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.

People-centered approaches drive us towards ending TB


Effectiveness is the driver of Agenda 2030


Effectiveness is at the heart of sustainable development, says Emele Duituturaga

This Podcast features conversation with Emele Duituturaga, former co-chair of CPDE (CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness) and Executive Director of Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO). She spoke with Shobha Shukla of CNS on sidelines of 1st Senior Level Meeting (SLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) happening at the United Nations, New York.

Effectiveness is heart and soul of sustainable development, says Emele Duituturaga



#UHC can help find missing TB cases and ↓ catastrophic cost in seeking care



Writing's on the wall: No #endAIDS without #endTB

Shobha Shukla - CNS
TB and HIV both are preventable, but cutting the chain of transmission of HIV and TB is proving to be a daunting task. Treatment exists for both TB and HIV but the disease-burden and deaths every year are indeed alarming. With the countdown on TB and AIDS elimination targets for 2030 already begun, the writing on the wall is clear: business as usual and 'more of the same' approach is more likely to fail us.

Sense of urgency needs to drive progress to #endTB



Is universal health coverage an opportunity to #endAIDS & #endTB?

This Podcast features a conversation on "Is Universal Health Coverage (UHC) an opportunity to accelerate progress to end AIDS and TB?"

This dialogue took place on last day of 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico.

Panelists included:

Is UHC an opportunity to end AIDS and TB?


#ICASA2019 in #Rwanda to focus on #HIV, #TB, #NCDs


Intersection of epidemics: Cardiovascular diseases and AIDS


Need to go beyond #UHC on lines of "WHO's 3 Billion" model to #endAIDS, #endTB, ↑ #healthsecurity



Writing's on the wall: U=U is the lynchpin to #endAIDS

This Podcast features a special conversation with inspiring person behind the game-changing campaign, Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U), Bruce Richman. At 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (#IAS2019), CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla was in conversation with Bruce Richman.

Writing's on the wall: U=U is the lynchpin to #endAIDS



Achieving 100:100:100 + zero HIV transmission is must to #endAIDS

Shobha Shukla - CNS
It has been 38 years and 1 month since the first case of HIV infection was detected in 1981, reminded Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (#IAS2019) taking place in Mexico City. Dr Fauci is a recipient of Robert Koch Award and US Presidential Medal for Freedom.

Achieving 100:100:100 + zero HIV transmission is must to #endAIDS

This Podcast features conversation with experts on "Achieving 100:100:100 + Zero HIV transmission is warranted to #endAIDS". This dialogue happened at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (#IAS2019) in Mexico and was jointly organized by AIDS Society of India (ASI), People's Health Organization and CNS.

Achieving 100:100:100 + zero HIV transmission is warranted to #endAIDS


138 months left to #endTB globally: Are we on track?

This Podcast features insightful conversation with few experts on the urgency to end TB as countdown is on! "78 months left to end #TB in India (by 2025) and 138 months to #endTB globally (by 2030): Are we on track?" This conversation took place at 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico.

78 months left to #endTB in India (by 2025) & 138 months left to end TB globally (by 2030): Are we on track?


Effectiveness is the driver of sustainable development

This Podcast features a conversation with Marita Gonzales, co-Chair of CPDE (CSOs Partnership for Development Effectiveness - CPDE); Mónica Novillo, CPDE co-Chair; and Anibal Cabrera Echeverria, CPDE regional coordinator (Latin America). They were in conversation with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla 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, on the margins of High Level Political Forum (HLPF).

TB-HIV and drug-resistant TB challenging Peru's drive to #endTB and AIDS by 2030

This Podcast features Dr Eduardo H Gotuzzo, infectious disease expert from Peru, and Emeritus Professor, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Instituto De Medicina Tropical Alexander Von Humboldt, who was in conversation with CNS at TB HIV Symposium organized by Stop TB Partnership and partners before 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (#IAS2019) in Mexico.

TB-HIV co-infection and drug-resistant TB challenging Peru's drive to end TB and AIDS by 2030



Preventing TB is a critical cog in the wheel to #endTB and #endAIDS

Every case of active tuberculosis (TB) disease comes from an individual with latent TB infection. And every new case of latent TB infection is a sign of failing infection control, as someone with active TB disease transmitted the bacteria to an uninfected person. Quarter of world's population has latent TB. TB continues to be the most common opportunistic infection among people living with HIV, and also, the lead cause of death. With TB being preventable, treatable and curable, we need to do a lot more to make this slogan a reality.

