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 the lead up to the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in 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.

Youth should be champions for healthy living & never begin tobacco smoking


Tobacco-free generation: Protecting young people from beginning tobacco use is key


This Podcast features Antonio Joseph R Inton, Mayor of Hermosa in Philippines, 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. Mayor Antonio also speaks about Tobacco Free Generation efforts which is helping children and young people to stay away from tobacco.

'Tobacco-free generation' approach is helping young people to stay away from tobacco


Youth in Dili, Timor Leste, to opt for tobacco-free generation from 2020


This Podcast features Gasper Soares, Mayor of Dili City of Timor Leste; Agostinha Da Costa Saldanha Segurado, Director of Health, Dili, Timor Leste; and Antonio De Dues Fatima, Ermera Municipality, NCD officer, Dili, Timor Leste; who were in conversation with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla, at the 4th Summit of APCAT (Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and NCDs Prevention).

Young people in Dili #TimorLeste to be encouraged for a #tobacco-free generation from 2020


Changing mindsets about tobacco use is also key to save lives


This Podcast features Han Kosal, Deputy Governor, Kampong Cham province, Cambodia, 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.

Changing how people perceive tobacco use will help make this world tobacco-free



Are cities prepared to respond to prevention of NCDs and injuries?


This Podcast features Ariella Rojhani, Director, Partnership for Healthy Cities, Vital Strategies, 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).

Over 50 cities globally unite to prevent #NCDs and injuries


Tobacco epidemic is entirely preventable: No excuse for inaction


This Podcast features conversation with Barrister Shameem Haider Patwary, Member of Parliament (MP) from Bangladesh, who is also a part of Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and NCDs Prevention (APCAT) and among distinguished high-level delegates of 4th Summit of APCAT 2019.

Preventing the avoidable burden of #NCDs & averting untimely deaths, is a #humanrights imperative!


Tobacco control enforcement has resulted in saving costs in Bogor, Indonesia


This Podcast features Mayor of Bogor City in Indonesia Dr Bima Arya Sugiarto, who is also the Co-Chair of APCAT. Dr Bima Arya Sugiarto spoke with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla. He spoke with CNS right before the 4th Summit of APCAT (Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and NCDs Prevention) which will open on World Lung Day in Bogor.

Tobacco control is saving costs in Bogor (Indonesia), says Mayor Dr Bima Arya Sugiarto


Reject false solutions to climate crisis: Manila initiative on rights of climate migrants gives hope

The writing is on the wall: rich countries, whose wealth and progress is at the cost of resource exploitation of conquered nations and the unabated combustion of fossil fuels for energy, must bear the onus of climate action. However, commitments from these governments have been lacking owing to a refusal to acknowledge their moral responsibilities and ecological debt, as well as due to strong lobbying of corporations.

Local solutions, local actions for #GlobalGoals to control tobacco and NCDs

Dr Bima Arya Sugiarto, Mayor, Bogor & Co-Chair APCAT (centre); Dr Tara Singh Bam of
The Union (right) and Shobha Shukla of CNS (left)
The 4th Summit of Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Prevention (APCAT) will open in Bogor, Indonesia, on 25th September 2019, which also happens to be World Lung Day. This two-days regional meet is jointly organized by APCAT, Ministry of Health Indonesia, Republic of Indonesia, Bogor City, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and Partnership for Healthy Cities.

Inside out: Climate change induced migration

Climate change greatly impacts the lives of migrants in different parts of the world. According to the United Nations, by 2050, up to 1 billion people could be driven away from their homes due to the worsening impacts of climate change.Both, sudden and slow onset weather events, affect the migrants.

Tetet Nera Lauron shares insights for a just social order: address #ClimateChange, #migration & root causes


This Podcast features a conversation with Maria Theresa Lauron (Tetet Nera Lauron) who has made signficiant contribution to development justice, in particular, climate justice over the past three decades. Presently she is an Advisor to Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung based in Philippines and was part of organizing team of 1st-ever International Solidarity Conference on the Rights of Climate Migrants (Beyond Labels, Beyond Borders).

Humanitarian response is vital for climate disasters but not enough. Why is poor, most hard-hit?



Salina Sanou calls for recognizing and responding to #climatechange induced #migration in #Africa

This Podcast features a conversation with Salina Sanou, head of programmes, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in Kenya. She spoke with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla, on the sidelines of "Beyond Labels Beyond Borders" global meet (1st International Solidarity Conference on the Rights of Climate Migrants).

Leaders in #Africa need to recognize & respond to #ClimateChange induced #migration


No human is illegal: Fighting for #ClimateJustice in the heart of the capitalist beast - Germany

This Podcast features conversation with Lorenz Gosta Beutin, Member of Parliament (MP) Die Linke, Germany. Lorenz spoke with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on the Rights of Climate Migrants in Manila, Philippines. Germany is 4th largest polluter of CO2 in the world and has a duty to respond to climate change as well as for care for people who are forced to opt for climate induced migration.

