TB cases in India under-reported, says WHO

Aarti Dhar, CNS Correspondent, India
[First published in The India Saga]
A latest global report on TB has said that TB cases in India are under-reported with 6.1 million new TB cases notified to the national authorities and reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015. Notified TB cases increased from 2013 to 2015, mostly due to a 34% increase in notifications. India made TB a notified disease in 2012. TB remains one of the top 10 causes of deaths worldwide in 2015. The WHO Global TB Report 2016 has revised the number of incident (new) cases of TB in India to 2.8 million cases in 2015 and 2.9 million cases in 2014 as against the earlier estimated figures of 2.2 million cases in 2014.

Organized interference by tobacco industry in health issues brings death

Francis Okoye, CNS Correspondent, Nigeria
Tobacco industry all over the world, is bringing death through its interference in health policies. Panelists at a webinar, recently organised by Citizen News Service on tobacco industry interference in WHO framework convention on tobacco control (FCTC), said that tobacco industries have hijacked political and legislative processes, exaggerated the economic importance of tobacco industry, and manipulated public opinion to gain an appearance of respectability.

[Podcast] Challenging nevertheless but possible to make a difference in public health

Dr KS Sachdeva is the Deputy Director General at National AIDS Control Programme of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Prior to that he made seminal contribution to shaping the national tuberculosis programme of India and also had two decades of clinical work at a prestigious tertiary level hospital in India's capital Delhi. This audio podcast features his interview as part of CNS Inspire series. [Click here to download or listen to this podcast]

[Focus] Challenging nevertheless but possible to make a difference in public health

Burden of heart diseases: Risk factors and prevention

Catherine Mwauyakufa, CNS Correspondent, Zimbabwe
To say that more poor people succumb to non communicable diseases (NCDs), as compared to the rich, is not an understatement. One would wonder, why the co-relation—the diseases are non communicable and so how do they end up killing more poor people. Poverty stricken communities have little or limited health facilities hence access to quality healthcare to these people living is always a constraint and at times not available.

[Podcast] Scientific highlights of 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health

This is an audio recording of an exclusive webinar for media where WHO Global TB Programme and International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union) experts shared the scientific highlights of the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool, UK. [Click here to listen or download this audio podcast]

[Webinar] Scientific highlights of 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health

Safeguard your heartbeats

Alice Tembe, CNS Correspondent, Swaziland
Cardio vascular diseases (CVDs) are one of the major chronic ailments that have strongly impacted today’s generation, along with other non communicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer, hypertension and diabetes. Notably, in over 80% of the cases, the diseases are lifestyle related. Small changes in lifestyle practices and choices could effectively minimize risk factors.

Protecting people from tobacco is a public health imperative

Pritha Roy Choudhury, CNS Correspondent, India
A chance meeting with Rosalina Diengdoh (name changed), a 50 year old woman  from the north eastern state of Meghalaya in India, who is in Delhi for the treatment of her son, reaffirmed my doubts regarding the impact of pictorial warnings on packed tobacco products to dissuade people from using the same. It was in April 2016, after a two year battle, that the Indian government  finally acceded to quadruple in size the graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging.

The productive and positive sides of ageing discussed in Vietnam

Prakash Tyagi, CNS Correspondent, India
Help Age International Asia Pacific Regional Office, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Government of Vietnam, Asian Forum of Parliamentarians for Population and Development (AFPPD) and World Health Organization (WHO) along with a number of other organizations and network partners organized a regional conference on ageing and associated aspects.

AIDS is a political disease and a medical scourge, says US Congressman

Shobha Shukla - CNS (Citizen News Service)
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So said US Congressman Dr Jim McDermott while receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th National Conference of AIDS Society of India (ASICON 2016) in Mumbai.

TB deaths climbing up, not declining: "Governments need to get their heads out of the sand..." says MSF

Ashok Ramsarup, CNS, South Africa
WHO's latest Global Tuberculosis Report reveals some shocking statistics: Tuberculosis (TB) deaths jumped to 1.8 million in 2015 from 1.5 million in 2014, with 41% of people estimated to have fallen sick with the disease being left undiagnosed and untreated. The treatment gap for people with drug-resistant TB remains morbidly high – in 2015, just 20% of people sick with drug-resistant forms of TB received the treatment they needed. The WHO Global TB Report is a wake-up call to break the status quo in how TB, and its drug-resistant forms, are being diagnosed and treated.