‘I can, we can’ make a difference in cancer control

Catherine Mwauyakufa, CNS Correspondent, Zimbabwe
Human beings were created in a superior way from any other creations in so much as that they can reason and have power over their actions. However, some of their actions do not exhibit that element to reason, which leaves the human beings to suffer some of the tragic, yet avoidable consequences. Cancer is a non communicable disease and World Cancer Day is observed on February 4 and Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world to commemorate the day. The theme for the next three years is: “I can, we can”.

Can we win the battle against cancer?

Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
Photo credit: CNS: citizen-news.org
Today (4th February) is World Cancer Day. It is an opportunity to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer by raising awareness and education about the disease; and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action to save millions of preventable deaths each year. Currently 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year out of which 4 million die prematurely (30-69 years).

World Cancer Day 2016: Are we beginning to forget?

Alice Tembe, CNS Correspondent, Swaziland
World Cancer Day will take place on February 4th 2016 and the commemoration is aimed at raising awareness and promoting reflection about what we can do collectively and individually to "reduce the global burden of cancer”. This comes at a time when many other loud world concerns have begun to take centre stage— the barbaric gun control debate, eyeing the teenage population as potential criminals and terrorists, and the daring climate changes leading strongly to economic downfall and rising costs of living.

Sustainable Development Goals 2030: A challenge or an opportunity?

Avantika Chaturvedi, CNS Correspondent, India
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights underpin every aspect of sustainable development and economic growth and cut across the three dimensions of economic, social and environmental development. Member countries to the UN adopted the Global goals for sustainable development in September, 2015. These goals aim to play a crucial role for the upliftment of the underserved populations.

Dawn of a new era for treatment of Childhood TB

Dr Amitava Acharyya, CNS Correspondent, India
TB continues to be a major infectious disease among children.  Southeast Asia and Western Pacific regions are bearing more than 50% of the total childhood TB cases. India alone accounts for 27% of the global burden of paediatric TB. Nearly 5% of the new cases in India are reported among children. Early diagnosis and proper treatment plays a crucial role in not only improving cure rates but also in reducing the burden of drug sensitive as well as multi drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), the latter affecting 32,000 children globally.

[Call to register] Webinar for media in lead up to World Cancer Day 2016

[Webinar recording] We welcome you to register for an exclusive media webinar in lead up to this year's World Cancer Day 2016. Get connected with noted experts from lead agencies such as the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS)International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) - convener of World Cancer Day, Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital, leaders from Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference (APLCC 2016) and 70th National Conference of TB and Chest Diseases (NATCON 2016) secretariats, who will present and respond to questions live!

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A new year gift: Child friendly drugs to cure paediatric TB

Dr Richa Sharma, CNS Correspondent, India
TB has been known to mankind since ancient times and has claimed many lives every year since then. Children form a vulnerable category for many infections and TB is no different in this regard. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 million children became infected with TB in 2014 and 140,000 died because of it. Yet children remain largely neglected in this regard.