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).