also other issues including gender equality.
Love matters - at every age - for everyone. stay loved!, From Uploaded
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"We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing" This important article in lead up to International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) is written by Shobha madam who herself is a senior citizen. Importance of companionship, intimacy and relationships including sexual health is often missing and stigmatised for older people, more so for women.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Pushed Into the Flesh Trade; Whither Future Development Goals? Will future sustainable development goals (SDGs) help in improving the lives of Bela and thousands of others like her who are pushed into the flesh trade due to poverty, greed and a skewed power dynamics. It is not enough to make survivors mere brand ambassadors for a cause. They need to be rehabilitated too.
Big push for transgender and hijra welfare, From ImagesAttr
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Join the crusade: Big push for transgender and hijra welfare "The Supreme Court judgement of 2014 has indeed been a game changer in terms of the way it has allowed transgenders to perceive themselves as individuals, to stand up confidently with their own identity, and to demand their rights and access to services, which was not there before. Today they have a clear agenda for the services they need --having access to education (instead of being thrown out of schools);
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Translational Research For The Benefit Of Public Health "Translational research involves converting a basic research idea into a product; then developing that product for industrial production and finding out if it is safe and efficacious; and finally using it to improve public health. This is the line of translation."
Global TB Report of WHO 2014, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 23, 2014
No longer business as usual: Out of the box solutions needed to end TB In May 2014, the World Health Assembly approved the WHO's new post-2015 global TB strategy and targets for tuberculosis, which aims to achieve the targets for 2035-- 95% decline in TB deaths and 90% decline in TB incidence rate compared with 2015--less than 10 TB cases per 100, 000 population, and the elimination of catastrophic costs for TB-affected households
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Break the silos: drug use, HIV, HCV, TB, laws and funding Vietnam is one of the countries in the world that has made remarkable progress over the last decade in not only making harm reduction and HIV services available and accessible for people who use drugs but also reforming laws for supportive health policies on the ground.
Is TPP actually 'trading people for profits'?, From ImagesAttr
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TPP: Trading people for profit The controversial trade agreement (TPP) aggressively pushed by US government is likely to be 'Trading People for Profits' - Mark analyzes this agreement in context of global goals to which governments of our world have committed themselves to - is TPP against those commitments? read more!
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 25, 2014
Laws mirror moral values of 'colonial era', not SRHR reality! many countries in Asia and the Pacific have restrictive laws that prevent young adolescents below the age of 18 from accessing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services. According to a November 2013 study of the impact of laws and policies on young people's access to SRH and HIV services many laws in the region have conservative legal traditions related to sexuality and reproduction which consider providing con
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 5, 2014
'If I Could Do It, Anyone Can!' Well, here is the empowering story of Esther from Indonesia (who has been a prisoner, an injecting drug user, a sex worker, and a person living with HIV) as told to Citizen News Service during the just-concluded 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne.
Increasing the range of options for people to choose from to break the chain of HIV transmission is important if we are to end AIDS by 2030, From Uploaded
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Expanding range of options to prevent HIV is key as no one size fits all this article has insights from top HIV scientists and researchers worldwide, on why it is so important to expand the range of options for people to choose from to prevent transmission of HIV.
Respecting people's voice, ending military coup, and enabling fair democratic process is necessary in Myanmar, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 14, 2021
Growing call for federal democracy in Myanmar This article is based upon a south Asian regional forum as well as a joint statement endorsed by hundred plus groups worldwide calling for federal democracy in Myanmar.
Health is a fundamental human right and essential right if we are to deliver on sustainable development, From Uploaded
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Lessons from COVID-19: Need for universal healthcare and socio-economic equality In lead up to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, please find below an article on why health-for-all is so vital with socio-economic equality - an important lesson and reminder in these pandemic times,
TB-Diabetes epidemics have joined hands. Will our programmes join hands?, From ImagesAttr
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Avert the looming TB-diabetes co-epidemic before it gets too late TB and diabetes co-epidemics have been raging high in low and middle income countries. This is potentially a brewing public health catastrophy. To avert this co-epidemic, the 1st-ever Global TB Diabetes Summit will open soon in Indonesia.
