Voices at People's Forum: Development justice is the lynchpin to #SDGs

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
The Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development 2018 (more commonly known as the People’s Forum) was organized by civil society, whose secretariat is represented by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) as a coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism: AP-RCEM), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment).

Migrants trapped in quagmire: Neglected by their own country, mistreated by the host country

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
[Listen or download the podcast] This pretty well sums up the pathetic situation in which many migrants find themselves today. And while immigration refers to people who legally relocate to another country, the word migration can also be used in the context of birds and animals. In the case of human beings, migration is not a choice for most migrants. It is a condition forced upon them by their country of origin, as a result of weak economic conditions, poor social structures, conflict situations, and even environmental disasters.

Mind-energy technique for management of challenging ailments

Dr Ajit Kumar Varma, CNS Columnist
Dr A K Varma
A 55 year old male, suffering from Type 2 diabetes for the last 12 years, presented with pain, swelling and dark necrotic patches over his right leg. He gave a history of minor trauma to the leg about two weeks before admission to this hospital (Aster Medcity, Kochi), for which he was being treated earlier in another hospital. He developed fever with chills, increasing infection of the right leg, and was then transferred to our institute for onward management.

Stopping the allergic march

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
It begins within the first few months of life with skin allergy or dermatitis (eczema) and food allergy in infancy, and as the children grow up, the allergic march may progress to the development of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) and/or allergic asthma. So this Allergic March, refers to the natural history or typical progression of allergic diseases that often begin early in life. These allergic conditions could primarily be genetically inherited; however, the conditions or environment in which a child grows up also affects their development.

[Call to register] World TB Day Webinar: Politics of TB in 2018: Multisectoral accountability

[Watch webinar recording] [Listen or download podcast] In lead up to 2018 World TB Day, we invite you to have a direct interface with noted experts on why a multisectoral response is critically important if we are to end TB by 2030.  The theme of World TB Day 2018 - "Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world" - focuses on building commitment to end TB, not only at the political level with heads of State, and ministers of health, but at all levels. All can be leaders of efforts to end TB in their own work or terrain.

Youth must have access to comprehensive sexuality education and SRH services

She stood up to defeat TB

Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
The youngest of 3 sisters, Ingrid Schoeman grew up in Pretoria and later started working as a dietician in a government hospital in Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. She especially enjoys working in children’s wards in hospitals as part of her dietician’s job. But the year 2012 nearly shattered her happy and peaceful existence.

A tale with a difference

Shobha Shukla - CNS (Citizen News Service)
This is the story of Razia, a girl from village Bahpur in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh. It has all the ingredients of a fairy tale, but with a difference. Razia might not be a run-of the-mill delicate princess depicted in fairy tales, rather she is the warrior princess of a modern day real story. Razia comes from a very poor Muslim family belonging to the barber community. Abject poverty, an unemployed and visually challenged father; a daily wage-earning mother, striving unsuccessfully to make ends meet—all these were enough to snatch away a carefree childhood from her. 

[Publication] The Leader Lies In You (success stories of women farmers in UP)

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With support from Oxfam India, Citizen News Service (CNS) team led by Managing Editor Shobha Shukla and Special Correspondent Rahul Kumar Dwivedi, documented the journeys and successes of ten such women farmers who have established their identity as women farmers and enhanced economic leadership of women farmers in different regions of UP state such as Purvanchal, Central UP, Pashchim UP, Ruhelkhand and Bundelkhand.