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Hard Talk on Association Between Public Health Advocates and Pharmaceutical Companies
Bobby Ramakant

Is it ethical for public health advocates to accept funding from pharmaceutical companies, or organizations directly/ indirectly affiliated to them? Should all direct/indirect engagement with Pharmaceutical companies should be declared openly and publicly? The delegates at the 40th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Cancun, Mexico, responded differently to this contentious issue.

A Defining Moment in the History of Tuberculosis Control in India
Citizen News Service

A proposal that will launch a massive effort to address two of the main challenges to tuberculosis (TB) control in India has been approved for Round 9 funding by the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).

The Year 2010 is Declared as Year of the Lung
Bobby Ramakant

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) convening at the 40th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Cancun, Mexico, declared the year 2010 as the Year of the Lung.

Patients' Charter for TB Care is in Favour of Doctors
Bobby Ramakant

The WHO Global Stop TB Strategy and Global Plan to Stop TB (2006-2015) support community involvement. The Patients' Charter for TB Care (PCTC) is an official part of the Global Stop TB Strategy which is meant to be a tool to mobilize and empower communities in achieving the International Standards of TB Care (ISTC).

Denying IPT to People With Latent TB is a Human Rights Violation
Bobby Ramakant

Isoniazid Preventive Therapy (IPT) to prevent latent TB infection from becoming active TB disease, is not available for ordinary citizens but only for health workers. Those people who have latent TB infection have a right to protect themselves and access IPT services to prevent latent TB from becoming active TB disease.

Implementation of Right to Health of Indigenous Peoples Essential to Stop TB
Bobby Ramakant

Basic human rights as enjoyed by others have not benefitted indigenous peoples. Therefore the respect and recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples is critical to our dignity and survival.

Rights and Responsibilities Roadshow: Raising Standards for Care in Indonesia
Bobby Ramakant

More than seventy people from across the country spoke about rights and responsibilities to improve tuberculosis (TB) and HIV responses on 24-25 November 2009 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Integrated Community Health Services in Timor-Leste
Citizen News Service

After a two hour walk across several hills and through valleys in a mountainous part of Timor-Leste, have Paula and her four-year-old daughter Maria arrived at a simulation exercise of the integrated community health service. Driven by guilt she embarked on her tiresome journey with febrile Maria.

Local Welfare in a Global Context: Slums and Urban Welfare in Karnataka's Development
Pushpa Achanta

In September 2006, CIVIC organized the above public meeting in Bangalore with Dr. Supriya Roy Chowdhuri, Professor ISEC, Bangalore and Mr. Narayanswamy, Joint Director, Karnataka Slum Clearance Board (KSCB). The former shared findings from ISEC's National Foundation of India (NFI) supported 2007 project on the Impact of Globalization on Slums and Urban Poor in Karnataka.

Endoscopic Breast Surgery: A New Hope for Cancer Patients
Shobha Shukla

Dr Eisuke Fukuma, Director of Breast Cancer, Kameda Medical Centre at Chiba, Japan, has done pioneering work in the field of endoscopic breast surgery and cryosurgery as a nonsurgical ablation.

World Diabetes Day: Healthy Living Prevents Diabetes and Obesity
Shobha Shukla

Today is World Diabetes Day – a day to reflect upon why India has become the diabetic capital of the world with 50.8 million (7.1%) of its people suffering from diabetes. It is high time we prepared to combat this menace and curb its spread.

Thailand Ups Diabetes Prevention and Education on World Diabetes Day 2009
Jittima Jantanamalaka

In Thailand, more than 3 million people are living with diabetes. There is an urgent need to scale up the diabetes prevention and education, says Wittaya Kaewparadai, Minister of Public Health, Thailand.

Diabetes in Zimbabwe: It’s Not All About Sugar
Chief K Masimba Biriwasha

Growing up in Zimbabwe, diabetes (a polygenic disease characterized by abnormally high glucose levels in the blood) was something that the old people always talked about, and the fear of the disease grew over me like a giant baobab.

Spotlight on Big Surgeries with Minimal or No Incisions at Regional Surgeons' Conclave
Citizen News Service

The three-day regional surgeons' conclave - 35th annual conference of Association of Surgeons of India (ASI), UP Chapter, (UPASICON 2009) began on 6th November 2009.

Turn Off the Diabetes Tap - Turn Media On!
Jittima Jantanamalaka

Everyday, human beings are bombarded with broadcasts of unhealthy foods on television, radio, newspapers, magazine and on internet. The advertisements create new demands in people which ultimately causes unhealthy consumption behaviour.

Punishing Success in Tackling AIDS
Citizen News Service

A retreat from international funding commitments for AIDS threatens to undermine the dramatic gains made in reducing AIDS-related illness and death in recent years, according to a new report by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) "Punishing Success? Early Signs of a Retreat from Committment to HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment."

