If we are to end TB then all TB services must reach everyone-in-need


This Podcast features Tushar Kanti Ray, senior public health social scientist, who is also a two-times TB survivor himself. With over 30 years of experience in fighting TB and promoting other public health measures in over 30 countries, Tushar Kanti Ray shares insights on how to strengthen TB response [Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, aCast, Podtail, BluBrry, and other podcast streaming platforms].

Ensuring all TB services reach everyone-in-need is an urgent priority to #endTB


Women and community ownership have made a difference, says Rwanda's health minister


Rwanda is one of the few countries, globally, that are on track to achieve the 90-90-90 UNAIDS targets. Visiting Indian media personality Shobha Shukla spoke with Health minister Dr Diane Gashumba on the margins of ICASA 2019 – the 20th International Conference on AIDS and sexually transmitted infections in Africa, which will come to an end on Saturday in Kigali.

A new formulation of life-saving medicines on the anvil for children living with HIV


An easy to consume, heat-stable, fixed-dose combination of four antiretrovirals (ARVs) developed for HIV infected infants and young children between 3 and 25 kg bodyweight is currently under review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If approved by the FDA, this all-in-one ARV regimen, consisting of 4 ARV medicines (lopinavir, ritonavir, abacavir and lamivudine), could prove to be a game-changer for millions of HIV infected infants and young children around the world, especially in low and middle income countries.

HIV (and TB) epidemic is far from over: Urgent call to multiply efforts to end AIDS and TB


This Podcast features Dr Linda-Gail Bekker, Professor of Medicine, Chief Operating Officer of Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, and Director of Desmund Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She was in conversation with CNS founder Managing Editor and Executive Director Shobha Shukla. Dr Linda-Gail Bekker is a former President of the International AIDS Society (IAS).

HIV (and TB) epidemic is far from over: Urgency to redouble our efforts to #endAIDS & #endTB


Political leadership, decentralization and community ownership have made a difference, says Rwanda's Health Minister


This Podcast features Rwanda's Health Minister Dr Diane Gashumba who spoke with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla at ICASA 2019 (20th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa). Dr Diane shares her insights on progress Rwanda is making on strengthening health systems and also on disease-specific programmes such as HIV/AIDS, TB, NCDs, gender/ women equity, among others. She underlines how political leadership, decentralization and community ownership have been change agents making a big difference and helping progress the nation towards sustainable development, where no one is left behind.

Political leadership, decentralization and community ownership have made a difference, says Health Minister of Rwanda



Bringing #HIV response on track to #endAIDS is vital in Sub-Saharan Africa


This Podcast features Rouzeh Eghtessadi, Executive Director, SAfAIDS (Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service) and Chrispin Chomba, acting deputy director for programmes at SAfAIDS in Zambia. They were in conversation with CNS founder Executive DIrector and Managing Editor Shobha Shukla at the 20th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2019) in Kigali, Rwanda.

Bringing #HIV response on track to #endAIDS is vital in Sub-Saharan Africa



Do not leave the (mothers and) children behind, in efforts to #endAIDS


This Podcast features François Bompart, Director of HIV & Hepatitis C Initiative at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). He was in conversation with CNS founder Executive DIrector and Managing Editor Shobha Shukla at the 20th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2019) in Kigali, Rwanda.

Do not leave the (mothers and) children behind, in efforts to #endAIDS


Health and treatment literacy is a linchpin for global health security


This Podcast features Dr Dilip Mathai, Vice President of AIDS Society of India (ASI), and Co-Chair of Scientific Committee of ASICON 2019 (12th National Conference of ASI). He was conferred upon the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award by ASI for 2019. Dr Mathai is Dean, and Professor of Medicine & Adult Infectious Disease, at Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (AIMSR) in Hyderabad.

We cannot end AIDS without combating antimicrobial resistance

With just 133 months left to end AIDS, this year's World AIDS Day underlines the urgency to step up the fight against the epidemic. Despite unprecedented progress made in scaling up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, we are not yet on track to end AIDS by 2030. One of the major threats lurking to reverse these gains made in combating AIDS is antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

13 months left to deliver on 90:90:90 promises of 2020

[हिंदी] Despite promise of governments to end AIDS by 2030 and considerable progress on putting people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART) along with reduction in AIDS deaths, the decline in new HIV infections has stalled over the past 8 years in Asia Pacific.

The crown that won the HIV battle

Swapna Majumdar, CNS Special Correspondent, India
Barbara Kemigisa
Photo credit: Swapna Majumdar
She is not traumatised by it, nor does she want to hide it. On the contrary, Barbara Kemigisa wants the whole world to know that she has the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. In fact, the 33-year-old flaunts it by wearing a victory crown made with empty bottles of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs used to treat the infection and leftover pills. “I’m not afraid of the stigma of living with HIV. I want people to know my status so that they can see that people living with HIV don’t need to wither away and die. By wearing this crown, I can attract attention without saying a word,” says Kemigisa.

