Webinars and briefings on topical NCD themes led by experts are regularly organised for journalists through the ‘Stitch in Time’ series. REACH also organises webinars on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Leading experts are invited to share new findings on COVID-19 and NCDs and discuss stories ideas that journalists could explore.
Speaker: Dr L. Swasticharan, DDG (LS) Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Govt. of India
12 February 2021
Key issues discussed: An overview on Non-Communicable Diseases, the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) and the impact of COVID-19 on NCDs in India.
Speaker: Dr Sai Satish, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai and International Trainer, Gottsegen Institute of Cardiology, Budapest
13 August 2020
Key issues discussed: Emerging evidence on abnormal cardiac function and key patterns of cardiac disease in people hospitalised with COVID-19 who have been treated with COVID-19
Speaker: Dr Sundeep Salvi, Director of Pulmocare Research and Education (PURE) Foundation, Pune
25 May 2020
Key issues discussed: Challenges of living with asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, and current evidence on the extent to which masks can afford protection.
- Dr V Senthil Kumar Reddi, Additional Professor of Psychiatry National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore
- Dr Jayant Mahadevan, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS, Bangalore
- Dr Swarna Rajagopalan, the founding trustee of The Prajnya Trust
- Mr Manoj Chandran, the founding CEO of White Swan Foundation for Mental Health
8 July 2020
Key issues discussed: Anxiety and depression disorders, substance use disorders, gender based violence and the need to use sensitive language while address mental health issues, especially suicide
Dr Pradeep B.S. Head of the Dept of Epidemiology,
28 February 2020
Key issues discussed: Importance of writing stories focusing on positive aspects of youth mental health and the community response to rising mental health issues among the youth
Dr Mukesh Kapila, Chief Executive, Defeat NCDs Partnership
20 December 2018
Key issues discussed: Burden of Non Communicable Diseases in India, epidemiological transition and the and key NCD issues in India