Dr Paison Dakulala, Health Department, Papua New Guinea, From ImagesAttr
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Fight against TB in Papua New Guinea: 'Embarrassment of riches' moment? A country like Papua New Guinea (PNG) with 20% projected economic growth rate, still has half of its population at or below the poverty line, and epidemics like TB, are setting off alarm bells - year after year!
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 26, 2014
Stigma blocks access to care for young gays and transgenders Stigma related to HIV not only blocks access to existing services for key affected populations but also increases risk of HIV acquisition manifold. When self-stigma or shame seeps in, it pushes people into depression, aggression, self-harm, addictions or even suicide. HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the community further escalates self-stigma.
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'Every TB-HIV case is a public-health failure...' So said Helen Ayles. She was quoted by Dr Diane Havlir who was speaking in the plenary of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia. Dr Diane Havlir, who is a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, was hopeful that "Every HIV/TB case prevented and every death averted should become a public-health success and put us one step closer to ending the dual epidemic of HIV and TB."
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Are we hyping infection control inside clinics? Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious bacterial disease and spreads through the air. When people with pulmonary TB cough, sneeze or spit, they propel the TB germs into the air and a person needs to inhale only a few of these germs to become infected. On the other hand, HIV/AIDS is a viral disease that is transmitted chiefly through unprotected sexual intercourse and contaminated blood.
Rights-based access to safe abortion is essential in normal times as well as during humanitarian crises, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 4, 2020
'May you be the mother of many sons...' This article has insights from several experts who share data, studies and human rights based analysis on why safe abortion is an essential healthcare service - in normal times as well as during the pandemics.
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Hyderabad to Cape Town: Evidence driving medical research and health systems strengthening Incidentally 22nd Cochrane Colloquium on "evidence-informed public health: challenges and opportunities" theme is being held in Hyderabad, India (21-26 September 2014) and will be followed by the 3rd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research on "science and practice of people-centred health systems" theme in Cape Town, South Africa (30 September -- 3 October 2014).
Dr Mario Raviglione, Director, WHO Global TB Programme, From ImagesAttr
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Will 2030 Global Goals help accelerate progress towards ending TB? Please find this article based upon an interview with the head of WHO Global TB Programme on how will the recently agreed Global Goals by all governments help spur progress towards ending TB. Warm wishes, bobby
Emergency contraceptives are among evidence-based contraceptive choices for women and girls, but these are only for emergency situations, From Uploaded
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Ensuring women have a rights-based access to emergency contraceptives is vital This article is based on insights with noted researcher on emergency contraceptives. She shares scientific evidence that these are also among the evidence-based contraceptive choices for women who need them, but also cautions that these are only to be used in emergency situations, and not as regular family planning method.
Efforts of Melbourne nurses' union bore fruits: gained a law for 3 to 1 patient to nurse ratio in general wards and one to one nurse to patient ratio in ICU, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 18, 2020
Strong unions are pivotal for safety of healthcare workers and patients This article to mark World Patient Safety Day, is focused on why protecting all healthcare workers including nurses is so important to ensure patient safety as well as worker safety -and collective processes (like unionisation) are so key in ensuring concerns of healthcare workers like nurses are addressed effectively.
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Long road to justice and equality for LGBTI people The recently concluded 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (7th APCRSHR) in Manila saw some interesting discussions on protecting and advancing Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity (SOGI) rights and improving their access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 12, 2014
Seeking honest politics distinguishes AAP from BJP and Congress In a recent article I wrote that most of the people campaigning for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) come from different social strata but are united by a common desire to seek honest politics. On reading the article a friend asked me if I believed that everyone in AAP was honest and everyone in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or Congress was corrupt.
