Nine of India’s poorest states which houses 48% of total India's population spent less money than what they had set aside in healthcare budgets. The nine poorest large states known as “high-focus” states spent an average of 4.7% of their social-sector expenditure on public healthcare. These states have a pattern of showing poor health indicators. Lack of infrastructure and healthcare staff is majorly responsible for such a situation.
In the wake of preventing the indiscriminate sale of preparations containing steroids and antibiotics without prescription, the Health Ministry has banned over-the-counter(OTC) sale of around 14 steroid based creams. Currently, revenue from OTC medicines in India makes up 21% of the total market revenue. The Indian OTC market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9 per cent to cross the $6.5 billion mark by 2026. Reports reveal an increasing trend of drug resistance in common diseases due to medication abuse in India.
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By : Shikha T Malik
A new study has confirmed a drastic shift in malaria occurrence in India. There is an increase in the number of severe infections instead of mild form of malaria experienced earlier.
By : Umashankar Mishra
Delhi is struggling with the threat of air pollution. In addition, pollen grains of different plant species spread in the air affect people suffering from respiratory diseases.
By : J.Hotez, A.Damania
The high-disease-burden Neglected Tropical Diseases in India are not evenly distributed, but instead focussed in areas of urban and rural poverty.
By : Anand Chandrasekhar
Swiss authorities have received requests for information concerning potential secret Swiss bank accounts linked to a Delhi-based microfinance NGO.
By : Manu Moudgil
In India, 50,000 die of snake bites every year. Over 350 plant species have been identified as antidotes but there are very few studies to validate traditional medicines.
By : Sunderarajan Padmanabhan
Despite efforts over the decades by scientists across the world, malaria continues to be a major vector borne disease particularly in Asia, Africa and South America.
By : Jisha Krishnan
India’s medical devices market is dominated by imported products, which constitute almost 80% of total sales. Yet, the medical device sector in India remains largely unregulated.
By : Nabeela Khan Inayati
India bears a disproportionately large burden of the world's tuberculosis rates. Acc to WHO, India will need to invest at least US$ 3.4 bn in TB control over the next five years to have substantial impact.
By : Manu Moudgil
A new online database has identified 960 phytochemicals present in Indian medicinal plants that can potentially be developed into drugs. This is good news for the pharmaceutical companies looking for new products
Milk and milk products are considered to be the main source of nutrition but data from the FSSAI reveals that one fourth of India’s milk samples are adulterated. Maximum samples found adulterated are from Punjab and Maharashtra according to 2018 statistics. This raises concerns and more reasons to know if at all one should consume it. Action has been taken and 414 cases have been registered, yet milk adulteration is rampant in India.
Out of pocket (OOP) medical expenses make up about 67% of all healthcare costs in India according to NHA estimates and off course forms a major chunk in overall healthcare expenditure while public spending remains low. High OOP for health brings a financial burden on families and discourages people from seeking timely care. Therefore, government needs to pump in more funds to address healthcare needs of people.
An estimated 49000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2016 and more than 31000 till October 2017. Three big states are responsible for maximum number of deaths in India. Approximately, half of AIDS related deaths are confined to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Although, a steady decline has been witnessed over the past four years but new pockets of infections have emerged in Gujarat, Bihar, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Nurses are the backbone of health system and hospitals. But in India, nursing is a dying profession. Currently, India has more than 1.7 million nurses but needs two million nurses to cater to the growing healthcare demands. Uttar Pradesh has over 88,863 nurses which is only 3 per cent of the total nurses in India despite UP being the most populous state. The demand for healthcare staff outstrips supply.
Health Analytics India (HAI) is a data journalism initiative dedicated to provide the most illuminating reporting on healthcare. We’re not going to blindly accept the data, but we’re not going to be blind to it either.Syed Nazakat, Editor-in-Chief of Health Analytics India
Journalists reporting on traumatic situations and disease such as Ebola, cholera, or HIV-Aids need to develop specialist skills for such work. Their tool kit needs to include techniques such as empathy, less talking - more listening, and a critical need to get the facts right.Cait McMahon PhD, is a managing director of Dart Centre Asia Pacific, with headquarters in Melbourne, Australia
When I was the Director General of CSIR, we had started a public–private partnership called New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative, which was directed exclusively towards affordable excellence. That was a game-changer. We need to launch national grand challenges for vaccines to therapeutics to tablets. We did make the US$ 35 Akash tablet, after all.R.A. Mashelkar, noted Scientist and innovator who holds a long list of directorships, degrees and awards, all focused on advancing science and inclusive innovation in India.
Telling the Ebola story with data is a challenging task, how to paint a picture of numbers that inform about the seriousness while neither underplaying [and] nor being alarmist? There has been problematic data reporting…but there’s been solid data journalism too.Sharron Lovell is a multimedia storyteller and educator. She is based in Beijing and lectures on multimedia journalism.
The essential drug list becomes more relevant when the drug market is flooded with many nonessential, irrational drugs for which safer, equally effective & cheaper essential alternatives exist.Dr Mira Shiva, MD, is one of the leading voices of public health in India and coordinator at the Initiative for Health & Equity in Society.
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"If we look at the cancer crisis closely, there is nothing like a new pattern of cancer, but the type of cancer which is predominant in an area keeps changing. It changes every ten years. For instance, earlier, the common cancer in America was tobacco related but that has changed now because the awareness has increased."Dr. Sameer Kaul, surgical oncologist & Founder, President of Breast Cancer Patients Benefit Foundation.
"India provides low cost drugs not only to its citizens but also to most developing countries. Hence, the measures to control prices of drugs must be matched with those to safeguard our sovereignty in drug manufacturing, whether by public or private companies. It is this that will finally result in availability of drugs at affordable prices and will ensure that we move forward towards Universal Health Assurance."Mirai Chatterjee, Director, Social Security Team, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).
It’s commendable that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is making efforts to be more data-driven by providing district-level estimates for the first time with NFHS-4, there are still loopholes that need to be plugged.Jisha Krishnan, Journalist