As per the Global TB Report 2017, 26% of TB deaths globally (4.23 lakhs) were reported from India. Currently, Indian government plans to eradicate disease 5 years ahead of global deadline during the Delhi End-TB summit. Elimination of TB will mean there should be less than one case of TB for a population of 10 lakh by 2025, according to the World Health Organisation but India is lagging behind in its national decline rate, which is less than 2%.
India is a country with the third largest population of people with HIV after South Africa and Nigeria. But, India is showing improvement - there has been a 66% decline in the estimated number of annual new HIV infections in India from 2000 to 2015, against the global average of 35%. Moreover, AIDS related deaths declined by 54% from 2007 to 2015 according to the data from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
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By : Dinesh C Sharma
Scientists at the IISc Bangalore have found that an existing anti-asthma drug is effective against TB. Researchers are exploring options as TB becomes resistant to the available drugs.
By : Nabeela Khan Inayati
National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority was formed in 1997 to control the prices of drugs in India. In its latest report, it made shocking revelations how private hospitals are inflating medical bills to over 1,737%.
By : Madhukar Pai
In my academic career, I have done my share of editing books and contributing chapters. But for those of us working in medicine or public health, are books and book chapters worth the effort? I don't think so.
By : SWISSINFO.CH
The Federal Customs Administration seized 1,060 shipments of illegally imported medicines in 2017. Notable was the increase in illegal imports from Eastern Europe, including a 40% rise from Poland.
By : Vaishali Lavekar
Scientists have been trying to figure out mechanisms underlying changes that occur in behaviour and cognition processes due to aging. The role of retrotransposons is suspected to be critical in the process of aging.
By : DELHI NEWS DESK
Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter answering the 10 toughest questions they get. One of the toughest questions was does saving kids’ lives lead to overpopulation?
By : Jisha Krishnan
Less than half, 47% Indian women consume green, leafy vegetables on a regular basis. Overall women are invariably the lowest in the nutrition pecking order and this has real life implications.
By : OOMMEN C. KURIAN
Tripura needs to put considerable efforts to improve its public health infrastructure and services on which a majority of its people depend — the coming assembly elections offer an opportunity.
By : Nabeela Khan
The Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences and 45 other medical colleges were barred from admitting students because these colleges were found to have sub-standard facilities. They allegedly paid money to judges to get favourable verdict.
Kerala has topped the Health Index while Uttar Pradesh appeared at the bottom among larger states according to the report prepared by NITI Aayog. Kerala ranks on top in terms of overall performance but it reported the least incremental change whereas Uttar Pradesh has improved on many health indicators. In fact, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh as the top three states in terms of annual incremental performance.
Latest government report highlights that comprehensive data regarding number of organ transplant procedures conducted across the country is not available. However, as per the data available with National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation the number of organ transplant procedures conducted across the country says that there is a huge slump in lung and heart donations. Also, the problem of demand exceeds the supply of organs in India.
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.
India has a high rate of malnutrition and at the same time it battles another nutrition problem - obesity. In past 10 years, the number of obese people has doubled in India according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4). Researchers associate rapid urbanization along with sedentary lifestyles with rising levels of obesity. The NFHS survey also reveals that urban population is more prone to obesity as compared to their rural counterparts.
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