"Greater the Surgeon, Smaller the Incision": UPASICON 2009
Shobha Shukla

Lucknow, the erstwhile 'City of The Nawabs' will be host to the 35th Annual Conference of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI), UP chapter (UPASICON 2009).

Pneumonia Kills More Children Than Any Other Disease
Bobby Ramakant

Pneumonia kills more children than any other disease. Every 15 seconds it claims another child. Two million (twenty lakhs) children (less than 5 years) die of pneumonia every year.

Actions, Not Answers, Needed to Reduce Pneumonia Deaths
Bobby Ramakant

Pneumonia claims two million children under five each year, yet no new drug, vaccine or special diagnostic test is needed to save their lives. The answers are at hand, and effective treatment is both inexpensive and widely available. So why are children dying?

"Across the World, the Threat of Diabetes is Ignored and Under-Funded": Kofi Annan
Bobby Ramakant

Diabetes Leadership Forum 2009 seeks solutions to reduce long-term public healthcare costs.

"US Should be Liberal in Transferring Technology for Clean Energy": Dr Farooq Abdullah
Alka Pande

The new and renewable energy minister of India - Dr Farooq Abdullah - has said that the developing nations, especially the US, should have liberal policies for transfer of technologies for clean energy production in poor and developing nations, like India.

Rickshaw Pullers’ Day At Loreto
Shobha Shukla

It was indeed a programme with a difference. In true keeping the true spirit of Loreto, the 27th of October, saw this missionary school, open its gates to 55 odd rickshaw drivers, as a gesture of respect to this marginalised section of society.

MSI Commits to Promote the Microbicides Research in India
Citizen News Service

Some of the readers might be interested to know about the various factors which had helped regarding the formation of Microbicides Society of India (MSI), the first of its kind in any country.

Negotiating Climate Change
Alka Pande

The timing for the screening of an environment documentary - 'Negotiating Justice' - could not have been more appropriate. The film, which talks about India's negotiating position in crucial Copenhagen meet, has been nominated for Fifth CMS Vatavaran Wildlife and Environment Award - popular as Indian Green Oscar.

Behavioral Change in Sanitation Practices Will Lead to Lasting Social Development
Kulsum Mustafa

One of the biggest challenges before us is to bring about sustained behavioral change in the mindset of people towards sanitation. It is important that the man on the street understands that a clean environment will lead to a much healthier individual and society.

People in Developing Countries Pay More for Diabetes Care and Have Poorer Health Results: IDF Study
Citizen News Service

Type 2 diabetes is often seen as a condition affecting older, unproductive adults in wealthy countries. However, the reality is that 70% of people with diabetes now live in low and middle-income countries and the economic impact of diabetes is much greater in poorer countries.

Mounting Pressure Against New Uranium Mining and Nuclear Power Plants
Bobby Ramakant

There is a growing civil society movement against the new uranium mining and nuclear power plants in India. The National Alliance of Anti-nuclear Movements (NAAM) is mobilizing citizens to protest against the reported decision of the government of India to take a quantum leap in installed capacity for nuclear power generation.

Deepawali: The Festival of Lights
Shobha Shukla

Diwali, the ‘festival of lights’ is celebrated on a dark moon night in the month of Kartik, contrasting the power of brightness over darkness. As myriads of fireworks light up the black skies, and multi coloured twinkling lights of earthen lamps, candles, electric bulbs adorn the earth, all seems to be right with the world, with God in Her proper place.

Popular Cartoon Character 'Meena' Will Reach UP Schools on AIR Waves
Kulsum Mustafa

Widely recognized and appreciated in most South Asian countries, including India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh UNICEF's popular cartoon character Meena - will soon be being re-introduced to children in a totally new 'avtaar'.

Uttar Pradesh Vies With Delhi, Maharashtra for Indian Green Oscar
Alka Pande

The North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh this year vies with national capital Delhi along with economic capital of India - Maharashtra – for winning the bi-annual CMS (Centre for Media Studies) Vatavaran Award – popular as Indian Green Oscar – for 2009.

Mental Health Related Stigma Reduces Access to Existing Services
Alka Pande

The studies reveal that more than 80 percent people with mental health problems face stigma as one of the main barriers to recovery.

Camp Opens in Srinagar in Lead Up to the World Mental Health Day
Bobby Ramakant

Mental health is crucial to one’s general wellbeing. Mr Javaid Ahmad Dar, Minister of State for Health and Medical Education, J&K Government opened the mental health camp today at the Municipal Park, Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar.

Indian Prevention Advocates Publish India Microbicide Monitor
Bobby Ramakant

Microbicides advocacy in India has come a long way over the past decade and a new publication, the MSI Microbicide Monitor, is the latest fruit of this progress.

"No Health without Mental Health": MSF
Bobby Ramakant

Mental health is crucial to one’s general wellbeing. To mark World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October 2009, Médecins Sans Frontières is hosting a large number of events in Kupwara and Srinagar as part of Mental Health Week.

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