Not just 'treat symptoms' but also address root causes impeding progress towards ending AIDS


[Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts] This Podcast features Dr Bilali Camara, a medical epidemiologist and Country Director of UNAIDS (Joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS) in India. Bilali is former UNAIDS country director for Nigeria and has over 30 years of experience in health policy, epidemiology, clinical sciences, medical virology laboratories, advocacy and rights to health.

Not just treat symptoms but also address root causes impeding progress towards ending AIDS


HIV decline has stalled in Asia Pacific: Focus more on key populations


[Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts] This Podcast features Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman who is the President-elect of International AIDS Society (IAS), and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is in conversation with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla at ASICON 2019 (12th National Conference of AIDS Society of India) in Chennai, India.

HIV decline has stalled in Asia Pacific: Focus more on key populations to #endAIDS



New shorter one-month treatment regimen for TB prevention gives hope


[Listen on Apple Podcast] This Podcast features Dr Susan Swindells, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, and Medical Director, Speciality Care Clinic, University of Nebraska Medical Center - UNMC, USA who was in conversation with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla at ASICON 2019 (12th National Conference of AIDS Society of India) in Chennai, India (22-24 November 2019).

New shorter 1-month TB preventive treatment for latent TB gives a ray of hope | Dr Susan Swindells


133 months left to make U=U a reality for every person living with HIV

133 months left to make U=U a reality for every person living with HIV


[Listen on Apple Podcasts] This Podcast features a conversation with leaders of the ASICON 2019 (12th National Conference of AIDS Society of India). Dr Ishwar Gilada, President of AIDS Society of India (ASI), President of ASICON 2019, & Governing Council member, International AIDS Society (IAS); Dr N Kumarasamy, Co-Chair of ASICON 2019 and Chief & Director of Infectious Diseases Medical Centre, Voluntary Health Services (VHS) Hospital, Chennai; and Dr Susan Swindells, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA.

133 months left to make U=U a reality for every person living with HIV & #endAIDS by 2030



Stronger the health system & social security, greater is the chance to end TB | Dr Mario Raviglione | #endTB Dialogues


[Listen on Apple Podcasts] This Podcast features a conversation with Dr Mario Raviglione, former Director of WHO Global TB Programme, who is currently the Director of Global Health Centre of University of Milan, Italy. He is among the LEADERS featured in #EndTB Dialogues - a special CNS series, presenting insightful and thought-provoking interviews with leaders to accelerate progress towards ending TB.

Stronger the health system & social security, greater is the chance to end TB | Dr Mario Raviglione | #endTB Dialogues


Call for stronger action to end TB & tobacco, and prevent NCDs in Telangana

Several eminent doctors and public health experts delivered a memorandum to Governor of Telangana earlier this month, calling for stronger action to accelerate progress towards eliminating tuberculosis (TB) and tobaccco use, as well as in preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Telangana Governor, who herself is a medical doctor, Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan received the delegation on the last day of the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad, India.

9th Diabetes Atlas highlights & link between tobacco-TB-diabetes


[Listen on Apple Podcasts] This Podcast features the audio recording of the World Diabetes Day Webinar, which presented highlights of 9th Diabetes Atlas, and link between TB-tobacco and diabetes among other issues. 9th Diabetes Atlas was released by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) on World Diabetes Day 2019. This Webinar also had a message from Barrister Shameem Haider Patwary, Member of Parliament, Bangladesh, who is part of APCAT (Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control & NCDs Prevention) & Asia Pacific Parliamentarians' Caucus for tobacco control and NCDs prevention.

World Diabetes Day Webinar: 9th Diabetes Atlas & link between TB-tobacco-diabetes


TB prevention is no longer a choice, but an essential part of end TB strategy

"TB prevention is no longer a choice but an essential intervention to end TB... TB is one of the few infections that we ignore and do not treat till it manifests as late stage disease that has already [been] transmitted to several others. The strategy needs to expand to include preventing full blown TB disease" tweeted Dr Suvanand Sahu, Deputy Executive Director of Stop TB Partnership. "If you are not doing TB prevention, you are in the old era of controlling TB - not ending it."

Along with TB medication, ↑ prevention, immunity & ↓ risk factors to #endTB | Dr Randeep Guleria | #endTB Dialogues


This Podcast features a conversation with Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, and Chairman of Indian government's Technical Working Group on Latent #Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI). He is among the LEADERS featured in #EndTB Dialogues - a special CNS series, presenting insightful and thought-provoking interviews with leaders to accelerate progress towards ending TB.

