India recorded around 15.6 million abortions in 2015, reports the study published in The Lancet. The study says that not only do a lot more Indian women than previously thought undergo abortions every year, an overwhelming number 12.7 million (81%) take medicines at home instead of going to hospitals. Only around 22% or 3.4 million abortions were done in public health facilities. The study points out that there is need for improved contraception services to help couples prevent unplanned pregnancies in the country.
Data from an analysis by Brookings India shows that there is a decline in percentage of people not seeking medical services when they were sick from 15.1 (in 2004) to 12.4 (in 2014) out of every 1000. This implies that there is an 18 per cent increase in Indians seeking some form of healthcare when they report being sick. But data from the NSSO highlights that not only are more Indians being hospitalised over the past few years but most of them go to private hospitals due lack of access to public healthcare facilities.
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By : Dr. Shikha T. Malik
Prostate cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in men worldwide. Now a group of Indian scientists have identified a sensitive and specific diagnostic marker for prostate cancer that may differentiate between cancerous and non-cancerous prostate enlargement. That may help patients and their doctors make difficult treatment decisions.
By : OOMMEN C. KURIAN
Amid the election fanfare, it is significant to know how Gujarat has performed on health indicators. The impact of high economic growth on health and nutrition outcomes in Gujarat has been mixed. Full immunisation coverage has improved to 50.4% in NFHS-4 but Gujarat is still close to the bottom among Indian states. However, it has performed well in one area which is safe birth deliveries.
By : Dinesh C Sharma
Unhealthy lifestyle can easily trigger diabetes and heart disease among people who are genetically predisposed to them. A new study has found that people who are even genetically more prone to get diabetes and heart diseases can reduce their risk with lifestyle modification. Healthy food and physical activity can reduce the risk for people who are genetically predisposed to them.
India’s most comprehensive health report reveals huge disparities between states and their disease burdens. Similar is the situation of healthcare infrastructure. India is facing an acute shortage of public healthcare facilities and therefore people heavily rely on private healthcare providers. Due to dearth of government healthcare facilities, 80% of population visit a private practitioner for their health needs.
According to Global Nutrition Report 2017, Indian women face nutritional challenges stemming both from malnutrition and obesity. Anemia is a major health issue among the adolescents in India with 51% women sufferring from anemia. Whereas 22% of adult women are obese. While under nutrition are predominant in rural India, urban India is facing the challenge of over nutrition.The report looked at 140 countries and found ‘significant burdens’ of nutrition.
India has around 1.8 million people suffering from cancer. Five states - Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh houses 50% of the cancer patients according to latest data from 2017. Tackling cancer is becoming a serious issue in India and dearth of cancer hospitals and doctors especially in rural areas is responsible for increasing the magnitude of the problem.
In India it is mainly the living donors who donate organs. About 23% of the organ transplant is being done with organs obtained from the cadavers according to latest figure from the government. Tamil Nadu is a state that pioneered organ transplant in India. Almost 44% organ donations come from the states of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu making them the top two states with maximum organ donations.
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