When we know how to prevent HIV transmission and have tools to help people with HIV stay alive and lead normal lives, how can we accept thousands of new HIV infections daily and AIDS related deaths daily?, From Uploaded
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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,
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 9, 2014
"I did not choose HIV. HIV chose me..." This article is written by someone who is living with HIV for over 20 years now... this focuses on how his life changed after he was receiving free antiretroviral treatment (ART) from 2004 onwards...
Monique Davids (R) with her son Jaden in her lap, From ImagesAttr
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Half the battle won: Need to accelerate roll-out of child-friendly anti-TB drugs This article is based upon an interview with a mother of 4 children, whose partner as well as 2 children all had TB. New child-friendly drugs have been launched this week but lot more action needs to happen to ensure these medicines get rolled out and reach the child with TB everywhere!
World we want beyond 2015, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 28, 2015
Parliamentarians on 'world we want beyond 2015': Sexual and reproductive health and rights in focus If the countries agree with the draft set of SDGs at the UN summit in New York in coming September, they will become applicable from January 2016. Partnering with, and empowering parliamentarians, who play an important role in the development process by framing policies/ laws implemented in the country, can effectively influence the building of post-2015 development framework for world we want beyond 2015
Gender justice is the only way forward for a better tomorrow, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 7, 2019
Women speak: To be a woman and to be in India This article features interviews and perspectives of working women, from deputy director general of the WHO to the women from small towns working in urban areas.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 5, 2014
Overcoming roadblocks in translating evidence-based healthcare into public health gains Commendable progress has been made in the South Asian region to advance evidence-based healthcare and let evidence inform policy and programmes at different levels. But there have been roadblocks too that are slowing down the progress.
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Pak tobacco tax reforms could help half million quit, up taxes by Rs 27.2 billion A potentially path-breaking report shows that the introduction of a uniform specific tax accounting for 70% of Pakistan's average cigarette price could lead to half a million smokers quitting, and reduce premature deaths among adult smokers by over 180,000. At the same time more than Rupees 27 billion (USD 277 million) would be generated in new cigarette-tax revenues.
Diagnosis and Treatment for All: Haiti, increasing TB detection in people with HIV through integration of TB and HIV services, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 19, 2014
What has TB got to do in an AIDS Conference? Well almost everything. Tuberculosis (TB) remains the most common AIDS-defining illness and the leading cause of death in people living with HIV (PLHIV) with 1 in 5 HIV-associated deaths in 2012 attributed to TB. At least one third of the 35.3 million living PLHIV worldwide are infected with latent TB. An estimated 1.1 million (13%) of the 8.6 million people who developed TB in 2012 were HIV-positive too.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 24, 2014
Regulating sale of anti-tuberculosis drugs The government of India's notification, which came into effect on 1st March 2014, aims to arrest irrational sale and use of anti-tuberculosis drugs (and other 45 third- and fourth-generation antibiotics).
Dialogues for common good, From ImagesAttr
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Dialogues for justice, public interest and the common good A day after 193 member states of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) together with grassroots activists, faith-based groups and NGOs organized a side event at the margins of the UN summit to discuss pressing issues affecting the marginalized and frontline communities in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.
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Beijing to Bangkok: 20 years journey of triumphs and defeats The journey from Beijing to Bangkok has been strenuous as well as rewarding. So it was in the fitness of things that a plenary session at the Asia Pacific Civil Society Forum on Beijing+20, organized by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) in Bangkok, celebrated women's moments of triumphs along with the failures encountered in their path for development justice.
Dr Tomoko Kurokawa calls for boosting resilience at all levels to tide over humanitarian crises, From Uploaded
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Building resilience is critical to minimise the impact of humanitarian crises This article is based on insights from United Nations expert on humanitarian responses on how governments, institutions, communities, individuals and other levels/ actors can boost their resilience to cope with crises situations such as the pandemic.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 29, 2014
When natural disasters happen: do more good than harm! Whenever natural disasters and humanitarian crises occur, enormous amount of resources are spent on relief and aid services, albeit without knowing whether they will do more good than harm. Despite best intentions, lot of interventions are happening without strong evidence that they actually do more good than harm.