Along with TB medication, ↑ prevention, immunity & ↓ risk factors to #endTB | Dr Randeep Guleria | #endTB Dialogues


Prevention is key cog-in-the-wheel for #TB-free India | Dr Ashwani Khanna | #endTB Dialogues


This Podcast features a conversation with Dr Ashwani Khanna, Delhi State TB Control Officer (RNTCP), and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Chest Clinic at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, Delhi. He is among the LEADERS featured in #EndTB Dialogues - a special CNS series, presenting insightful and thought-provoking interviews with leaders to accelerate progress towards ending TB.

Prevention is key cog-in-the-wheel for #TB-free India | Dr Ashwani Khanna | #endTB Dialogues



Air pollution and asthma: Sankar shares his personal testimony calling for greater action


This Podcast features a conversation with A Sankar from Empower India in Tuticorin (Thoothukudi) in Tamil Nadu state of India who shares his personal experience with #asthma triggered due to #airPollution. He gave a plenary talk at the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad, India.

Air pollution and asthma: Sankar shares his personal testimony calling for greater action



Are we on track to end TB in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon? | #EndTB Dialogues


This Podcast features a conversation with Dr Ghazi Sharkas, leads national TB programme in Jordan; Dr Hasan Gawerdi, leads national TB programme in Syria; Dr Ms Malak Quardash, leads national TB programme in Yemen south; Dr Esam Mahyoub, leads national TB programme in Yemen north; Dr Ahmed Asmer, leads national TB programme in Iraq; and Dr Ms Hiam Yaacoub, leads national TB programme in Lebanon.

Kerala's multi-layered approach to #endTB

As part of the #EndTB Dialogues series launched in lead up to the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health last month, we got an opportunity for exclusive interview with Dr M Sunil Kumar, State Tuberculosis Officer, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Kerala, and Dr Shibu Balakrishnan, World Health Organization (WHO) consultant with the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) in Kerala.

Cost of inaction to prevent and treat TB is (very) high

Prevention of TB was the focus of many a sessions at the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad, India, on the theme of 'Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action.' This conference comes one year after the first ever United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on TB.

Research needed on who's likely to progress from latent TB to active disease | Dr Soumya Swaminathan WHO | #endTB Dialogues


This Podcast features a conversation with Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO). She was most recently WHO's Deputy Director-General for Programmes. A paediatrician from India and a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has worked throughout her career to translate research into impactful programmes.

Research needed on who's likely to progress from latent TB to active disease | Dr Soumya Swaminathan WHO | #endTB Dialogues


Ground zero: Frontline champions lead the fight to #endTB as global meet opens in India

(poster of 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health outside King Koti DMC)

As global TB meet opens in Hyderabad, voices from the frontlines call for ending the pandemic | #endTB Dialogues


This Podcast features a conversation with G Swamy Reddy of Lepra Society, who is among the LEADERS featured in #EndTB Dialogues - a special CNS series, presenting insightful and thought-provoking interviews with leaders to accelerate progress towards ending TB. Launched in the lead up to the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in October 2019, this #endTBdialogues series underpins the URGENCY to step up the fight against the epidemic.

Champions on the frontlines share insights as global TB meet opens in Hyderabad | #endTB Dialogues



Are we forgetting that TB prevention is better than cure?

Without infection there is no disease: Nip the TB infection

Prevention of new infections of TB bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) and their progression to active TB disease is critical to reduce the burden of TB disease and to achieve the goal of ending TB by 2030.

Multisectoral engagement is vital for food security as well as for health security | Urvashi Prasad, Niti Aayog | #endTB Dialogues


This Podcast features a conversation with Urvashi Prasad, public policy specialist at Niti Aayog, Government of India (a policy think tank to foster state involvement in policy making processes) where she focuses on health, nutrition, sanitation and gender. She is among the LEADERS featured in #EndTB Dialogues - a special CNS series, presenting insightful and thought-provoking interviews with leaders to accelerate progress towards ending TB.

Health system is not just hospitals-clinics but also about keeping people healthy | Urvashi Prasad, Niti Aayog | #endTB Dialogues


Together we win: #StepUpTheFight & unite to end TB | Dr Rohit Sarin | #endTB Dialogues


This Podcast features a conversation with Dr Rohit Sarin, Director of National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases (NITRD) in Delhi, India (formerly LRS Institute of TB and Respiratory Diseases), who is among the LEADERS featured in #EndTB Dialogues - a special CNS series, presenting insightful and thought-provoking interviews with leaders to accelerate progress towards ending TB.

