Tackling TB-HIV: The Importance of Integrated Care

Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
Both TB and HIV pose serious health risks. But when these two infections join together, the result is a potentially lethal co-epidemic of TB-HIV. Their coexistence is similar to opposites attracting each other despite glaring differences like two unlike poles of a magnet. They are two linked epidemics that must be fought together, in order to make significant progress in ending both. 

HIV/AIDS: I have come a long way, we have come a long way

Dr Diana Wangari, CNS Special Correspondent, Kenya
Jacqueline Wambui
On the frontlines of advocating for people living with HIV and AIDS in Kenya is Jacqueline Wambui. Gambol is an activist working with the National Empowerment Network of People living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) in Kenya and is an AVAC fellow. She shares with CNS special correspondent, Dr Diana Wangari, her personal experience of dealing with HIV. “I am HIV positive and it took me six months to find that out.” This is the beginning of Jacqueline Wambui’s story who tested positive in 2004. “It started off as what one might refer to as the constant cold—I always seemed to have a cold, or at least similar symptoms. My friends would often ask me ‘How is it that you are always unwell’.

HIV prevention research: A bimonthly injection to keep HIV away?

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
Dr Suwat Chariyalertsak, Director, RIHES, CMU
Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, is a relatively new concept of "treatment as prevention" against HIV for those HIV uninfected persons who might be at risk of contracting the virus. Currently, only Truvada, a two-drug (Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate/ Emtricitabine - TDF/FTC) combination pill, is available to be taken for PrEP.  Approved by US FDA in July 2012, Truvada is 100% effective in preventing HIV in those who take this once a day pill at least 4 or more days a week.

[Call to register] Webinar for media on world's leading infectious killer of children < 5: Pneumonia

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World's leading infectious killer of children under the age of five years, is Pneumonia. Pneumonia, a common respiratory illness, also has potentially serious outcomes for the elderly. According to Stop Pneumonia, the most vulnerable children are in poor and rural communities, underlining the need to improve equitable access to high quality care, diagnostics, and treatment for all children.

[Podcast] TB and HIV collaborative activities are critically important to end TB and AIDS by 2030


[Click here to listen or download the podcast] This webinar for media was held on 30th November 2016 featuring experts from the AIDS Society of India; People's Health Organisation; and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union); who shared why TB and HIV collaborative activities are so critically important to help the world end TB and AIDS both by 2030. [Click here to listen or download the podcast]

[World AIDS Day webinar] To #endAIDS we can't neglect TB!



It is not enough to promise, we must act to #endAIDS

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
[Watch this video interview] [Listen or download the audio podcast] Mahatma Gandhi had once said, "If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning". Gandhi's thought resurfaced after listening to Dr Ishwar Gilada, President of AIDS Society of India (ASI). He could not have been more sincere in demanding action to the fullest to #endAIDS by 2030 as promised by our governments.

Holiday from drugs? A big NO for asthma control!

Shobha Shukla - CNS (Citizen News Service)
An estimated 300 million people are living with asthma worldwide with an additional 100 million new cases expected to be added by 2025. WHO estimates that 15 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) are lost annually because of this chronic disease that kills an estimated 250,000 people annually. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) hold the promise of reducing deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by one third by 2030 - a tall order indeed, as far as asthma is concerned.

[Podcast] Film-star Anil Kapoor becomes Ambassador for Clean Air and Healthy Lungs at NAPCON 2016


[Listen or download this podcast] One of the most recognized Indian film-stars globally, 60 years old Anil Kapoor, was made the Grand Ambassador for Clean Air and Healthy Lungs at the 18th National Conference on Pulmonary Diseases (NAPCON 2016). Emeritus Director Professor (Dr) KC Mohanty, Chairman of NAPCON 2016 and Dr Ishwar Gilada, Co-Chairman of NAPCON 2016 and President of AIDS Society of India, appealed to Bollywood film-icon to bolster the cause of clean air and healthy lungs. Anil Kapoor is perhaps one of the most fit and healthy actors in the film industry and a champion advocate for health. [Listen or download this podcast]

[Podcast] #endAIDS is possible if we do all what-we-know works: Dr Ishwar Gilada, President, AIDS Society of India


[Listen or download the podcast] Dr Ishwar Gilada is among the first medical doctors who came forward to care for people living with HIV in India. Success breeds complacency and complacency may breed failure. Dr Gilada calls on NOT letting off our feet from gas pedal and instead keep striving hard to keep the promise to end AIDS by 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs).This interview is part of CNS Inspire Series. [Listen or download the podcast]

[Focus] #endAIDS is possible: "Belief triggers the power to do..."



Governor of Nagaland exhorts doctors to be socially responsible


[Listen or download this podcast] CNS spoke with Governor of Nagaland, Shri PB Acharya, on lung diseases in India, and priority lung health issues in Nagaland state. He spoke with CNS (Citizen News Service) on the sidelines of the 18th National Conference on Pulmonary Diseases (NAPCON 2016) in Mumbai, India. [Listen or download this podcast]. He exhorted doctors to be socially responsible and be genuine partners to ensure health justice for all, especially for those in rural areas and marginalized communities. [Listen or download this podcast]

Alarming rates of pulmonary diseases warrant urgent action

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
Alarming rates of pulmonary diseases in India are warranting urgent action as well as well-coordinated and inter-sectoral comprehensive health responses across the country to ensure every citizen enjoys lung health.

Complacency breeds failure: Consolidate efforts to #endAIDS by 2030

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
[Watch this video interview] [Listen or download the audio podcast] Success breeds complacency and complacency breeds failure. When the number of people affected by a disease decreases, there is a tendency to disregard it as a public health problem.