Zoonotic TB survivor resolves to make her community TB-free

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
Timpiyian Leseni (left), Shobha Shukla, CNS (right)
Dressed in a colourful attire, Timpiyian Leseni from the Maasai tribe of Africa, turned many heads at the first-ever "WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response" which was held in Moscow in November 2017. Looking at her, it was impossible to guess that here was a zoonotic extra-pulmonary TB (EPTB) survivor. Here is her inspiring story based upon an exclusive interview Timpiyian gave to Shobha Shukla, Managing Editor of CNS (Citizen News Service):

African Union heeds the voices of girls in distress

Catherine Mwauyakufa, CNS Correspondent, Zimbabwe
Tadiwanashe, 3rd from right, receiving a scholarship in Addis Ababa
Never in her wildest dreams did she ever think that she would fly! Never did she ever think that she would address heads of states and other important delegates in a pre-conference session. Yet, all this became a reality for Tadiwanashe Naghaina, a 19 year old rural girl from Murehwa, Zimbabwe.

Her husband's suspicious nature ruined her life

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
Ratnavali’s story bears testimony to the fact that 'doubt is a disease that infects the mind, creating a mistrust of people’s motives and one’s own perceptions.' Her husband’s suspicious nature made her suffer untold miseries for more than 25 years. Ratnavali Vishwakarma, daughter of late Dr Siddhgopal (then a government doctor), hails from Pailani,  Banda, in Uttar Pradesh, India. She got married in 1982 to a teacher in the same village when was just 18 years of age and had passed Class X. Her father-in-law had been in the army and her husband was the youngest of three brothers - all of who were in the teaching profession. Siddhgopal thought that he was marrying his daughter in an educated family. Little did he realise what lay in store for her.

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Turning sunset years into gold

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
[Watch video interview] [Listen or download podcast] As soon as I set foot inside Suansawan Care Resort for the elderly in northern Thailand, I was immediately struck by its spacious, sylvan and tranquil surroundings. Set in Maerim valley, 20 km away from the Lanna province of Chiang Mai, this retirement facility is owned and managed by 66 years old British businessman Peter Brown and his Thai wife. Opened in 2013, it won the Most Outstanding Care Resort of the world award in 2016. In an exclusive and candid interview with CNS (Citizen News Service), Peter narrated the incident that motivated him to open this care home for the elderly.

Greater action is warranted if we are to walk the talk to #endAIDS and #endTB

(Left to right) Dr Surya Kant, Dr Ishwar Gilada, Dr MLB Bhatt
India has promised to end AIDS by 2030 at the UN General Assembly in 2015 by adopting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Not just internationally, the government of India has also reinforced in National Health Policy (NHP) to end TB by 2025 and AIDS by 2030. "But these promises to end TB and end AIDS must be matched by a stronger response for preventing, diagnosing, treating and caring for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and those affected by TB as well.

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Universal Health Coverage is integral to achieving the SDGs

Roger Paul Kamugasha, CNS Correspondent, Uganda
In December 2012 the UN passed a landmark resolution endorsing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the same is now at the forefront of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Since then the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified UHC as a top priority for sustainable development and focusing on it as a tool to end TB in the sustainable development era generates a cocktail of strategies. UHC is ultimately a means to promote the human right to health. More than 100 low and middle income countries, home to almost 3/4 of the world’s population, have taken steps to deliver UHC.

'Never say die' says domestic violence survivor

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
"It is because of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, (PWDVA) that today I am living in my house with my children, and my husband has been ousted from it and lives elsewhere in Latghat”, says Sonmati with a twinkle in her 60 years old eyes. Although the scars of 20 long years of suffering are writ all over her body, her spirit is indefatigable.

Adversity brought out the fighter in her

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
"He would come home drunk and kick the food I served him. I would pick up the morsels from the ground and eat them, not letting them go waste. That would infuriate him still more. I would be thrashed every day and even get thrown out of the house at night, along with my 4 children. I spent many a cold, shivering nights, sitting outside the house, wrapping my sari around my children to keep them warm. Sometimes I would not eat for 2-3 days and just cry. And to top it all, I could still not refuse him sex, else more beatings would ensue. On days when he had no money to buy liquor, he would be in a terrible mood and create a ruckus unless I arranged to get liquor for him", recalls Usha (40 years), who suffered these  indignities and inhuman behaviour at her husband’s hands for 10 long years.