Every form of tobacco kills - ending illicit tobacco trade is one step towards ending all forms of tobacco use, From Uploaded
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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.
Reducing speed limit and strong public transport for everyone are important if we are to make roads safer for everyone, From Uploaded
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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'.
Manage asthma well and live a normal life!, From ImagesAttr
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Asthma: We can beat it but not kill it There is no cure for asthma but it is possible to live a normal life with asthma if we manage asthma well. Also a new scientific review published by Cochrane last week shows evidence that yoga leads to improvements in quality of life and symptoms in people with asthma BUT evidence of impact on lung function and medication usage is uncertain.
Japan is 3rd biggest economy but on gender parity it lags behind badly, From Uploaded
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'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.
Two noted Gandhian leaders: Medha Patkar (left) and Dr Sandeep Pandey (right), From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 1, 2020
Not symbolism but embodying Mahatma Gandhi in our lives is vital | 150 Years of Gandhi In lead up to 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi (2nd October 2020 marks the wrap up of a year long observance), please consider this article based on insights shared by Gandhian leaders - Medha Patkar and Dr Sandeep Pandey, two noted development justice voices in today's times.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 24, 2014
Australia reinforces its commitment in fight against AIDS Australia has taken a lead in supporting public health in India over the years. With XX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) being held in Melbourne, Citizen News Service interviewed Bernard Philip, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia to India. "The conference is providing an opportunity to showcase Australia's leadership in the global HIV response, particularly in Asia and the Pacific.
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Despite progress, long way remains for gender justice Despite women's rights to economic, social and cultural equality, poverty and discrimination still remains the reality for a large majority of them in the Asia Pacific region. Women not only comprise 70% of the world's poor, they are also victims of the greed and avarice of the powers that are. They are the ones who endure physical, mental and emotional hardships and are yet denied any political or economic gains.
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Research to the rescue of disaster management For management of disasters and humanitarian crises, doing something is not enough--but doing the right thing at the right time is. Decision-makers need to know which intervention, actions and strategies would work, which would not work, which remain unproven and which no matter how well-meaning might be harmful. They need to make well informed choices and decisions and for this they need access to reliable evidence.
When we know how to prevent transmission of HIV to newborn child, then there is NO EXCUSE FOR INACTION!, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        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!
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Anchor to ending AIDS or COVID-19 is human right to health World AIDS Day is 1st of December. This article based on insights from people living with HIV and few HIV experts from around the world.
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Building feminist movements to stimulate change Grassroots women of the Asia-Pacific region have borne the brunt of the unrelenting global desire for increased consumption and accumulation of wealth by a tiny minority. Their aspirations and livelihoods are regularly trampled upon in this new Asian century, prompting thousands of women to be at the forefront of leading movements in their communities for social justice, economic equity, and accountability.
Manage asthma well and live a normal life!, From ImagesAttr
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Asthma - can we live with it? World Asthma Day is on Tuesday, 3rd May 2016. This article is based on interviews with people with asthma - who live a normal life! Play sports well for example. Just like people who have eye-sight problem need to wear a glass, similarly people with asthma need to manage it well - and LIVE FULLY!
30 years of HIV in India: Long way to go still?, From ImagesAttr
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Thirty years of HIV epidemic in India: From despair to hope India completes its 30 years of fighting AIDS. There are successes but a very long way is still ahead of us to ending AIDS. The below article is based upon interview with apex AIDS research institute director and head of HIV physicians' association in India -- both of whom have been involved with HIV since the first case got diagnosed in the country.
Dr Anthony D Harries, Director, Department of Research, The Union, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 10, 2015
Evidence should inform policy: Should we offer antiretroviral therapy soon after HIV diagnosis? When largest-ever study results show strong evidence to begin treatment right after testing anyone positive for HIV, and not wait till CD4 count goes down to a certain cut-off point, then why are we still using CD4 cut-off to start ART? Will we let the evidence inform policy and programmes on the ground?