When asylum seekers come to Germany for political reasons why cannot climate migrants?


Cuba government recognizes and responds to climate change and migration

This Podcast features a conversation with Anisley Morejon Ramos from Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Cuba, who spoke with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla. Anisley speaks in #Spanish, but nothing to worry for non-Spanish speaking people as Steven Osuna of Human Rights Alliance for Child Refugees and Families is helping translate, salamat Steven!.

Climate migration is a forced migration: Governments need to buckle up to respond fully!

This Podcast features a conversation with Eni Lestari, who is a migrants' rights activist and Chairperson of International Migrants Alliance (IMA), and focal person for APWLD (Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development)’s Labor and Migration Program. She spoke with Shobha Shukla Managing Editor of CNS at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on the Rights of Climate Migrants (Beyond Labels, Beyond Borders).

People surged after typhoons but governments are yet to fully respond to climate change

This Podcast features a conversation with Dr Efleda Bautista, President of People Surge, Philippines, an alliance of typhoon Haiyan survivors seeking government support and accountability. She spoke with Shobha Shukla, Managing Editor of CNS at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on Rights of Climate Migrants in Manila, Philippines. This conference was on the theme of Beyond Labels, Beyond Borders.

Climate change, migration and people with disabilities in Tuvalu

This Podcast features a conversation with Melton Tauetia, General Manager, Fusi Alofa Association of Tuvalu in the Pacific. Melton spoke with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla, at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on the Rights of Climate Migrants) in Manila, Philippines. The theme is: Beyond Labels, Beyond Borders!

People's surge after typhoons Haiyan & Yolanda devastation but when will governments rise up?


Cuba government recognizes & responds to climate change & migration


Instead of ducking, governments must take full responsibility for #climate #migrants


Climate change, migration and people with disabilities in Tuvalu


Despite odds, determination of women climate migrants is writ large

The Baseco reclamation project is one of the 22 reclamation projects planned by the Philippines government along the Manila Bay. It is being opposed tooth and nail by the 70,000 settlers (mostly fisher folks) of Baseco Compound, Tondo, a reclaimed section of the Manila Port Area, who fear losing their livelihood due to forced evacuation and displacement.

A tribute to Professor Carlo Fonseka

Manjari Peiris, Sri Lanka
The world recently lost a man in a million! Yes, I am talking of none other than Professor Carlo Fonseka - a superlative human being of our times who left for his heavenly abode on September 2, 2019 at the age of 86 years. Many articles and newspaper editorials have appeared in the press during the last few days paying tribute to this great Sri Lankan, whose sad demise has left a void that is difficult to fill.

People living with HIV but dying of NCDs, tobacco use

This Podcast features a special message by Dr Tara Singh Bam, Deputy Regional Director for Asia Pacific at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union). Dr Tara Singh Bam was on the Panel of Experts for a session at 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico City. He shares his insights on "People living with HIV but at risk of dying of non-communicable diseases and tobacco use".

To end AIDS, TB and malaria, we need to go beyond Universal Health Coverage, on lines of WHO '3 Billion' model

This Podcast features a special message from Dr Tim France, a noted global health thought leader and Managing Director of Inis Communication. Dr France was on panel of experts in a session at 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico City. He shares his insights on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and to what extent is it an opportunity to accelerate disease elimination programmes such as those towards ending AIDS, TB and malaria?

Intersection of epidemics: Cardiovascular diseases and AIDS

This Podcast features a special message by Dr Rishi Sethi, Professor, Cardiology Department, King George’s Medical University (KGMU), India and Executive Council member, Cardiological Society of India (CSI) and Member Scientific Committee, Asia Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology (APSIC). Professor Rishi Sethi shared his insights on how cardiovascular diseases impact people living with HIV, on the last day of 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico.

From the inside-out: TB-related self-stigma

This Podcast features a special message by Dr Ian Hodgson, who is part of The Work For Change team, and who was on the panel in a session at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico. Dr Hodgson shares his insights on how self-stigma or shame affects people with tuberculosis (TB), or people living with HIV who have/had TB.

Recording of all sessions of TB HIV Symposium at IAS 2019

CNS live-streamed the TB HIV Symposium organized before the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) opened in Mexico, on our Facebook page. This symposium was organized by Stop TB Partnership, International AIDS Society (IAS), and partners, on the theme: "A new era in TB prevention: Implications for people living with HIV". Sessions covered basic and translational research and implementation at the intersection of TB and HIV, and focused on TB prevention.

We are sharing links to recording of all the sessions:

From the inside out: TB-related self-stigma


TB is preventable & curable: Zero new infection & zero deaths must become a reality

TB is preventable, treatable and curable. Science shows how we can effectively prevent, accurately diagnose, treat with effective regimen, and eventually cure TB. But are we not failing to translate scientific wisdom to public health gains? How can we explain over 10 million new cases of TB and 1.6 million TB deaths (including 300,000 TB deaths among people living with HIV) in 2017 (source: WHO Global TB Report 2018)?

