Addressing pneumonia: The deadly childhood illness

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
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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 released recently by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a projected 5.9 million children around the world will die in 2015 before reaching their 5th birthday.

'Mumbai terror attacks and I'

Dr Rahul Pandey, CNS Columnist
I wrote these personal thoughts immediately after the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008 but never sent it to a publication. On the heels of terrible terror attacks in Paris, in the midst of equally horrifying attacks going on in parts of the Arab world, and on the anniversary of 26/11, as similar thoughts come to my mind I decided to dig it out. So here it goes ..

Lessons to be learned from intolerance debate

Dr Rahul Pandey and Dr Sandeep Pandey
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A good outcome of so many writers, poets, artists, historians and scientists returning awards or writing letters in protest against growing intolerance in Indian society is that a debate has been set off in the public domain. However the arguments and counterarguments have often become bitter. In this debate most of the bitterness has been displayed by some of those who do not agree that intolerance is on a rise.

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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Can global peace and harmony be a reality?

Dr Ajit Kumar Verma
Dr Ajit Kumar Varma, CNS Columnist
I am writing this as I am deeply pained by all the atrocities, killings, aggression and war rampant in different parts of the world. All this mad frenzy of violence and killing, which is going on all around us, has been present there in varying degrees since civilization began. Recent acts of terrorism have escalated it to new despicable heights. Nations are now discussing ways and means of countering the nefarious acts of terrorism. But most discussions on peace centre around ways of subjugation and suppression of the 'enemy'. Now there are talks of waging a war on terror.

Action against TB-Diabetes co-epidemic: If not now, then when?

Dr Richa Sharma, CNS Correspondent, India
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The world is threatened by yet another big looming co-epidemic of TB and diabetes. And no, it has not happened overnight-- it has taken its own time to evolve and emerge as a public health emergency. The situation is so very similar to the TB-HIV epidemic and the late response that was meted to it that it scares the policymakers, public health professionals and people across all strata of society to think about the impact that this combination of deadly diseases will have, once it strikes with full force.

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Diabetes mellitus and TB: Can we avert a looming co-epidemic?

Catherine Mwauyakufa, CNS Correspondent, Zimbabwe
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Diabetes mellitus (DM) and tuberculosis (TB) have a link, even though many people have not really taken time to see that this co-infection is on the increase. In 2013 4% of the global DM burden was in Africa. In the same year, the continent reported 29% of the TB burden. As per the Diabetes Atlas, worldwide 387 million people have DM today and this figure could rise to 552 million in 2030.

TB & Diabetes: How will I live?

Alice Tembe, CNS Correspondent, Swaziland
It seemed like the sun will not set, as Thandiwe Tsabedze (name changed), a 38 year old mother sat by the doorstep of her home in Msunduza while her children played with laughter in the backyard. Thandiwe had developed diabetes as a side effect of antiretroviral treatment  (ART) that she started on a few years ago. At that time she was also diagnosed, and was successfully treated, TB as well.

The Bali Declaration aims to prevent diabetes from fuelling TB

Dr Amitava Acharyya, CNS Correspondent, India
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The duel problem of TB and diabetes mellitus (DM) is a major public health dilemma today.  Like in the case of TB-HIV, it has taken several years to focus the attention of the public health community and others on this crucial issue. According to estimates, 6 of the 10 high-TB-burden countries are also expected to have the highest numbers of people living with diabetes by 2035.