Writing on the wall: No #endAIDS without #endTB



Implement TB preventive therapy to large scale with speed to end TB

This Podcast features conversation with Dr Patrick Lungu who is the head of Zambia's national #TB and #leprosy programme. He spoke with CNS at the TB HIV Symposium,organized by Stop TB Partnership, International AIDS Society (IAS), and partners, before 10th IAS Conference on #HIV Science (#IAS2019) opens in #Mexico (July 20, 2019).

Addressing latent #TB is so key to accelerate progress to #endTB and #endAIDS

This Podcast feaures message from Dr Suvanand Sahu, Deputy Executive Director of Stop TB Partnership who shares his message from TB HIV Symposium organized before the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (#IAS2019) opens in Mexico. He shares his insights on latent TB, as well as why ending #tuberculosis is so key to accelerate progress on ending #AIDS as well as other #SDGs.

Implement TB preventive therapy to large scale with speed to #endTB



Is UHC an opportunity to accelerate progress to end AIDS and TB?

Inis Communication, CNS, AIDS Society of India (ASI) and People Health Organization (PHO) are organizing this press conference at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019): "Is UHC an opportunity to accelerate progress to end AIDS and TB?". This session will be held on Wednesday, 24 July, 16:00 – 16:45 pm, in Press Conference Room (PCR), Casa Montejo 3, Centro Citibanamex, Mexico.

People living with HIV but dying of NCDs: 78 months left to #beatNCDs by 25% by 2025 (138 months left to #endAIDS)


Vote For Health campaign, Asha Parivar and CNS (Citizen News Service), AIDS Society of India (ASI) and People Health Organization (PHO) are organizing this press conference at 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science, on "People living with HIV but dying of NCDs: 78 months left to #beatNCDs by 25% by 2025 (138 months left to #endAIDS)". This session will be held on Wednesday, 24 July, 13:00 – 13:45 pm, in Press Conference Room (PCR), Casa Montejo 3, Centro Citibanamex, Mexico.

78 months left for India to end TB and 138 months to end TB globally: Are we on track?

CNS (Citizen News Service), The Work For Change, AIDS Society of India (ASI), People Health Organization (PHO) and partners are together hosting this press conference at 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019), on "78 months left for India to end TB and 138 months to end TB globally: Are we on track?". This session will be held on Monday, 22 July, 13:00 – 13:45 pm, Press Conference Room (PCR), Casa Montejo 3, Centro Citibanamex, Mexico.

#IAS2019: Achieving 100:100:100 + zero HIV transmission is warranted to #endAIDS

AIDS Society of India (ASI), CNS, People's Health Organization and partners are co-hosting this press conference at 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019), on "Achieving 100:100:100 + Zero HIV transmission is warranted to #endAIDS". This session will be held on Monday, 22 July, 11:00 – 11:45 am, in Press Conference Room (PCR), Casa Montejo 3, Centro Citibanamex, Mexico.

Global meet underlines country-level progress on sustainable development

Key decision-makers and senior representatives of several constituencies are convening to review progress on the effective development co-operation (EDC) agenda and to discuss how to accelerate country-level progress on the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

CNS Podcasts: Insightful conversations on development justice for a better tomorrow!

CNS Podcasts present insightful conversations on global health, gender and range of issues related to development justice, and politics (which is ultimate determinant of health)!

Why I did not renew my driving license?

Because I realized (better late than never) that it is government’s responsibility to provide safe, convenient, affordable, accessible and humane ways of commuting for all its citizens. When governments fail on its duty then it hides behind the market forces, and co-opts itself in corporate agenda, enticing citizens to own, borrow, rent and use private vehicles to commute. Forcing people to own their own motorized vehicle (two wheeler, car, etc) is one of the most normalized form of privatization where government like ours has almost washed away its hands from being responsible for strengthening public transport system good enough so that no one needs a private vehicle.

Innovative MACH gives hope for multi-disciplinary global health response

Although 193 governments adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which warrant an integrated and multisectoral response to deliver on those promises, the progress has been lackadaisical in the past four years. A recent UN report has set an alarm on uneven progress on some SDGs and slipping on a few of the Global Goals in Asia Pacific region. Coordinated multisectoral response needs multidisciplinary action.

New milestone for improved treatment for children with TB

Shobha Shukla, CNS
More and more children around the world are now benefitting from fixed dose combination (FDC) of child-friendly medicines to treat drug-sensitive TB, thanks to the untiring efforts of TB Alliance (Global Alliance for TB Drug Development) and its partners, including World Health Organization (WHO), for making these drugs go from development to delivery stage.

Tobacco use: Sucking the youth from the youngsters

Dr Sophia Thomas, CNS Correspondent, India
I met Somu (name changed) during one of my dental outreach camps in the outskirts of Bengaluru city. He was a bright 14-year-old boy, who wanted to grow up to be a police officer. Upon examination, Somu was found to have stains on his teeth, suggestive of smoking tobacco.