Preventing TB is rooted in medical ethics and human rights

With a quarter of the world’s population infected with latent TB (not active TB disease), and in the light of the scientific fact that every new case of active TB disease comes from this pool of population infected with latent TB, the writing on the wall is clear: we cannot put TB prevention on the blindspot anymore if we are to eliminate TB globally.

Is Universal Health Coverage an opportunity to end AIDS and TB?

[Watch recording of IAS2019 session] At the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019, a special United Nations High Level Meeting (UNHLM) will be held on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). 193 countries have promised to deliver on UHC by 2030 by committing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Local actions are most critical building blocks for #Agenda2030

This Podcast features a conversation with Azra Talat Sayeed, Rural Sector member of CPDE (CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness), was in conversation with Shobha Shukla, CNS Managing Editor, on sidelines of 1st Senior Level Meeting (SLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), which took place in United Nations, New York.

Local actions are most critical building blocks for #Agenda2030


Effective partnerships uniting all key stakeholders are key for ↑ progress on #Agenda2030

This Podcast features a conversation with Richard Ssewakiryanga, Co-Chair of CPDE (CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness) and Executive Director, Uganda National NGO Forum, was in conversation with Shobha Shukla, CNS Managing Editor, on sidelines of 1st Senior Level Meeting (SLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) which took place at the United Nations, New York.

Effective partnerships uniting all key stakeholders are key for ↑ progress on #Agenda2030


Development effectiveness lens does a reality check on SDGs

This Podcast features a conversation with Justin Kilcullen, Co-Chair of CPDE (CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness). He was in conversation with Shobha Shukla, CNS Managing Editor, on sidelines of 1st Senior Level Meeting (SLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) which took place in United Nations, New York (13-14 July 2019).

Lens of development effectiveness does a reality check on promises of Agenda 2030


Preventing TB among people living with HIV is a standard of care

This Podcast features a conversation with Esnath Manhiri of Zimbabwe national network of people living with HIV. She calls for all people living with HIV to have access to TB Preventive Treatment (TPT). Treating latent TB is a standard of care. She was in conversation with CNS on sidelines of TB HIV Symposium (organized by Stop TB Partnership) at 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico.

Preventing TB among people living with HIV is a standard of care


"We are only as strong as we are united", reminds Alberto Colorado | #endTB #endAIDS

This Podcast features a conversation with noted veteran #endTB activist Alberto Colorado, who is also the coordinator of TB Coalition in Americas. He spoke with CNS on the sidelines of TB HIV Symposium organized by Stop TB Partnership and International AIDS Society (IAS) and partners, in Mexico at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019).

"We are only as strong as we are united" #endTB #endAIDS


Connecting the dots: Medical #ethics, #TB preventive therapy & efforts to #endTB & #AIDS

This Podcast features a conversation with Prof Harry Hausler, Chief Executive Officer of TB HIV Care in South Africa. He spoke with CNS on sidelines of TB HIV Symposium, organized by Stop TB Partnership, International AIDS Society (IAS), and partners. He roots efforts to end TB and AIDS, and address latent TB in medical ethics, and human rights.

Connecting the dots: Medical #ethics, #TB preventive therapy & efforts to #endTB & #AIDS



A tale of two positives attracting each other

I met the two of them at the Clinica Condesa Iztapalapa, in Mexico City, where I had gone to attend the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019). Was it a mere coincidence that they had many things in common - they share the same surname; they speak fluent English; they neither drink nor smoke nor are on drugs; they eat well; they are fitness freaks and lead a healthy life. And they both are HIV positive and live life positively. Even though it was love at first sight for them, it was not a case of opposites attracting each other.

Growing call for collaboration between NCDs and HIV programmes

This Podcast features conversation on people living with HIV but dying of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This dialogue took place at the 10th International Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico.
Panelists included:
  • Dr Rishi Sethi, Professor, Cardiology Department, King George’s Medical University (KGMU), India and Executive Council member, Cardiological Society of India (CSI) and Member Scientific Committee, Asia Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology (APSIC);

People living with HIV but dying of NCDs


Community engagement in research at all levels is must for #publichealth impact

This Podcast features conversation with Ntando Yola, Lead Community Engagement Manager, Clinical Trials Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Ntando spoke with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla at 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019). Communities must inform and set the research agenda as well as remain genuinely engaged as science progresses ahead so that scientific breakthroughs are geared to meet their unique needs and contexts, and translate into public health impact.

Community engagement in research at all levels is vital for #publichealth impact



People-centered approaches drive us towards ending TB

This Podcast features conversation with Maurine Murenga who leads Lean On Me Foundation in #Kenya was in conversation with CNS on sidelines of #TB #HIV Symposium at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV #Science (#IAS2019) in #Mexico. Maurine Murenga is a powerful advocate for community and people centric approaches at all levels of policies, programmes and actions aiming to #endTB, #AIDS and deliver on other #SDGs.