[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

[Click here to register] 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.

[Focus] Do not leave migrants behind in Agenda 2030, says Eni Lestari


[Podcast] Do not leave migrants behind in Agenda 2030, says Chair of International Migrants' Alliance


[Listen or download this audio podcast] Eni Lestari is the Chairperson of International Migrants' Alliance, which is the first-ever global alliance of organizations of grassroots migrants, refugees and displaced peoples.   Eni Lestari 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. Eni Lestari was in conversation with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla. [Listen or download this audio podcast]

[Podcast] #IndiaVsTB: Film stars and public health experts call upon ending TB stigma and catastrophic costs


[Listen or download this audio podcast] This CNS Podcast episode features 3 Indian film-stars Suniel Shetty, Sonu Sood and Suhail Khan, and Executive Director of International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union) Jose Luis Castro, along with Deepti Chavan, who is not only a TB survivor but also champions the cause for improving TB care for all those in need. They were key speakers at the TB Free India Summit held on World Health Day 2017 in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. [Listen or download this audio podcast]

[Podcast] Collective action can help accelerate the pace to #endTB, says Rhea Lobo at #IndiaVsTB


[Listen or download the audio podcast] Rhea Lobo, a noted international award winning film-maker and a freelance journalist, is also a TB survivor. She shared her insights on how to accelerate the pace to end TB at the potentially-game changing inter-sectoral meet, TB Free India Summit  (#IndiaVsTB) at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, on World Health Day 2017 [Listen or download the audio podcast].

Indian HIV doctors pay tribute to untimely death of noted HIV scientist Dr Mark Wainberg

Pioneering Canadian HIV researcher Dr Mark Wainberg, died of drowning in Bal Harbour, Florida, USA, at the age of 71 years. Asthma attack took away this top HIV scientist. "His family was with him, and his son tried to rescue him, was able to locate Dr. Wainberg, and began to swim back to shore with him. He was transported to the hospital in Miami, where he was pronounced dead" shared Dr Ishwar Gilada, President of AIDS Society of India (ASI).

Breaking the news to children living with HIV

Catherine Mwauyakufa, CNS Correspondent, Zimbabwe
(First published in Manica Post)
Parents and guardians with children on anti retroviral therapy (ART) have a lot to consider before initiating them on life-long medication. Medication for diabetes mellitus (DM) is easily explained to a child as compared to those on ARVs. Normally, a child with diabetes will understand the condition better as compared to a child who is HIV positive and has to take ARVs for life.

Trading indifference on the triggers of TB is amplifying the burden globally

Roger Paul Kamugasha, CNS Correspondent, Uganda
As we applaud the effort of global players in the fight against TB for the immense resources invested to end TB by 2030, let me, as a TB activist, strongly grieve because of the persistent and pseudo ignorance exhibited  by our global planners. This year’s Global Theme is “Unite to End TB” with the slogan of “Find the Missing Patients with TB”. I find these appropriate and concur with the phrasing. It is in black and white that about 9 million people get TB every year around the world and nearly 2 million deaths are caused by TB alone. This means with every passing minute, 3 persons die of TB and it is  also the leading killer among HIV infected people, responsible for the 30% deaths of HIV positive people.

Inter-sectoral and well-coordinated battle to #endTB is imperative to deliver on Agenda 2030

[हिंदी] Growing political commitment of governments globally to #endTB is indeed welcoming but governments need to walk the talk too to #endTB and deliver on promises of integrated sustainable development by 2030.

India to finalise a national strategy plan to end TB

Aarti Dhar, CNS Correspondent, India
India will shortly finalise a national strategy to end tuberculosis (TB) in the country by 2025; this was announced by the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda to mark the International TB Day on March 24. The 'daily regimen' of TB drugs, which has been found to be more effective than intermittent treatment, will also be rolled out across the country this year. As of now, this regimen is being implemented in only five states.

The struggle against TB continues

Clarity Sibanda, CNS Correspondent, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has become the latest, and one of the few countries, in the region to roll out the latest TB drug called Delamanid, to treat difficult case of multi drug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB. The new TB treatment program will see patients taking one drug per day as opposed to between 12 and 16 tablets. The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said the introduction of the new drug is anticipated to help the country improve cure rates.

"Storms make trees take deeper roots": Insights of a cancer survivor with indomitable spirit

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
- CNS Special on World Health Day 2017 -
"One night, in the summer of 2013, I felt a twitch in my breast. It was something like if you hurt your toenail. Having a family history of cancer, I did not want to take any chance, and promptly saw my doctor the very next day. He reassured me that there was nothing to worry, more so because there was no lump."