#SDGtalks to feature Maha Abdullah & Mona Sabella: Binding global treaty on human rights and business must address corporate capture

On Wednesday, 27th May (4pm India time/ 12:30pm Geneva), the Sustainable Development e-Talks (#SDGtalks) series, co-hosted by CNS and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, will feature keynote speakers, Mona Sabella and Maha Abdullah, who will share their insights on "Binding global treaty on human rights and business must address corporate capture".

Rise in gender-based violence during COVID-19 warrants a gendered response

Preventing sexual and other forms of gender-based violence (SGBV) before it happens and meeting the needs of all survivors should always be a priority - but it becomes even more of a compelling priority during pandemics and other emergencies. Such crisis situations might exacerbate already existing risks of SGBV. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has forced upon us a reality check on progress (or lack of it) made on the gendered responses to end SGBV.

[podcast] Connecting the dots: COVID-19, tobacco and lung health


This Podcast features Prof Surya Kant who share his insights on "Lung health, tobacco use and COVID-19." He was a keynote speaker for the Sustainable Development e-Talks (#SDGtalks) - a special series, co-hosted by CNS and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore from World Health Day (7 April 2020) to World Environment Day (5 June 2020).

[video] Lung health, tobacco and COVID-19


Desperate times call for radical measures: COVID-19 and the need for the immediate nationalisation of the Indian healthcare sector

The Epidemics Act, 1897 gives the central and state governments authority to impose any regulations which may be necessary to contain the outbreak of a disease. Some state governments such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhatisgarh have already used this power to bring private healthcare facilities in their state under government control. Now that the national lockdown has been eased to a large extent, COVID-19 cases are predicted to increase rapidly in the coming days. Our government needs to do everything in its power to prepare hospitals, medical equipment and healthcare workers, as well as to scale up testing, tracing and isolation measures, to face this imminent deluge. At such a time, the nationalisation of the private healthcare sector in India is a possibility that must be seriously considered.

[podcast] Are we on track to prevent breast cancer and avert untimely deaths?


This Podcast features Ritu Bhatia, Dr Pooja Ramakant, Dr Lopamudra Das Roy and Bret and Peggy Miller, who share their insights on "Reality check on preventing breast cancer and averting untimely deaths." They were keynote speakers for the Sustainable Development e-Talks (#SDGtalks) - a special series, co-hosted by CNS and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore from World Health Day (7 April 2020) to World Environment Day (5 June 2020).

[video] Reality check on preventing breast cancer and averting untimely deaths


Governments' accountability for responding to COVID-19, NCDs and tobacco epidemics

Politics, in many ways, is the ultimate determinant of health, had said Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, a couple of years back. In lead up to the 2020 World No Tobacco Day, and before the first virtual World Health Assembly began, a high level virtual meet with several government leaders from Asia and the Pacific region, convened to discuss governments' accountability in the context of the global public health emergency caused by coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that not only cause over 70% of deaths globally but also increase the risk of developing serious outcomes of COVID-19, including death. Tobacco use which kills over 8 million people every year, and is an entirely preventable and common risk factor of major NCDs, was also on the agenda.

[podcast] No deep sea mining

This Podcast features Dr Helen Rosenbaum, who was a keynote speaker for the Sustainable Development e-Talks (#SDGtalks) - a special series, co-hosted by CNS and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore from World Health Day (7 April 2020) to World Environment Day (5 June 2020). She spoke on "Moratorium on deep sea mining is the only responsible way forward."

[video] Moratorium on deep sea mining is the only responsible way forward


9th #APCRSHR10 Dialogues: COVID-19 and young people

#SDGtalks featured Dr Helen Rosenbaum: Moratorium on deep sea mining is the only responsible way forward


On Thursday, 21st May (1pm India time/ 5:30pm Queensland Australia), the Sustainable Development e-Talks (#SDGtalks) series, co-hosted by CNS and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, featured keynote speaker, Dr Helen Rosenbaum, shared her insights on "Moratorium on deep sea mining is the only responsible way forward".

#SDGtalks featured Prof Surya Kant: Lung health, tobacco and COVID-19

On Saturday, 23rd May (3pm India time), the Sustainable Development e-Talks (#SDGtalks) series, co-hosted by CNS and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, featured keynote speaker, Professor (Dr) Surya Kant, who shared his insights on "Lung health, tobacco and COVID-19".

Stronger universal public health services, not privatization, will deliver #HealthForAll

When the world has come to a grinding halt due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and it is majorly the public health services that are on the frontline of the efforts to contain it (with most of the private health industry 'safe distancing' by being shut or busy profit-minting), the writing is crystal clear on the wall: only stronger universal public health could be our saviour.