In search of quality care
The public's perception that government facilities and services are poor has led them to abandon these in favour of private providers.
But those are not necessarily better, writes
TB: Dangerous comeback
It is frightening to think of how the new drug resistant strain of tuberculosis is going to spread in crowded, unhygienic, urban India.
Doctors are worried.
DRUGS / MEDICINE
The Superbugs are here - III
The Government's response to the emergence of Superbugs should be urgent and specific, but instead it has been living in denial
even as the threat multiplies.
DRUGS / MEDICINE
The Superbugs are here - II
Superbugs will alter the course of medical history.
India needs to put in place proper systems that will ensure that drug resistance does not set in.
DRUGS / MEDICINE
The Superbugs are here
Antibiotics are used carelessly in India, with doctors, pharmacists, patients and drug companies all contributing to
their abuse. The results could be catastrophic.
Better healthcare, on our watch
A pilot project in community-based monitoring under the National Rural Health Mission in three districts of Jharkhand provides encouraging results.
Growing focus on palliative care
Kerala's palliative care movement shows health services can go well beyond the biomedical model of health and be seen as an affirmative act
of living with dignity.
As healthy as a pig-sty
Animal farming practices that pay little heed to the welfare of domestic animals invariably lead to public health threats for humans.
Swine flu is simply the most recent reminder of this.
Clamping down on second-hand smoke
A clear focus on protecting the interests of non-smokers has led to worldwide efforts to ban smoking in all public places.
India too has joined this trend.
RECLAIMING HEALTH POLICY
Missing: A 'healthy' debate
If public health systems are failing on account of certain causes, the solution should lie in fixing them. However, the
state seems to be looking for an escape route.
This monsoon, Assam takes on malaria
The state has 20 per cent of
malaria deaths in India, but this time, doctors say they have
taken substantive measures.
Not quite on the DOT
Most poor patients find that the benefits of Directly Observed Treatment are out of their reach.
Study: India sitting on tobacco epidemic
Within in the next two years, around 10 lakh people will die because of smoking in India
alone, says a study.
A model for sanitation for the urban poor
A systematic, participatory effort to map and understand the need for sanitation in Sangli's slums has helped Shelter Associates bring about a change
in the mindset of civic officials and residents alike.
ACCESS TO HEALTH
Claiming the right to health care
India is notorious for its abysmal health services leading to very high infant and maternal mortality rates.
provides a glimpse of how much effort it takes to get official health functionaries to perform their assigned duties with a minimal degree of seriousness.
Goa's health care challenges
Recent data on health indicators suggest that while health care in Goa remains far ahead of the national average, there are many cracks in the
system. Indeed, on many counts the state appears to be losing the ground gained earlier, even as new challenges loom.
Paying a steep price for motherhood
Even as New Delhi says maternal mortality numbers are falling, tribal women Madhya Pradesh are facing a negligent, cruel and corrupt healthcare system and dying during childbirth. When the conduct of hospital staff is questioned, they face retaliation instead of accountability.
Struck by fluorosis
Of 62 million Indians suffering from fluorosis, more than six million are children and young people. Among these young, nearly 20,000 are in Assam
CHILD HEALTH / DISABILITY
In UP, the war on polio stumbles
In India's most populous state, with its low levels of sanitation, and high malnutrition rates, polio has made a dangerous comeback. The world is now
looking at India to stem the spread.
Will the Public Health Foundation be meaningful?
The proposed Public Health Foundation of India will establish five 'world class' institutes to train 1000 public health
professionals every year. But just where will these new public health experts
AIDS AND THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
An opportunity to end health care slumber
The HIV epidemic has brought into focus multiple public health issues facing rural India today. This presents us with an opportunity.
TB: gravest danger to India - II
In the last 20 years, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus has emerged as an
accelerator to Tuberculosis. HIV's ability to fast forward TB has frightening implications.
TB: gravest danger to India
Tuberculosis has emerged as the greatest danger to India threatening the health of millions. More than 4,500 people die everyday unable to battle the disease.
ACCESS TO CARE
Universal care - still miles to go
Public expenditure on health care today is a dismal 0.9% of GDP; the overwhelming majority of health costs are paid by patients
out of pocket.
Fiery debate back, but standards scuttled
Once again, a study by the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment found alarming levels of pesticide residues in soft drinks and stirred up a public debate.
Endosulfan victims: Kerala owns up responsibility
The LDF government's recent payment of compensation to the victims is a great climb down, for this is the first time a Kerala government has conceded ground on the matter.
Iodised salt: health or mere profiteering?
The nature and comprehensiveness of research into iodine deficiency has
itself never made a categorical case for a ban, finds
Iodised salt: The lesser known facts
The central government wants to ban the sale of non-iodised salt on grounds
of rising iodine-deficiency. However, states with notable rise in deficiency
are those where a ban has already been in force for the past two decades
– the north-eastern states and Uttar Pradesh.
an Assistant Salt Commissioner in Gujarat, connects the dots.
CARRION SPREAD DISEASE RISKS RISING
Vanishing vultures: is there hope?
Vultures are nature's scavengers and their effectiveness in disposing off
dead cattle has been a critical public health safeguard in India. But with
the sub-continent losing 95% of its vulture population in just 15 years,
scientists and conservationists have been scrambling to understand why,
and propose remedies.
PUBLIC HEALTH EXPENDITURE
The health of nations
India needs a strong public health system, but our direction is the opposite.
Public spending on health is a mere 0.9% of GDP, and
medical care is now the second most common cause of rural family debt.
Public ill health, private profit - that's the partnership we are forging, writes