14 episodes

Gasping For Breath is a deep-dive reported narrative podcast series on tuberculosis in India. It is India's first podcast on tuberculosis hosted by senior health journalist Menka Rao.

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Gasping For Breath is a deep-dive reported narrative podcast series on tuberculosis in India. It is India's first podcast on tuberculosis hosted by senior health journalist Menka Rao.

    Treating TB is hard, it is worse if you are a woman

    Treating TB is hard, it is worse if you are a woman

    TB is also a highly stigmatised disease making it very difficult for patients enduring treatment. In this episode, we look at how the stigma makes it worse for women TB patients, a marginalised group. We hear the voices of women who express how they feel as TB patients and survivors, and the disease has affected their life significantly.



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    • 26 min
    How the private sector can help battle TB?

    How the private sector can help battle TB?

    The private sector treats about 70% of TB patients. In this episode, we go to Patna which is successfully running a programme in engaging the private sector to battle TB. The programme links the private sector with the facilities provided in the public sector which helps in standardising the diagnosis and treatment of TB.



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    • 22 min
    Why TB patients aren't getting the drugs they need

    Why TB patients aren't getting the drugs they need

    India has the highest number of patients suffering from drug-resistant tuberculosis in the world. However, the access to newer TB drugs which have so far been more effective are not as easily available. The patients are usually given old regimens which are less effective and full of toxic side effects. 



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    • 27 min
    The connection between drug use, HIV and TB

    The connection between drug use, HIV and TB

    In this episode, we travel to Manipur and understand the risks of TB infection with the drug user community. The drug user community has, by and large, been ignored by the TB programme of the country. However because of the risks of contracting other infections such as HIV and hepatitis C, and the use of opioids itself makes a person more vulnerable to TB. 



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    • 21 min
    Kerala model of TB control

    Kerala model of TB control

    The Joint Monitoring Mission recently visited Kerala and were all praises for its work in TB control with aims to eliminate the disease. In this episode we speak to Dr Shibu Balakrishnan and Dr Rakesh PS, both WHO officers in Kerala who have provided technical support in designing this successful programme. The experts talk about how engaging state health workers and resources optimally helped them work out a strategy that works.



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    • 32 min
    How one man and a simple box are engaging the community to fight against TB

    How one man and a simple box are engaging the community to fight against TB

    All it takes is a big box which cannot go unnoticed to stir a conversation about what's in/on it. In Jharkhand, that's what clicked in Hazaribagh district. Faiz Anwar made a box with "What do you know about TB?" written on it and asked for it to be passed on from one shop to another. In a place where TB is considered a curse and isn't something people want to talk about, he says, people now want to know about it and those with TB come to seek for guidance. In this episode, we spoke with Faiz to understand his efforts towards community outreach in the state of Jharkhand. 





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    • 13 min

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