CNS Webinars on current global health priorities

CNS organizes webinars on current global health priorities on last Tuesday of every month.
These webinars serve an important purpose of:
  • Connecting CNS Correspondents Team and other health, science and development journalists, especially from Asian and African low- and middle-income countries with noted experts
  • Connecting health advocates from low- and middle-income countries with noted experts and facilitating knowledge sharing, online dialogue and information exchange
  • Connecting the dots: Moderating an online open session (including open session) between participants and webinar panel of experts for better understanding of specific health issues as well as how they connect/ link up with other health and development issues
  • Increasing quality coverage of health priorities post-webinar and raising visibility of key issues
Overview: how it functions?

  • Identifying a theme with key partners
  • Confirming key webinar panelists as per the theme
  • Pre-webinar publicity (announcing call to register, share-graphics, suggested posts for social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email listservs, etc)
  • Setting up GoToWebinar for webinar
  • Requesting partners to share the call to register with their media lists
  • Drafting issue-brief (with links to references) to help journalists frame stories and advocates deepen their understanding on specific issues and linkages with other health and development issues
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Moderation: These webinars are moderated by South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s senior producer Ashok Ramsarup and CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla
  • YouTube streaming: These webinars get streamed on CNS YouTube channel for enhanced visibility
  • Post-webinar follow-up: All participants receive webinar recording, issue briefs, other relevant information/ material. 
  • These materials get shared via social media channels as well
  • Supporting journalists as they write stories and tracking coverage
Webinar panel of experts: Organizations they came from in 2015-2017

•    World Health Organization (WHO)
•    WHO Global TB Programme
•    African Heart Network
•    Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa
•    International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)
•    Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS)/ American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST)
•    TB Alliance (Global Alliance for TB Drug Development)
•    Stop TB Partnership
•    Stanford University School of Medicine
•    Global Drug Facility of Stop TB Partnership
•    NIH START Trial principal investigator (Chennai site)
•    NCD Alliance
•    World Heart Federation
•    World Diabetes Foundation
•    World Alliance Against Antibiotic Resistance (WAAAR)
•    AVAC (AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition)
•    Transgender Welfare Equity and Empowerment Trust (TWEET) Foundation
•    The Humsafar Trust
•    India HIV/AIDS Alliance
•    AMR Times
•    Asia Pacific Leaders' Malaria Alliance (APLMA)
•    Corporate Accountability International
•    Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) for Tobacco Control
•    Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
•    Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
•    International Child Health Department, University of Melbourne, Australia
•    Male Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC), USA
•    Central TB Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
•    National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
•    Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
•    Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
•    AIDS Society of India
•    National AIDS Research Institute (NARI), ICMR
•    National Cancer Society, Malaysia
•    12th Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health (12th APACT), Indonesia
•    National Committee for Tobacco Control, Indonesia
•    International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
•    Inis Communication
•    Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
•    Desmond Tutu TB Centre, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa
•    Uniting Presbyterian Church, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
•    Cardiology Department of King George’s Medical University (KGMU)
•    Endocrine and Breast Surgery Department of KGMU
•    Gynaecology and Obstetrics Department of KGMU
•    Respiratory Medicine Department of KGMU
•    2016 Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference secretariat (APLCC)
•    2016 National Conference of TB and Chest Diseases secretariat
•    Indian Chest Society
•    International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT)
•    Association of Surgeons of India
•    SAARC Surgeons Association

For more information, please contact:

Shobha Shukla, Executive Director, CNS