#APCAT2022 Declaration: Is it the clarion call to #endTobacco?

Tobacco use is among the unhealthy behaviours that result in preventable burden of cancers, strokes, and heart diseases, said Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Indonesia’s health minister. In Indonesia tobacco use is the second largest risk factor for untimely deaths, he added. World Health Organization had earlier underlined that without clamping tobacco use, we cannot deliver on the promises enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Closing window of opportunity to save the medicines that save us from sexually transmitted infections

Antimicrobials have been widely used to fight diseases, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs), for nearly 80 years. Penicillin, the world’s first antibiotic, was used for the first time to treat and cure syphilis in 1943. However, bacteria that cause STIs have fought back so that many of the antibiotics once used to treat them no longer work, even as STIs continue to cause high rates of infections worldwide.

Will Thailand lead from the front in combating antimicrobial resistance?

Do we not dread an unfortunate situation of being infected with an incurable (or difficult to treat) disease? We saw how COVID-19 (to which there is no cure yet) jolted not only the global health security but also economic and social security worldwide.

Pervasive discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people in Indian hospitals

25 November 2022

Fork in the road: Will we protect medicines that protect us or deal with incurable diseases?

As the world observes the annual World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) from November 18 to 24, the spotlight is once again on preventing antimicrobial resistance that is not only devastating human health but also threatening the sustainability of our planet earth. Will we protect the medicines that protect us or lose them, resulting in diseases that become difficult or impossible to treat? "The answer my friend is blowing in the wind" as the legendary lyrics go.

Antimicrobial resistance threatening to reverse progress on women's health

India is a leading consumer of antibiotics and hence also carries a huge burden of drug-resistant pathogens. Between 2000 and 2015, its antibiotic consumption increased by 103%, from 3.2 to 6.5 billion defined daily doses. Not just antibiotic use rose, but also resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobials. A recent Government of India's Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)'s report points to a sustained rise in antimicrobial resistance in India, with an increase in the number of drug-resistant pathogens, making certain infections difficult to treat with available medicines or impossible to treat. This trend is a warning bell for all of us to take stringent measures against the irrational and irresponsible use of antimicrobials.

[video] 2nd Annual Global Media Forum in lead up to 2022 World Antimicrobial Awareness Week | #WAAW2022

[podcast] Progress on gender equality must take into account diverse realities of people-in-need

 

This podcast features Tomoko Fukuda, IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation)'s Regional Director for East and South-East Asia and Oceania Region (IPPF ESEAOR) who is in conversation with CNS founder and feminist leader Shobha Shukla at the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning in Pattaya, Thailand.

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STREAM study gives hope for better treatment of drug-resistant TB

When TB bacteria becomes resistant to most effective anti-TB medicines, then it no longer responds to them. As a result, drug-resistant TB becomes harder to treat, treatment is longer and outcomes are not satisfactory, and toxicity and side effects are deeply worrying. That is why new TB drug research and development is so critical as we need more effective and shorter therapies with no toxicities and side effects. One major news of better therapies for drug-resistant TB was shared at the opening of the world's largest conference on TB and lung health.

2nd Annual Global Media Forum in lead up to World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW 2022)


[watch the recording on YouTube, Facebook] Media representatives are welcomed to attend the 2nd Annual Global Media Forum in lead up to World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) 2022 to have a direct interface with senior experts from the quadripartite organizations that have united to address one of the top threats to global health security - Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). These quadripartite organizations include: the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE).

Will global family planning meet galvanise governments to deliver on gender equality?

Gender equality is an essential cog-in-the-wheel of human development which is socially just and ecologically sustainable. That is why governments worldwide have committed to deliver on this promise by 2030 along with other sustainable development goals (SDGs). But progress on gender equality and other SDGs has been sketchy and far from satisfactory. With less than 97 months left to meet these goals it is high time to listen to the alarm bells and take corrective actions to try to get on track to deliver on all SDGs, globally including those of gender equality and human rights “where no one is left behind”.

[podcast] Remarkable progress on sexual and reproductive health in Malaysia


This podcast features DATO’ Dr K Balanathan A/L Kathirgamanthan, President of Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia, and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Hospital Seberang Jaya, Malaysia. He is speaking with CNS in lead up to 2022 International Conference on Family Planning.

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[podcast] Progress on sexual and reproductive health in Thailand, Prof Unnop Jaisamrarn shares insights


This podcast features Dr Unnop Jaisamrarn, Secretary General of The Royal Thai College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. He is also the Chief of the Family Planning and Reproductive Health Unit in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and Associate Dean for International Affairs of Faculty of Medicine, and Vice-President of the Thai Menopause Society; President of the Thai Osteoporosis Foundation; Secretary of Forum for WHO Multicenter Research in Reproductive Health; and Secretary General of WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Human Reproduction. @International Conference on Family Planning.

