Tackling social taboos to end TB

Dr Abha Jaiswal, CNS Correspondent, India
Addressing social stigma is pivotal to eliminating TB. The ‘TB Free India Summit’ was one such initiative organized by the International Union Against TB and Lung Diseases (the Union), USAID and Challenge TB to promote zero stigma and zero discrimination towards TB patients. A key highlight of the meet was a cricket match between celebrities and parliamentarians at Dharamsala, India on April 7-8, 2017.

Traversing TB’s undulating journey of ambitious targets and facile strategies in achieving SDGs

Roger Paul Kamugasha, CNS Correspondent, Uganda
TB is one of the oldest human infectious diseases, but it was only in 1882 that the German Nobel Laureate Dr Robert Koch discovered the cause of it—Mycobacterium tuberculosis. 135 years down the line of this discovery the disease still remains a silent killer. TB cases are still far from declining at the intended rate to meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ending TB by 2030.

[Call to register] Can mHealth help accelerate progress towards ending TB?

[Click here to register] Mobile health (mHealth) is being used in different ways by TB programmes in some high-burden countries. A recent study published in June 2017 shows that presumptive-TB case-referral by healthcare providers using mHealth went up manifold.

[SDM Health Justice Lecture Series] Inter-sectoral response to #endTB | Break the silence on TB and disabilities

[Watch lecture recording | Listen to podcast] Dr Sunil Khaparde, Deputy Director General (DDG), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India; is the head of India's TB programme. Nandita Venkatesan works with The Economic Times and is a 2 time-intestinal TB survivor and patient-rights advocate. She lost over 90% of her hearing (profound deafness) due to a rare side-effect of a second-line TB drug. She recently gave a TEDx talk on her long ordeal and taking to Bharata Natyam dancing for healing.

Women should not live in fear, but act with courage

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
"One day, when my first child was barely 6 months old, my husband kicked away the water and food I had served him. On asking him the reason, he started pulling my hair and thrashing me. I was stunned at his sudden violent behaviour. But this was just the start of a never-ending saga of domestic violence that continues till today", said 30 years old Lakshmina. She hails from a Dalit community in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. The only sister of four brothers, Lakshmina is illiterate. She did start her schooling, but one day, while going to school, she met with an accident and hurt herself. Her doting mother immediately stopped sending her to school, saying that she did not want to risk her daughter’s life.

Caste inequity fuels gender injustice

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
It is important to recognize how gender injustices underpin the caste, class and social inequities. "I did start going to school. But as I am a Dalit (untouchable), I was made to sit away from the rest of the children. If I touched some upper caste child, even by mistake, I would be thrashed by the teachers - who were all Brahmins (upper caste). Even as a child I could feel the upper caste-Dalit divide. So, I stopped going to school. I am illiterate today because of the stigma against Dalits that still exists in our society, especially in rural areas. Later in life too, when I sought to work to make ends meet, my caste came in my way. Being a Dalit, nobody was ready to employ me as a domestic help. I was fit only for the job of a sweeper", shared Geeta (35 years).

[Webinar] Are TB rates declining fast enough to meet SDGs?

[Watch webinar recording] [Listen or download audio podcast] Not only our governments have committed to #endTB by 2030 by adopting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but recently convened G20 Summit earlier this month in Germany also reinforced the commitment to improve global response to anti-TB drug resistance.

Curbing cervical cancer in India

Dr. Abha Jaiswal, CNS Correspondent, India
“Cervical cancer? What is that?” wondered Shreya (name changed) when the doctor informed her about her condition. Shreya did not know much about cervical cancer and her first petrifying thoughts were that her two young daughters were going to become motherless. It was January 2010 Shreya, who had just turned 40, had been suffering from irregular menstrual bleeding and severe pelvic pain for a few months.

Generate stronger action to fight non-communicable diseases

Dr PS Sarma, CNS Correspondent, India
By endorsing Agenda 2030, governments around the world have committed to fight against NCDs which are responsible for nearly 70% of the premature deaths globally. One of the important targets of Agenda 2030 is to reduce these deaths by 33% by 2030, and all governments have to work towards achieving this goal. In a webinar organised by Citizen News Service (CNS), experts like Dr Ehsan Latif, Senior Advisor (NCDs), International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union)   and Cristina Parsons Perez, Capacity Development Director, NCD Alliance  not only gave an overview of the present scenario of NCDs, but also detailed the corrective measures needed to stem the rising tide of these killer diseases.