THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
17 NOVEMBER 2018
Health
PASSIVE EUTHANASIA
Freedom to choose death

The Supreme Court in a landmark judgment has allowed passive euthanasia, thereby giving succour to terminally ill patients and their relatives, but is India culturally ready for this move? Ramesh Menon reports.

People

ROTAVIRUS VACCINE
Defeating the deadly diarrhea
Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of child mortality in our country. Reasonably priced vaccines backed by the government are now available to help stop this malady, says Swapna Majumdar.

Child health Children
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Chugging along in the name of sustainability
Kanchi Kohli raises questions on the Voluntary National Review report which shows India’s efforts to achieve seven of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.

Government Poverty
DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
Ignorance can lead to blindness
There are 70 million diabetics in India, 80 percent of them have vision problems about which they are either not aware or lack access to good eye care. Swapna Majumdar reports how NGOs are partnering to reach out to the marginalised and providing them better eye care and prevention.

Women's Health
ODD-EVEN FORMULA
With road rationing, Delhi fights air pollution
Delhi, infamous for high air pollution, has been experimenting with odd-even formula by curbing the movement of private vehicles from Jan 1st. After one week of the execution of the programme, there is no visible change in the pollution level. Will road rationing help to reduce the pollution level or does Delhi need much more action to control the pollution, writes Akshatha M.

Environment Government Opinions
EYE CAMP FIASCO
Why must only the poor suffer?
In Barwani, Madhya Pradesh, people lost their sight after botched up cataract surgeries. Was it because the organizers, the medical and paramedical staff of the district hospital did not take necessary steps? Or was the quality of medication used questionable? Or, because the victims are too marginalised and too poor to protest? Asks Shoma Chatterji.

Public Health Poverty Madhya Pradesh
WORLD AIDS DAY FEATURE
Surviving stigma: HIV care and the aftermath
Much has been said about India’s success in containing the spread of the AIDS epidemic. But can it build on the progress so far and ensure that survivors receive the dignity and social security they need? Pushpa Achanta’s conversations on the eve of World AIDS Day aren’t heartening.

AIDS Health Laws and Governance
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
How long before we can address mental health issues humanely
On World Mental Health Day, Pushpa Achanta shares the struggle of some mental illness survivors she met recently and hopes that our nation's Mental Health Program is implemented by the government earnestly.

SANITATION & HYGIENE
Slum dwellers in Assam suffer from poor sanitation and hygiene
Sanitary conditions in most of the slum areas in Assam are abysmal. Ignorance about cleanliness, lack of water supply and proper working toilets, absence of covered drainage and sewage, and no action from the local and state government are to be blamed for the mess, reports Nilotpal Bhattacharjee.

Urban Sanitation ASSAM
MENSTRUAL HYGIENE
Why rural girls need more than just sanitary napkins
Handing out non-biodegradable sanitary pads to rural school girls who have reached menarche will not address their menstrual hygiene issue. Clean and functional toilets with water supply, awareness about menstruation, economical and biodegradable pads and more is needed, finds Puja Awasthi.

Girls' Education Women's Health
ACCESS TO HEALTH
Nowhere near to being a healthy nation
The out-of-pocket health expenditure by the poor is spiraling and the government spending on public health care is reducing. The existing public health programes and insurance schemes are failing; private health care sector is not properly regulated; Shambhu Ghatak finds the health of our nation worrisome.

Health Laws and Governance
DISABILITY IN DELHI
In the national capital, no policy for Persons with Disabilities
The Comptroller and Auditor General performance audit of the social welfare schemes for Persons with Disabilities run by the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Delhi, covering the years from 2009 to 2014, which got tabled recently brought forth some shocking facts, writes Himanshu Upadhyaya.

Disability DELHI
TOILETS FOR ALL
India’s sanitation puzzle: Missing the complete picture?
The focus on ending open defecation and ensuring a toilet in every home is a limited one. Lasting success will require a much larger focus on sanitation, writes Aditya Bhol.

Waste Urban Poor
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