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[podcast] Prof Aziz-un-Nisa Abbasi shares insights on improving family planning and SRHR in Pakistan


This podcast features Professor (Dr) Aziz-un-Nissa Abbasi, National President of Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Pakistan (SOGP) and Abbottabad Chapter President of Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She is also the Dean, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology department of Ayub Medical College of Abbottabad. She is in conversation with CNS founder Executive Director and Managing Editor Shobha Shukla in the lead up to 2022 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP 2022).

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[podcast] Commendable progress on sexual and reproductive health in Taiwan


This podcast features Prof Yi Yung Chen, Director, Taiwan Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Senior Attending Physician, Division of High Risk Pregnancy, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mackay Memorial Hospital. He is in conversation with CNS in lead up to 2022 International Conference on Family Planning.

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[podcast] Universal healthcare services are bedrock for family planning


This Podcast features Professor Glen Mola, head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Port Moresby General Hospital in Papua New Guinea, and treasurer at Papua New Guinea Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society.

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[video] It is vital to prevent and manage both: non-communicable diseases as well as infectious diseases for global health security

[podcast] Reproductive autonomy is an essential cog in the wheel for advancing gender equality


In lead up to the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP 2022), this podcast features a special conversation with Sonal Mehta, who is the South Asia Regional Director for International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and a long-standing and widely respected advocate for #GenderEquality and #HumanRights.

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[podcast] It is vital to prevent and manage both: non-communicable and infectious diseases


This Podcast features Dr Tadashi Kimura, Chairperson of Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Osaka University School of Medicine who is in conversation with CNS founder Shobha Shukla in lead up to 2022 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP 2022).

[video] Will we #WalkTheTalk with courage on commitments for gender equality, family planning and human rights?

[podcast] Lessons to be learnt for pandemic preparedness and global health security


This podcast features Prof Surya Kant who has been the Government of India's National Health Mission's COVID-19 Vaccination Ambassador and noted respiratory medicine expert. He is in conversation with CNS founder and Managing Editor Shobha Shukla. Prof Surya Kant is among the distinguished leaders who have been elected as national President of all 3 respiratory and chest medicine national associations: Indian Chest Society, National College of Chest Physicians and Indian College of Allergy, Asthma and Applied Immunology. He is also the Head of Respiratory Medicine Department at King George's Medical University (KGMU) in India.

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[podcast] Will we #WalkTheTalk with courage on #GenderEquality, #FamilyPlanning and #HumanRights commitments?

This Podcast features Mina Barling, who is part of IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) Director's Leadership Team and Director of External Relations at IPPF. She was in conversation with CNS Founder, Managing Editor and Executive Director Shobha Shukla.

[podcast] Connecting the dots: Sexually transmitted diseases and antimicrobial resistance

Listen to this podcast featuring Dr Ishwar Gilada, who spoke to CNS in lead up to the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP 2022). Dr Gilada is a globally acclaimed infectious diseases expert, and longest serving HIV medical expert in India. He was the first doctor in India who began HIV medical management when first case got diagnosed in the country. He is part of Governing Council of International AIDS Society (IAS), President of AIDS Society of India (ASI) and Secretary General of Organized Medicine Academic Guild of India.

[podcast] Antimicrobial resistance and women's health


Listen to this podcast featuring Prof Amita Pandey, in lead up to the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning (#ICFP2022). Professor (Dr) Amita Pandey is from Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King George's Medical University (KGMU) in India, who was in conversation with CNS founder Managing Editor and Executive Director Shobha Shukla. Prof Amita Pandey is among the Academic Editors of the prestigious Asian Research Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. She is also a Master Trainer for India's most populated state UP's State Innovation for family planning services or SIFPSA, and one of the few obstetricians and gynaecologists who also specializes in medical genetics.

Are HIV programmes missing the young who need them the most?

[video, podcast] More than one in every four new HIV infections in Asia Pacific were in the young people (in 2020). More worrying is that almost all of these new HIV infections in the young people, were among the young key populations. Writing on the wall is clear: unless we scale up HIV programmes and increase programme effectiveness for the young key populations, we will fail to end AIDS by 2030.

[podcast] Putting young key populations first to end AIDS by 2030

This podcast features inspiring youth changemaker and psychologist, Applesta da Costa, who took part in 2022 Asia Pacific Youth Forum: Putting young key populations first to end AIDS by 2030. She devotedly works as a psychologist with young HIV key populations in Goa, India, as part of Human Touch Foundation team. 