Innovations in latent TB & childhood TB | Unitaid & WHO experts | #endTB Dialogues


This Podcast features conversation with Dr Charlotte Kristiansson, Unitaid's team leader for operations; Dr Draurio Barreira, Unitaid's technical manager, strategy team (former head of TB programme of Brazil); and Dr Dennis Falzon, Medical Officer, Global TB Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO). They are among the LEADERS featured in #endTBdialogues - a special CNS series, presenting insightful and thought-provoking interviews with leaders to accelerate progress towards ending TB.

Innovations in preventing #tuberculosis and childhood #TB | Unitaid & WHO experts | #endTB Dialogues



Speed is not enough, accelerating progress is key to end TB: new WHO report

[हिंदी] Global fight against tuberculosis (TB) is making modest gains, although it is largely not yet on track to end TB. The 2019 Global TB Report of the World Health Organization (WHO) launched on 17 October 2019 gives hope, not despair, because sustained efforts have yielded some significant results. Only the European region is on track to meet 2020 targets of 20% reduction in new TB cases, and 35% reduction in TB deaths (compared to 2015). 7 high TB burden countries are also on track to meet these 2020 targets: Kenya, Lesotho, Myanmar, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Rest of the world is lagging behind.

Standing up against ageism


Corporations that abuse human rights are a threat to SDGs and our planet

[हिंदी] One of the major processes at the United Nations (UN) that gives hope for a better tomorrow where "no one is left behind" is the UN binding treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.

#endTB Dialogues: a series of interviews with leaders to ↑ progress towards ending TB

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#endTB Dialogues is a special CNS series, presenting insightful and thought-provoking interviews with leaders to accelerate progress towards ending tuberculosis (TB). Launched in early October 2019, this series underpins the URGENCY to step up the fight against the epidemic.

Attending to mental health and coordinated multisectoral response are key to #endTB


This Podcast features Paran Sarimita Winarni, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) survivor from Jakarta, Indonesia and executive secretary of PETA (Pejuang Tangguh), an organisation that empowers ex-TB patients to become treatment supporters for those who are still on treatment. She was in conversation with CNS head Shobha Shukla.

Political commitment is key for ↑ progress to #endTB, #endTobacco & #beatNCDs


This Podcast features Dr Erlina Burhan, noted TB expert from Indonesia and member, Board of Directors, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union). She was in conversation with CNS head Shobha Shukla. Dr Burhan speaks about strong linkages between tobacco use, TB, diabetes, cancer (such as lung cancer), among others.

Coordinated multisectoral efforts are critical to #endTB


High level political commitment can accelerate progress to #endTB, #endtobacco, #beatNCDs



CNS Live! features conversation to #endTB with MDR-TB survivor Paran Sarimita Winarni

CNS Live! features conversation to #endTB with Dr Erlina Burhan, Indonesia

Webinar: International Day of Older Persons 2019: Standing up against Ageism

Family Planning: Why should women pay the costs of inaction?

Swapna Majumdar, CNS Correspondent, India 
At 1.3 billion, India’s current population accounts for a 17 per cent of the total global population of 7.6 billion.  By 2022, India is set to become the most populated country in the world and pushing China to second position. It is expected to add nearly 273 million people between now and 2050 according to the UN’s  2019 report on World Population Prospects.

Integrated healthcare services are vital to #endtobacco, #beatNCDs, #endTB


This Podcast features Dr Paula I Fujiwara, Scientific Director of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), who was in conversation with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla, at the 4th Summit of APCAT (Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and NCDs Prevention) in Bogor City of Indonesia.

Break The Silos: Integrate healthcare for control of tobacco, TB, diabetes (other NCDs)


Parliamentarians in Asia Pacific need to unite to #endtobacco & #beatNCDs


This Podcast features Nepal's former Minister for Health and Population, and current Member of Parliament (MP), Khagaraj Adhikari, who was in conversation with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla, at the 4th Summit of APCAT (Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and NCDs Prevention) in Bogor, Indonesia.

Local actions are translating #GlobalGoals into actions towards #endTobacco and #beatNCDs


This Podcast features Dr Gan Quan, Director of Tobacco Control at International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), who was in conversation with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla, at the 4th Summit of APCAT (Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and NCDs Prevention) in Bogor, Indonesia.

Regional parliamentary caucus will bolster tobacco control & stop tobacco industry interference


Local actions, local enforcement and local movements are driving progress against tobacco


For tobacco free generation young people should champion healthy living


This Podcast features Francis Garcia, Mayor of Balanga City in Philippines and Co-Chair of APCAT, who was in conversation with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla at the 4th Summit of APCAT (Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and NCDs Prevention) in Bogor City Indonesia. Mayor Francis Garcia appeals to the young people to champion healthy living, and never begin use of tobacco. He is a strong supporter of #TobaccoFreeGeneration campaign.