Health For All warrants people-centric and community-led integrated approaches, From Uploaded
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Community-led approaches are pivotal to respond to HIV, SRHR and COVID-19 This article is based on insights of several experts on why community-led approaches are so central to HIV, sexual and reproductive health, COVID-19 and other healthcare needs, as well as overall health security.
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Is it the best or the worst of times for women in India? I apologize for missing out on the celebrations of Women's Day this year as I was too engrossed with changing nappies of my 10-month-old, adorable granddaughter in London, despite her part-time nanny - who is a graduate, and charges a frightful £10 an hour - that is over INR 1000 (the going rate for any domestic help). It was only the tedium of dish washer and washing machine that reminded me of women's plight.
Jose Luis Castro, new Chair of NCD Alliance and Executive Director, The Union, From ImagesAttr
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Translating Global Goals into local actions to fight NCDs Interview with the new Chair of NCD Alliance, Jose Luis Castro, who has demonstrated leadership in organization building for decades in lung health.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 19, 2014
Indian scientists developing a diagnostic algorithm for female genital TB Genital tuberculosis (TB) is one of the major causes of tubal infertility. But the challenge is that current range of standard diagnostic tests are less likely to pick up every case of genital TB. Not only most cases are asymptomatic but also the number of bacteria in the sample is very low (compared to the number of TB bacteria which is present in samples of people with pulmonary TB).
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 25, 2015
"A woman of substance": Kalawati A story of power and grit of a woman who has done farming for 30-35 years but still owns no land, although a successful farmer and inspiring others!
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 31, 2014
Multipurpose prevention technologies for HIV and STIs in spotlight at AIDS 2014 Women of reproductive age have a need for prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, and family planning methods. More importantly, women need prevention tools/methods that are under their control and do not leave them at the mercy of their partner, in as far as their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is concerned.
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Dividing India on communal lines While Modi has been able to ward off the communal image, his colleagues from the Sangha Parivar ensure that people are reminded of the basic character of Modi's associations.
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Know your epidemic: First-ever national anti-TB drug resistance survey launched India took a historic step for control and management of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) when the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister of Government of India, Dr Harsh Vardhan formally launched the first-ever nationwide anti-TB drug resistance survey (2014-2015) on 6th September 2014 in New Delhi. This is the largest nationally representative survey on anti-TB drug resistance ever done, covering 100% population
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'Homophobia is a choice, not homosexuality': Inter-faith message homophobia is a choice, not homosexuality; and religious scriptures teach us to be compassionate, non-judgmental and accept everyone else in totality without prejudice.
Fully fund the public health system strengthening!, From ImagesAttr
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India's 2016-2017 budget reflects a mirage for universal health India's draft National Health Policy 2015 was riddled with privatisation bid and it is no surprise that 2016-2017 budget too takes that agenda forward. Also earlier this month Indian government indicated its intent to exit from hospital 'sector' (along with Air India). The vision of universal healthcare coverage - which leaves no one behind - can only be achieved from robust and well-funded public health system, not private.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 31, 2014
Call for public-private health sector to follow standards of TB care Data suggests up to 40 to 50 percent of tuberculosis patients are likely to be accessing healthcare services in private sector. A study done in Lucknow by Dr Rajendra Prasad, former Professor and Head of Pulmonary Medicine, King George's Medical University (KGMU), showed 44 different prescriptions from physicians for the same TB patient--this is when TB treatment should have been the same in private and public sector both.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 10, 2014
No More Holding Back Women Two-thirds of countries globally now have laws against domestic violence with several significant transformations in legal frameworks in Asia and the Pacific. This significant shift over the last decade has not only led 15 countries in East Asia and the Pacific to enact domestic-violence laws but six Asian countries have taken the important step of outlawing rape within marriage.
