How will we avert asthma deaths without definitive diagnostics and universal access to effective treatment?

(Watch webinar recording, listen or download podcast] [हिंदी] The Government of India along with other governments have committed to reduce premature deaths due to non-communicable diseases (including asthma) by one-third by 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). The National Health Policy 2017 of India also promises to "reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory diseases by 25% by 2025".

[Podcast] Civic spaces are crucial for fully achieving Agenda 2030, say two senior government representatives


[Watch video interview] [Listen or download this audio podcast]
Two senior government officials share why developing civic spaces is crucial to help governments and all development actors, for fully achieving Agenda 2030.  HE Judy Taguiwalo, Minister of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines; and HE Brendan Rogers, Ambassador of Ireland to Thailand; were in conversation with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla, at the "Breaking Grounds, Taking Roots: The Istanbul Principles @7" in Thailand. [Listen or download this audio podcast]

[Focus] Civic spaces are crucial in achieving Agenda 2030: Government representatives



Deep condolences on sudden demise of beloved friend Akhilesh Shukla

We express our deepest condolence on the sudden demise of our beloved friend Akhilesh Shukla. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a major concern and Akhilesh's loss is also a grim reminder of how age at which CVDs strike are slipping downwards. An MCA, Akhilesh was managing his own IT company in partnership, since 2011. We knew him not only for providing prompt computer hardware and software services to CNS, but also for his active involvement with our Vote For Health campaign.

Dear Akhilesh, we find it difficult to comprehend how fate could snatch you away from us in the prime of your life, when you were just 34 years old and blessed with a daughter barely 3 months ago. You touched the lives of all of us here at CNS in very inspiring ways and your influence will guide us forever. May God grant your family and friends the strength and wisdom to bear this irreparable loss.

Can Istanbul Principles help develop civic spaces for implementing Agenda 2030?

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
Julia Sanchez, President-CEO, CCIC (left)
Shobha Shukla, Managing Editor, CNS (right)
[Watch video interview] [Listen or download this audio podcast] The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) meet on 'Breaking Ground and Taking Root: The Istanbul Principles @7' provided a space for civil society organisations (CSOs) to reflect on the importance of Istanbul Principles (IPs) in charting common strategies and mobilizing constituencies to strengthen efforts to improve the effectiveness and quality of CSO development work. 

[Podcast] Istanbul Principles, shrinking civic spaces and Agenda 2030: Insights from Julia Sanchez


[Watch video interview] [Listen or download this audio podcast] Julia Sanchez is the President-CEO of Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) and Co-Chair of CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE).  She was in conversation with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla, at the "Breaking Grounds, Taking Roots: The Istanbul Principles @7", which happened recently in Bangkok, Thailand. [Listen or download this audio podcast]

[Focus] Can Istanbul Principles safeguard civic spaces for achieving Agenda 2030?



[Podcast] World Asthma Day 2017: Universal access to asthma care is imperative for Agenda 2030


[Listen or download this audio podcast] [Watch webinar recording] This is the World Asthma Day 2017 Webinar recording. People with asthma can live normal lives if their asthma is managed properly. But low awareness, health systems challenges and inaccessible asthma care are among the major factors that contribute towards poor management of asthma, adding to avoidable emergency hospitalization at times too. [Listen or download this audio podcast]

[Webinar] World Asthma Day 2017: Manage asthma well and live life normally!


[Focus] Equal, accountable and effective partnerships can help deliver on Agenda 2030



[Podcast] Equal, accountable and effective partnerships are essential for Agenda 2030


[Listen or download this audio podcast] Ziad Abdel Samad, Executive Director, Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) was one of the key participants at the "Breaking Grounds, Taking Roots: The Istanbul Principles @7", a potentially game-changing meeting of hundreds of civil society champions from around the world along with some government representatives among others, which happened recently in Bangkok, Thailand. [Listen or download this audio podcast]

[Call to register] Webinar in lead up to World Asthma Day

[Watch webinar recording] [Listen or download this audio podcast] Please be welcome to join us in this special webinar in lead up to 2017 World Asthma Day. People with asthma can live normal lives if their asthma is managed properly. But low awareness, health systems challenges and inaccessible asthma care are among the major factors that contribute towards poor management of asthma, adding to avoidable emergency hospitalization at times too.