Millions of Indians still defecate in open

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India is a country where 38 percent still practice open defecation. According to sample survey of India, Jharkhand alone houses 79% of these 38% people such people. Diseases and deaths by fecal contamination is responsible for thousands of deaths every year. Yet, till date only 17 of the 650 districts have been declared Open Defecation Free by the government despite continuous efforts initiated through clean India campaign launched in 2014. 

Shortfall in India's health infrastructre

As per Rural Health Statistics 2016, there are 1,87,771 healthcare facilities in the public sector. Yet, they are not enough. India requires 29337 primary health centres (PHC) but there are only 25354 PHC's highlighting a shortfall of 22%. Similarly, there is a shortage of 30% when it comes to community health centres. Currently, atleast two thousand more CHC's are required to meet the healthcare needs of people in rural India. 

 
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How India can help eliminate neglected diseases

How India can help eliminate neglected diseases

By : Dr. Suman Rijal

Neglected tropical diseases are fighting for attention despite the fact, they are major chronic infections that affect the world’s poorest. In an interview to Health Analytics India, Dr Suman Rijal, Director of DNDi (India) talks about challenges of eliminating the diseases, role of data and why there is less investments in the area of neglected tropical diseases.

India’s ambitious new plan to conquer TB needs cash and commitment

India’s ambitious new plan to conquer TB needs cash and commitment

By : Madhu Pai

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of many diseases that affect Indians, and India is clearly under-performing on several key health indicators, as shown by a recent report. India is at the epicentre of this epidemic, with half a million TB deaths annually. An overall greater investment in healthcare and political commitment is much needed to end TB epidemic. 

Child mortality dips, one million Indian children saved

Child mortality dips, one million Indian children saved

By : The Lancet Report

India has avoided about one million deaths of under five children since 2005, owing to significant reductions in mortality from pneumonia, diarrhoea, neonatal infections, birth asphyxia, trauma, measles and tetanus, according to a new study by Lancet. The conditions prioritised under the National Health Mission saw the maximum decline.

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Acute shortage of liver transplants

Liver diseases are on the rise in India and add to serious disease burden putting hundreds and thousands every year to pay out of pocket expanses as the cost of treatment remains high and availability of liver for transplants is quite low.  In 2014, only 804 people were able to get a liver transplant according to the latest data from NOTTO report. This highlights that India is not able to meet even quarter of its requirement. 

17% food samples fail FDA test

In 2016, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) rolled out a major scheme for strengthening of food testing infrastructure in the country. In 2017, FSSAI found that more than seven thousand five hundred food items are unfit for consumption. Till date more than 4000 civil and criminal cases have been registered. A comnprehensive action is much needed against those found guilty. 

15% Indian docs are from Maharashtra

India has only 938,861 registered allopathic doctors or just seven doctors per 1,000 people. Every year India produces almost 50, 000 doctors and maximum are from Maharashtra. Maharashtra has the most colleges and is one of the state with maximum number of doctors registered. But uneven distribution of doctors between states leave bigger states with few doctors to share between them.

Assam hit hardest by malnutrition deaths

WHO defines malnutrition as deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in a person's intake of energy and/or nutrients. In India, since 2013 more than thousand people have died due to malnutrition. The numbers are unusually high in Assam, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Assam registered 607 deaths in 2015 due to malnutrition. Overall, in India, 35.7 per cent children are underweight according to latest data from National Family Health Survey (2015-16). 

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