Dr Ishwar Gilada, President, AIDS Society of India (ASI), From ImagesAttr
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Should we celebrate success or gear up to end AIDS? The fight against AIDS has definitely made considerable progress but formidable challenges confront the path to ending AIDS by 2030, as committed by the countries globally at 70th UN General Assembly in September 2015. The brutal irony is that despite knowing 'what works in helping us progress towards AIDS' the uptake of these evidence-based strategies is abysmally low, and some countries like India, have slashed health budget
Policing during humanitarian crises is different than policing required to maintain law and order, From Uploaded
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Is policing pandemics different than maintaining law and order? This article is based on insights from police officers of few nations on police and Covid-19 responses. Policing during humanitarian emergencies is different than the policing required for maintaining law and order.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 31, 2014
2nd APFF 2014: Creating Waves, Fostering Movements The 2nd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum, organized by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), kick started in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It has brought together nearly 300 feminists from 30 countries of the five sub-regions of Asia and the Pacific as well as global allies.
WHO calls on countries to Unite To End TB, From ImagesAttr
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Strike at the root of the problem to kill TB This article below on World TB Day is based upon interview with a patient who not only had TB, but developed MDR-TB and then XDR-TB, and also had diabetes. He is one of the 180 people in the world who have luckily received the new TB drug: Delamanid.
Unsung hero Mahesh Pandey, From ImagesAttr
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Somebody who never went to college helps children of brick kiln workers enter college this article is profiling an unsung hero -- a person who himself could never go to a college but has dedicated his own life in ensuring that children of brick kiln workers can go to college!
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Evidence-based medicine is the basis of sound healthcare It was Dr Gordon Guyatt of Macmaster University, Canada, who had first coined the term 'evidence based medicine' in 1990.
Disability Rights cannot be on blind-spot if we are to deliver on the promise of sustainable development for ALL, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Disability is not limited to the body, it is also about mindsets This article is based upon insights from 5 disability rights and women's health leaders from different countries, who call for much greater action if we are to deliver on sustainable development, where persons with disabilities are not left behind.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 21, 2014
Past, present, and future attempts to measure childhood TB The first estimates of the global burden of TB in children given by WHO in 2012 suggested that there might be 530,000 children suffering from it. Subsequently there has been an uptake in research in this field. A recent mathematical-modelling study on the burden of childhood TB in 22 high-burden countries (published in the Lancet) has revealed that there may be 650,000 annual cases of TB in children.
Divya Sojan fought TB thrice in eleven years of her nursing work: lot more needs to be done to end TB worldwide, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 12, 2020
'Let difficulties know that you are too difficult to be broken' This article is based on an interview with a senior nurse from top medical institution who contracted tuberculosis (TB) three times in her 11 years of nursing career. She shares her personal testimony and calls for stronger infection control as well as care and support to end TB eventually globally.
I #heart #london #streetart, From ImagesAttr
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Rhythm of the heart World Heart Day is on 29th September 2014. The field of cardiology dealing with these rhythm disorders is called cardiac electrophysiology. Over the last two decades, invasive cardiac electrophysiological procedures have improved the survival and quality of life among patients with rhythm disorders. Let us on this day of remembrance of the heart, not ignore the rhythm that is pivotal in sustaining life.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 18, 2016
What does it take to beat drug-resistant TB? This is an inspiring story of a survivor of a very dangerous form of TB (multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis or MDR-TB), in lead up to this year's World TB Day
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 14, 2014
Reports from the ground: How are TB-HIV collaborative activities being rolled out? We know that nearly one third of the 35 million people living with HIV (PLHIV) have tuberculosis (TB), and 13% of 8.6 million new TB cases every year are HIV positive. Also 1 in 5 HIV associated deaths are due to TB. Moreover PLHIV are 21-34 times more likely to develop active TB disease than persons without HIV.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 23, 2014
'Do not be a statistic, but own the information that shapes programmes' We cannot wait till the research and development of a product gets over and then begin figuring out how to roll it out to communities in need. Female condoms are perhaps another example in this context. Female condoms were approved by US FDA in 1993 but we are yet to see the expected optimal public-health outcome as its availability, accessibility and affordability is severely limited.

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