Seeds of a more equal, equitable and environment-friendly society in corona virus threat lockdown

Ramon Magsaysay Awardee
The coronavirus threat has forced governments to impose a disruptive change in our life styles, which may seem very inconvenient and irritating to us in the present circumstances, but it may be worth considering to continue with some of these changes in the interest of society, economy and environment.

6th #APCRSHR10 Dialogues will feature Prof Dr Dédé Oetomo on 13th April | Join us!

COVID-19 is severely challenging health security


This Podcast features conversation on corona virus disease (COVID-19) and how it is impacting Health For All. Panel of experts incldue: Dr Trupti Gilada-Baheti, Infectious diseases expert; Dr Tara Singh Bam, Deputy Regional Director (Asia Pacific), International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union); Dr Jameel Zamir, Director of Programmes, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), East and South East Asia and Oceania region; Laura Wedeen, Associate Vice President of the International Programs, Population Reference Bureau (PRB); and Chu Viet Nga, Programme Manager, HelpAge International in Vietnam.

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Health For All and Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19)


Sexual and reproductive health services are essential services, including during pandemics like COVID-19

The recently released Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020 shows that Asia and the Pacific region is not on track to achieve any of the 169 targets of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), including those around ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services. Despite commitments made by governments, inequality in the region is growing and the economic gains made by it are not translating into poverty reduction and gender equity.

Corona virus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is a grim reminder of what ails one, ails us all

Over a million positive cases of corona virus disease (COVID-19) have been reported worldwide (1,018,150 cases as on 3rd April 2020) with 53,251 untimely deaths. Corona virus disease (COVID-19) was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. The United Nations health agency (World Health Organization - WHO) had declared COVID-19 as a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020 (same day when first case of COVID-19 was reported in India). Later WHO declared it as a global pandemic. More worrying are warnings from epidemiologists who estimate that the trajectory of corona virus could peak furthermore in several countries in coming weeks/ months.

Corona virus disease, sexual and reproductive health and rights for all (including sex workers) and SDGs in Asia and the Pacific


This Podcast features Kay Thi Win, Regional Coordinator of Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) and Alexandra Johns, Executive Director of Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (APA). Special voices of Liz Hilton of Empower Foundation of Thailand, Meena Saraswathi Seshu of SANGRAM in India, also enrich the discussion and bring forth key issues.

#COVID19, sexual & reproductive health & rights for all (incl. sex workers) & SDGs in Asia Pacific


Is HIV epidemic outpacing the AIDS response in Asia Pacific?

[हिंदी] With nine months left to meet the HIV-related 2020 targets, we are not on track to end AIDS by 2030. In Asia Pacific region, despite unprecedented progress initially in scaling up HIV programmes for prevention, treatment, care and support (in different countries and key populations), we are still lagging way behind. The UNAIDS (Joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS) report succinctly observes "Asia and the Pacific boasts some of the earliest successes in responding to the HIV epidemic. The region's response, however, is highly uneven, and several national HIV programmes are not keeping pace with their growing HIV epidemics. Creeping complacency in other countries risks squandering gains made thus far."

Listen to two infectious disease experts on responding effectively to corona virus disease (COVID-19)


This Podcast features two infectious disease experts: Dr R Sajith Kumar, Professor and Chief of Infectious Diseases and Head of Medical Education, Government Medical College Kottayam Kerala (India) and Dr Trupti Gilada-Baheti, Infectious Disease expert at Unison Medicare and Research Centre, Mumbai (India).

#Coronavirus disease (#COVID19): #InfectiousDisease experts from #Kerala & #Mumbai share insights



Universal access to sexual and reproductive health services is a human rights imperative

(हिंदी) The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half of the global population and many low income countries. While the region is witnessing rapid economic growth, gender inequalities persist and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services are far from being available to all. In the lead up to this year's International Women's Day and the forthcoming 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR10) in Cambodia, CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla spoke with Tomoko Fukuda, Regional Director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation for East & South-East Asia and Oceania Region, on advancing gender equality and universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in this region.

Universal and rights-based access to sexual and reproductive health services is key for SDGs


This Podcast features Ms Tomoko Fukuda, Regional Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) for the East and South-East Asia and Oceania Region (ESEAOR).

"No stepping out" is the life-influencing message of breast cancer "thriver": International Women's Day special

I was born and brought in a happy family in New Delhi. I had a twin sister and a younger brother.  Both my parents were working. I graduated from Hindu College, Delhi University in 1977 and went to Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow (erstwhile USSR) for an integrated course in Geology. Finally, back home again, I did my Ph.D in Geochemistry. After getting married I stayed in Eastern parts of India and for the first time saw the economic and social difficulties that I had never come across in Delhi.

