Are actions out-of-step to control the 'tsunami' of NCDs?

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
The city of Sharjah is about to get an air-conditioned walkway to promote walking all the year round- during the 5 months of searing summer heat of United Arab Emirates (UAE), informed the Ruler of Sharjah at the Second Global NCD Alliance Forum 2017: "Stepping up the pace on NCDs: Making 2018 count". In 2015 Sharjah, was officially recognised as a WHO Healthy City, by meeting 88% of WHO Healthy City programme criteria. It abounds in public spaces for sports and physical activities too.

Process of taking back power is empowerment

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
Rajmila Yadav (39 years) is currently living in her parents' house with her 14 years old daughter and 12 years old son. She hails from a Other Backward Class (OBC) in rural Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India.

No one has the right to dictate over a woman’s body

Swapna Majumdar, CNS Special Correspondent, India
Dr Natalia Kanem
The ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis, referred to as ‘ethnic cleansing’ by some, has divided the world. Women and girls, who account for more than half the 600,000 refugees who crossed over from Myanmar to Bangladesh, have been the worst affected. Reports of abuse and sexual violence against these displaced and vulnerable women and girls have led to outrage and calls for international sanctions against Myanmar. This is not the first time women have borne the brunt of political conflict and, considering the present troubled state in different parts of the world, it may not be the last either.

Have we stepped up to take the TB-HIV duo head on?

Alice SagwidzaTembe, CNS Correspondent, Swaziland
While the world took some time off to commemorate World AIDS Day on the first of December 2017, themed “Right to health” by the World Health Organization it is clear that the strong collaboration between tuberculosis (TB) bacteria and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), is still devastating human lives, and a strongly bonded human response to this deadly duo has not yet been fully-formed.

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[Watch webinar recording] [Listen or download the podcast] Governments have committed to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 by adopting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also earlier this year in 2017, at the 70th World Health Assembly, governments and other partners, reinforced their promise to work together with renewed urgency to achieve UHC by 2030. UHC means everyone can access the quality health services they need without financial hardship.

Reality check: Is India on track to achieve the 90:90:90 HIV targets by 2020?

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people living with HIV (PLHIV), with over 1.8 million new infections and more than 1 million deaths in 2016. However, only 65% of these PLHIV are aware of their status and 53% (19.5 million) of all PLHIV are on treatment.

Out of step? Promise to end AIDS warrants stronger action!

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
Dr Ishwar Gilada, President, AIDS Society of India
The promise to end AIDS by 2030 needs to be matched by a stronger response for preventing, diagnosing, treating and caring for people living with HIV (PLHIV) as well. The passage of the HIV/AIDS Act 2017 and National Health Policy (NHP 2017) are two major policy measures of the Government of India this year. "We appreciate the government of India for this potentially game-changing law but a lot more action is needed to deliver on the promises to end AIDS" said Dr Ishwar Gilada, President of AIDS Society of India (ASI).

Women with disabilities: Are they nobody's children?

Swapna Majumdar, CNS Correspondent, India
Maria Cresta Anore at APCRSHR
Maria Cresta Anore cannot hear or speak. But her expressive eyes and animated fingers articulate her enthusiasm. Being at the 9th Asia Pacific Conference for Reproductive and Sexual health and Rights (APCRSHR) in Vietnam is a dream come true for her. It is not just the opportunity to engage with health and gender activists from the region that excites her. As a peer facilitator, Anore is keen to learn more about how to advocate for justice in sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially for women with disabilities back home in Philippines.