Killer Tobacco: A production or a consumption problem?

Beryl Osindo, CNS Correspondent, Kenya
Ending tobacco consumption and production is imperative to the attainment of health justice. It is probably the only solution to the reduction of tobacco-related illnesses that kill a whopping 8 million people annually.

Implementing tobacco control laws in Nigeria is a necessity

Ekwi Ajide, CNS Correspondent, Nigeria
Despite being a major risk factor for many non-communicable and other diseases tobacco use has been on the rise in Nigeria. Also, as tobacco consumption is socially accepted in the country, it makes matters worse.

End tobacco is imperative for health justice

Manjari Peiris, Sri Lanka
(First Published in Asian Tribune, Sri Lanka/Thailand on June 5, 2019)
The Citizen News Service (CNS) hosted a webinar on ‘End Tobacco is an imperative for health justice’ with a panel of experts to celebrate the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2019. The panel of experts included, Dr. Kerstin Schotte of the WHO, Professor Rama Kant, President Lucknow College of Surgeons, Professor Surya Kant, Head of Respiratory Medicine Department, King George's Medical University, and noted cardiologist Professor Rishi Sethi.

World #NoTobacco Day Webinar: #EndTobacco is an imperative for #healthjustice


2019 World No Tobacco Day Podcast: #EndTobacco is an imperative for SDGs

This podcast features luminary experts on tobacco control and public health, who discuss why ending tobacco epidemic is vital to deliver on UN Sustainable Development Goals. This special Podcast produced around World No Tobacco Day 2019, feature following experts: Dr Kerstin Schotte, World Health Organization (WHO); Prof Rama Kant, WHO Director General's WNTD Awardee, founder leader of Vote For Health (formerly Indian Society Against Smoking); Prof Surya Kant, Head, Respiratory Medicine Department, King George's Medical University (KGMU) and President, National College of Chest Physicians; Prof Rishi Sethi, Cardiology Department, KGMU and Cardiological Society of India (CSI)'s Executive Committee; Dr Ishwar Gilada, President of AIDS Society of India and Governing Council member of International AIDS Society (IAS).

Family support is crucial for diabetes care

Dr Amitava Acharrya, CNS Correspondent, India
Photo credit: CNS (Durban, South Africa: 2017)
Human health is an equilibrium condition of physical, mental and social health. Traditionally, human beings are a group of socially dependent mammals where family and society have a major role in the development of human behavior, morality, ethics and the way of life. This becomes all the more pronounced in countries like India, where a strong traditional and cultural bond runs in its milieu.

World No Tobacco Day Webinar: #EndTobacco is an imperative for health justice

[Watch webinar recording] [listen to Podcast] More than 7 million people die due to tobacco use every year. Every tobacco-related, untimely death could have been averted, and every tobacco-related disease, prevented. Tobacco is also a common risk factor for major non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as world's biggest killer cardiovascular diseases (CVDs including heart disease and stroke), cancers, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, etc, which account for over 70% of deaths worldwide.

Greater Mekong Subregion multicountry grant to eliminate malaria focuses on artemisinin resistance

Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant
(First published in Aidspan on April 16, 2019)

Civil society’s role is crucial in hard to reach areas, and needs strengthening

This year’s World Malaria Day theme, “Zero Malaria Starts With Me,” re-energizes the fight to eliminate malaria, which, though preventable and treatable, still kills more than half a million people every year.

Real talk: Are we on track to #endmalaria?

This year’s World Malaria Day theme, "Zero Malaria Starts With Me" re-energizes the fight to eliminate malaria which, despite being preventable and treatable, still kills over half a million people every year. While incredible progress has been made in the past 15 years (with over 7 million malaria deaths averted and about 40% reduction in malaria globally), the fight against the disease is now inching towards a tipping point - progress has slowed down in some parts of the world and reversed in a few.

Research and development: The gateway for a TB free world

Ronel Sewpaul, CNS Correspondent, South Africa
The fight against TB necessitates innovative new strategies to keep pace with the changing face of the epidemic and to capitalise on technological advancements. The first ever United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB in September 2018 called on world leaders to commit to and be accountable for ending TB.

Ending tuberculosis now is timelier than ever

Ekwi Ajide, CNS Correspondent, Nigeria
Nearly 4500 people die daily from tuberculosis (TB), the world’s deadliest infectious killer, and about 10 million people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease every year, which can infect any part of the body, but, more often than not, attacks the lungs. The symptoms of pulmonary TB include a cough that lasts for more than 2 to 3 weeks, weight loss, fever, night sweats, loss of appetite and coughing up blood, among others.