[video] Putting young key populations first to #endAIDS by 2030 is vital

Gender Equality Talks | #GETalksLive


CNS launched Gender Equality Talks (#GETalksLive) in September 2022 on Safe Abortion Day, to underline the pivotal significance of bodily autonomy and sexual rights in progressing towards sustainable development for all. Only 99 months are left to deliver on the promise of UN Sustainable Development Goals, and unless we ensure gender equality and human rights for all the people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions worldwide, we cannot deliver on these goals.

New TB treatment breakthroughs must reach those in-need without delay

[watch video interview | listen to podcast | हिंदी] Recently, results of a phase-3 study of a potentially game-changing TB treatment therapy were announced that give us enormous hope that shorter, all-oral (no injectables), more effective and less toxic treatments will reach those in-need globally without any delay.

Youth-led initiatives put the focus on bodily autonomy and sexual health

photo courtesy: ARROW

The Asia Pacific region is home to 60% of the world’s young population - 750 million young people of all genders aged 15 to 24 years. Many adolescents and young people in the region continue to transition to adulthood with inadequate information, including on matters of sexual and reproductive health and rights, that affects their physical, social and emotional well-being. At the same time, honing the leadership abilities of these young people can make them effective advocates for social change by proposing and implementing creative solutions for the most pressing issues that are affecting societies.

PRB Welcomes Inaugural Cohort of Public Health Reporting Fellows

PRB announced today the launch of its Public Health Reporting Corps with a group of 18 journalists based in India and Nigeria. The new fellowship program supports international journalists in investigating and documenting systemic public health challenges and solutions and incorporating evidence and data into their coverage of these topics. The first cohort will focus on health equity and COVID-19 recovery. Read more

Youth ChangeMakers: An idea can change the world…

So said Sivananthi Thanenthiran, Executive Director of The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), echoing the famous words of American civil rights leader Robert Williams. She was speaking to the youth changemakers who gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at the three-day long Asia Youth Festival (19-21 September 2022) on innovation and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Youth Changemakers at the forefront of advocating for sexual health and rights

A regional initiative across countries in Asia is helping young people find innovative solutions to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in their communities. 

[video] Effectiveness of new drug-resistant TB treatment regimen is maintained with reduced dosage and duration of Linezolid: finds study

[podcast] Changemakers: Yuvraj Lama of Nepal | Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for SRHR

This podcast features changemaker Yuvraj Lama of Nepal, who is among the changemakers featured at the 2022 Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - hosted by Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW, https://arrow.org.my). He is in conversation with noted journalist and development communication expert Sumita Thapar of CNS.

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[podcast] Changemakers: Lian Cambel in Philippines | Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for SRHR

This podcast features changemaker Lian Cambel of Philippines, who is among the changemakers featured at the 2022 Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - hosted by Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW, https://arrow.org.my). She is in conversation with noted journalist and development communication expert Sumita Thapar of CNS.

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[podcast] Changemakers: Danica Marie F Supnet of Philippines | Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for SRHR

This podcast features changemaker Danica Marie F Supnet of Philippines, who is among the changemakers featured at the 2022 Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - hosted by Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW, https://arrow.org.my). She is in conversation with noted journalist and development communication expert Sumita Thapar of CNS.

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[video] Changemakers: Danica Marie F Supnet of Philippines | Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for SRHR

[video] Changemakers: Lian Cambel in Philippines | Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for SRHR

[podcast] Effectiveness of new drug-resistant TB treatment is maintained with reduction in dosage and duration of Linezolid


This podcast features Dr Conor Tweed, Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Trials Unit at University College London (UCL), who is in conversation with CNS founding Managing Editor and Executive Director Shobha Shukla. Jessica Wiggs, Senior Communication Specialist of TB Alliance (Global Alliance of TB Drug Development, www.TBalliance.org) joins the conversation. 

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[podcast] Changemakers: Joshua Dilawar of Artivism Academy | Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for SRHR

This podcast features changemaker Joshua Dilawar of Artivism Academy, who is among the changemakers featured at the 2022 Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - hosted by Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW, https://arrow.org.my). He is in conversation with Sumita Thapar of CNS.

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[podcast] Changemakers: Sabir Ali | Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for SRHR

This podcast features changemaker Sabir Ali of Rural Development Foundation in Pakistan, who is among the changemakers featured at the 2022 Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - hosted by Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW, https://arrow.org.my). He is in conversation with Sumita Thapar of CNS.

[podcast] Changemakers: Arefin Noman Bin Awal of Bangladesh | Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for SRHR

This podcast features changemaker Arefin Noman Bin Awal of Bangladesh, who is among the changemakers featured at the 2022 Asia Youth Festival on Innovation for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - hosted by Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW, https://arrow.org.my). He is in conversation with noted journalist and development communication expert Sumita Thapar of CNS.

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