#APCRSHR10 Dialogues (episode 3) featured Tomoko Fukuda of IPPF (ESEAOR)

Gender equity and human rights are pivotal for advancing progress on SDGs

The Nairobi Statement endorsed to mark 25 years of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) gives renewed hope and stronger thrust to gender equity and human rights. Achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as a part of universal health coverage; zero unmet need for family planning information and services, and universal availability of quality, accessible, affordable and safe modern contraceptives; zero preventable maternal deaths and maternal morbidities; and zero gender based violence, are some of the key promises that were made last year at ICPD25.

Accelerating progress on sexual & reproductive health & rights is key driver towards SDGs

[हिंदी] Improvements in the health sector, as well as in other sectors such as infrastructure development, economic growth and poverty reduction, play a major role in improving not only health and life expectancy of the people, but also have a direct impact on their sexual and reproductive health.

#APCRSHR10 Dialogues: pre-conference interview series on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Asia Pacific


#APCRSHR10 Dialogues is a special series of fortnightly online interviews with SRHR leaders in Asia Pacific, on the overarching theme of "Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Asia Pacific: 2030 SDGs vision and 2020 realities" - which is also the theme of 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR10). Co-hosted by APCRSHR10 and CNS, these online interviews are streamed LIVE every fortnight from February to May 2020 in lead up to the conference.

131 months left to reduce untimely cancer deaths by one-third by 2030


This #WorldCancerDay Podcast features a panel of experts: Thuy Khuc-Bilon from UICC; Dr Natthaya Triphuridet, lung cancer expert and post-doctoral fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA, and faculty, HRH Princess Chulabhorn College of Medical Science, Thailand; Dr Pooja Ramakant, breast cancer expert; Additional Professor, Department of Endocrine Surgery, King George's Medical University (KGMU) and Vice Dean, Innovation and Intellectual Property Cell, KGMU; Dr Tara Singh Bam, Deputy Regional Director (Asia Pacific), International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and secretariat of APCAT (Asia Pacific Cities' Alliance for Tobacco Control and NCDs Prevention); and Dr Anwar Hussain, Director, Institute of Palliative Medicine.

#WorldCancerDay Webinar: 131 months left to reduce untimely #cancer deaths by 1/3rd by 2030



Niti Aayog must stop plan to privatise public health

In late November 2019 Khwahish Warsi, a daily wage earner who makes his living by making and selling 'dholaks', the Indian percussion instrument, who did not have one pelvic joint, met with a major accident and suffered major fracture in both his legs. He was taken to the trauma centre of the King George's Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow, India. Because of major rush here he could not be admitted for two days and was ‘advised’ to seek treatment in private hospital. That is how he landed at a private hospital in the city. Even after he had borrowed Rs. 1.1 Lakhs (around US$ 1500) from his village in Barabanki he could not muster half the amount the hospital was asking to go ahead and perform the surgery which included putting iron rods in his legs. Had it not been for some charitable individuals he would not have been able to make all hospital payments. But everyone may not be as lucky.

#endtobacco and #beatNCDs will help accelerate progress towards #endTB → #endAIDS


This Podcast features a conversation with Dr Ishwar Gilada, President AIDS Society of India and Governing Council Member of International AIDS Society (IAS); Dr Anoop Kumar Puri, Deputy Director General, National AIDS Control Organization, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India; Dr Dilip Mathai, Vice President, AIDS Society of India and Dean, Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr Naval Chandra, Additional Professor, Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences and Jt Secretary, AIDS Society of India; Dr Tara Singh Bam, Regional Deputy Director (Asia Pacific) of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).

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100-100-100 and zero new transmission of HIV & TB are imperative to meet SDGs


This Podcast features the recording of a discussion with experts: Dr Ishwar Gilada, President AIDS Society of India and Governing Council Member of International AIDS Society (IAS); Dr KS Sachdeva, Deputy Director General, RNTCP, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India; Dr Anoop Kumar Puri, Deputy Director General, National AIDS Control Organization, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India; Dr Prapti Gilada Toshniwal, Consultant Microbiologist, Prince Aly Khan Hospital, Mumbai, India; Dr Dilip Mathai, Vice President, AIDS Society of India and Dean, Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr Naval Chandra, Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences and Jt Secretary, AIDS Society of India; and Dr Jacob Creswell, Team Leader, TB REACH, Stop TB Partnership.

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TB prevention is better than cure | #endTB Dialogues


This Podcast features Dr Masae Kawamura, Senior Director Medical and Scientific Affairs, TB Diagnostics, Qiagen; and Amadou Gueye, Market Development Manager Sub-Saharan Africa, Qiagen.

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