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Growing Call To Make Big Tobacco Pay For Health And Environment Harms

Thursday, 8 February 2024, 9:06 am | Bobby Ramakant

Would you not be surprised to learn that an industry whose products kill over 8 million people every year (even when used as the manufacturer intended), and cause an array of health and environment disasters of epidemic proportion, has not been ... More >>

Early & Accurate TB Diagnosis Is Gateway To Ending TB

Friday, 18 August 2023, 6:23 am | Bobby Ramakant

If we are to end TB, then we have to find every person with TB and offer accurate and timely diagnosis, treatment, care and support. In other words, we have to eliminate ‘delayed or missed diagnosis’ by making “early and accurate TB diagnosis” ... More >>

Malaria Vaccine: Vital Addition To Toolkit For Preventing Malaria But No Magic Bullet

Saturday, 9 October 2021, 5:45 pm | Bobby Ramakant

It is indeed a breakthrough scientific achievement that we now have the first-ever and only malaria vaccine to prevent malaria in children. This is an important (and long-awaited) addition to existing range of scientifically proven effective methods ... More >>

Science Must Guide India, UK: Stoking Vaccine Nationalism Will Fail Us All

Sunday, 3 October 2021, 5:52 pm | Bobby Ramakant

One of the seven sins we should not commit as warned by Mahatma Gandhi, is "science without humanity". But are we conscious enough to ensure that the global fight against Covid is mindful of Gandhi ji’s message? Right before Gandhi ji’s birth ... More >>

Will Inclusion And Accountability Take Centrestage At The Generation Equality Forum?

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 3:45 pm | Bobby Ramakant

Undoubtedly, the Generation Equality Forum which took place earlier this year, was a milestone to galvanize US$ 40 billion financial commitments for gender equality and human rights worldwide. This is the largest amount of investment to advance gender ... More >>

Why Is Public Transport Not Good Enough To Make Private Vehicle Ownership Unnecessary?

Tuesday, 17 August 2021, 4:03 pm | Bobby Ramakant

If the goal is to protect environment from automobile pollution, improve road safety, and end economic disparities in the society, then vehicle scrappage policy is not likely to deliver on these tall promises. Rather such a policy could be counter-productive ... More >>

Were People The Missing Link In Covid Response?

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 5:48 pm | Bobby Ramakant

Highest level of political leadership in Covid response is indeed unprecedented if we look at other health responses such as those for HIV, non-communicable diseases, TB or other communicable diseases that affect our lives. But were people having any ... More >>

Save Lakshadweep: Stop 'Reform' Which Is Not Socially Just And Ecologically Sustainable

Saturday, 5 June 2021, 4:15 pm | Bobby Ramakant

There is a growing call to save Lakshadweep islands from attempts to destroy them socially, culturally and ecologically. One of the key demands is for the government of India to recall the Administrator appointed in Lakshadweep immediately and ensure ... More >>

Why Reduce Speed Limit To 30 Km/h? 'Answer Is Blowin’ In The Wind'

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 5:02 pm | Bobby Ramakant

Due to the Covid lockdown in 2020, though the number of road traffic accidents declined yet deaths did not decline in the same proportion because people drive at higher speeds which continued to result in fatal accidents. Every year, more than 1.3 million ... More >>

Experts Demand Compulsory Licensing For Generic Production Of A Drug Against Covid-19

Saturday, 10 April 2021, 5:01 pm | Bobby Ramakant

Should not a medicine (Remdesivir) that has shown lifesaving effect in certain cases of Covid-19 be made available to all those who need it without delay? Even if Big Pharma has a patent, there are provisions in the global trade treaties that allow ... More >>

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 >>





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