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Strong Unions Are Pivotal For Safety Of Healthcare Workers And Patients

Friday, 18 September 2020, 8:33 am | Bobby Ramakant

In May 2019, all 194 countries that set the agenda of the World Health Organization met at the 72nd World Health Assembly and endorsed the establishment of World Patient Safety Day to be marked annually on 17 September. But this year's COVID-19 pandemic ... More >>

Plain Packaging Will Accelerate Progress Towards Ending The Tobacco Epidemic

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 7:32 am | Bobby Ramakant

Despite the indisputable scientific evidence that tobacco kills, the tobacco industry has been conniving to use every trick possible to protect and increase its profits. Over 8 million people die of tobacco use worldwide every year. More worrying is the ... More >>

Why Are Strong Public Services Essential For Social, Economic And Health Security For All?

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 7:51 am | Bobby Ramakant

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated, more than ever, the overwhelming importance of public services and the devastating consequences of under-funding and privatising them. That is why the writing on the wall on this year's United Nations Public Services ... More >>

Will Indonesia Mitigate COVID-19 By Enforcing Stronger Tobacco Control?

Monday, 20 April 2020, 6:25 am | Bobby Ramakant

President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has been sent an appeal to urgently strengthen the response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, by stronger enforcement of comprehensive and evidence-based tobacco control measures, which includes immediate ... More >>

Speed is not enough, accelerating progress is key to end TB

Friday, 18 October 2019, 3:15 pm | Bobby Ramakant

Global fight against tuberculosis (TB) is making modest gains, although largely not yet on track to end TB. 2019 Global TB Report of the World Health Organization (WHO) launched on 17 October 2019 gives hope, not despair, because sustained efforts ... More >>

Corporations that abuse human rights are a threat

Friday, 18 October 2019, 9:11 am | Bobby Ramakant

One of the major processes at the United Nations (UN) that gives hope for a better tomorrow where "no one is left behind" is the UN binding treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights. History ... More >>

TB is preventable & curable

Monday, 5 August 2019, 12:11 pm | Bobby Ramakant

TB is preventable, treatable and curable. Science shows how can we effectively prevent, accurately diagnose, treat with effective regimen, and eventually cure TB. But are not we failing to translate scientific wisdom in public health gains? How can we ... More >>

Is Universal Health Coverage an opportunity to end AIDS?

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 3:09 pm | Bobby Ramakant

At the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019, a special United Nations High Level Meeting (UNHLM) will be held on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). 193 countries have promised to deliver on UHC by 2030 by committing to Sustainable Development ... More >>

Preventing TB is a critical cog in wheel to end TB and AIDS

Monday, 22 July 2019, 8:26 am | Bobby Ramakant

Every case of active tuberculosis (TB) disease comes from an individual with latent TB infection. And every new case of latent TB infection is a sign of failing infection control, as someone with active TB disease transmitted the bacteria to an uninfected ... More >>

Why I did not renew my driving license?

Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 8:23 am | Bobby Ramakant

Because I realized (better late than never) that it is government’s responsibility to provide safe, convenient, affordable, accessible and humane ways of commuting for all its citizens. When governments fail on its duty then it hides behind the ... More >>

Innovative MACH gives hope for global health response

Thursday, 20 June 2019, 8:33 am | Bobby Ramakant

Although 193 governments adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which warrant an integrated and multisectoral response to deliver on those promises, the progress has been lackadaisical in the past four years. A recent UN report has set an alarm ... More >>

Real talk: Are we on track to #endmalaria?

Wednesday, 24 April 2019, 9:21 am | Bobby Ramakant

This year’s World Malaria Day theme, "Zero Malaria Starts With Me" re-energizes the fight to eliminate malaria which, despite being preventable and treatable, still kills over half a million people every year. While incredible progress has been made ... More >>

Business as usual will fail us on cancer control, SDGs

Monday, 4 February 2019, 9:50 am | Bobby Ramakant

193 governments including those of India, committed to reducing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancers by 25% by 2025 and one-third by 2030 (UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs), but many cancer rates are rising, not declining, especially ... More >>

Local actions are building blocks for #GlobalGoals

Wednesday, 2 January 2019, 12:17 pm | Bobby Ramakant

International commitments are vital for a better tomorrow but no less important are local actions on the frontlines, for bringing in desired change. Most important and often unheard voices are of those who are striving hard to bring in a change on the ... More >>

leaders from Asia Pacific nations commit to #endTobacco

Saturday, 29 December 2018, 10:37 am | Bobby Ramakant

Earlier in December 2018, several local leaders from Asia Pacific nations unanimously adopted a strong Declaration to combat tobacco use and the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Governor, Mayors, Vice Mayors and Vice-Governor, in the presence ... More >>

Climate Justice is Integral to Development Justice

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:59 am | Bobby Ramakant

By Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service) Climate justice is integral to development justice, as it is essential for building a brave feminist future sans power and wealth inequalities. This is the dream of feminists in the Asia Pacific region, including ... More >>

Urban #TB hotspots cannot be on blindspot

Monday, 6 November 2017, 9:55 am | Bobby Ramakant

Our governments have committed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 but without concerted action, the promises will barely remain a mirage. For instance, unless social influencers of tuberculosis (TB) get due attention from all ... More >>

India's budget reflects a mirage for universal health

Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 3:08 pm | Bobby Ramakant

India's 2016-2017 budget reflects a mirage for universal health Dr Sandeep Pandey and Bobby Ramakant, CNS Photograph is online at: India's draft National Health Policy 2015 was riddled with privatisation bid and it is no surprise ... More >>

'Pehchan' has given transgender people a new 'Pehchan'

Wednesday, 8 July 2015, 3:07 pm | Bobby Ramakant

So said Priya when I met her at the community dinner on the eve of the recent 3rd Hijra Habba (Habba is a Kannada word meaning festival) event organized by Pehchān project in association with India HIV/AIDS Alliance in Delhi, that brought together ... More >>

Better to prevent rather than treat lung cancer

Tuesday, 3 February 2015, 12:43 pm | Bobby Ramakant

Every 30 seconds, someone, somewhere in the world dies of lung cancer. According to the World Cancer Report 2014, more people die from lung cancer than from any other type of cancer. In 2012 lung cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer, with ... More >>