Data from National Vector Borne Disease Control clearly highlights that about 95% of Indian resides in malaria endemic areas. In 2016, there were total 331 deaths due to malaria. Chattisgarh, Orissa and West Bengal togther reported about 60% deaths in 2016. In wake of outbreak, govt recently unveiled a plan to eliminate malaria by 2027.
USA is the largest exporting partner of India followed by South Africa and UK. During 2015-16, exports to USA has grown over 27% and has contributed to 32% of total exports. India's exports to South Africa has grown by 18% according to the latest figures from Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council Of India
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By : Dinesh C Sharma
Trauma care scientists in India and Australia are working jointly for the past four years in order to improve quality of trauma care. It is critical to enforce road safety norms, improve road engineering design and implement ban on alcohol sale on highways and better data collection for improved trauma care.
By : Nabeela Khan
Could smart phones help provide mental health care? Mobile technology is helping provide mental healthcare in some villages in rural India. And a mobile phone app designed by Australian developers – said to be the first in the world to use evidence-based suicide prevention methods – is making a difference after a trial, say its makers.
By : Jisha Krishnan
Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy was a renowned philanthropist. He went on to become the chief minister of Bengal in 1948 & was bestowed with Bharat Ratna.It’s in his honour that July 1 (his birth anniversary) is celebrated as Doctor’s Day in India.To mark the occasion, we have compiled a wish list of what Indian doctors really want.
Due to sex-selective abortions and preference for male child, male children are given more care during their initial years of life. Thus, infant mortality among females is high than their male counterparts. But conversely, more men die after they reach adulthood. As per NCRB data more men in India committed suicide last year than women. Even in India’s youngest population, the gender ratio is still getting worse.
Millions of Indians do not have access to doctors, hospitals or even basic healthcare facilities due to shortage of infrastructure and health staff. The doctor-patient population ratio in India is 1:1,674. Government run hospitals in India's capital city suffer from the same issue of shortages and inedequate health staff. Of the total 511 vacant positions in Delhi, AIIMS - premier government medical research institute has maximum (223) posts of doctors lying vacant.
India is in the grip of swine flu. The states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, Punjab and Maharshtra are the worst affected. They contributed to almost 72% deaths. A total of 1647 cases were recorded in 2016 (Jaunuary to October) from India. The virus previously killed 981 people in 2009 and 1,763 in 2010. People with a weak immunity, pregnant women and children are more vulnerable to the disease.
Immunisation is the most effective method to prevent and avoid sickness and an effective immunisation can help reduce the disease burden. But one in two children in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh is not fully immunised and has one of the lowest rate of immunisation. Uttar Pradesh also has the country's worst infant and under-five mortality rates. Children from rural areas are least likely to have complete immunisation.
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. We’ll crunch the numbers, investigate the issues behind the numbers and turn them into fact and figure based stories that matter to the people. Our aim is to make HAI a single-point source of healthcare data and information in India.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
The year 2015 would be the year of change. We’re putting extra effort to streamline our regulatory procedures without compromising on patient safety. We’re strengthening our drug regulatory system as well. Today India is a world leader in pharmaceutical industry and we supply drugs to 218 countries. My duty as the chief regulator is to ensure quality, safety and efficacy of drugs.Dr. G.N.Singh, Drug Controller General of India
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.
At the highest levels of competition, where skill, physical abilities and tactics remain optimum and at par with opponents, it is the sports medicine back up which makes the difference between the winner and loser.Dr P S M Chandran is the President of Indian Federation of Sports Medicine
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.
"Public health in Bihar has been a byword for maladies and diseases. But someone rightly said that “who has health, has hope; and who has hope, has everything” and proved true in case of Bihar’s public health structure. In the past few years, the state has ascertained a remarkable progress in the healthcare sector with some of the biggest falls in child mortality."Nabeela Khan Inayati, Assistant Editor, Health Analytics India
"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.
"HIV/AIDS, since it was recognised in the early 1980s, has been a critical health issue for women and men as the epidemic continues to undermine development efforts worldwide and mostly afflict populations already beset by extreme poverty. HIV/AIDS has been particularly noted to affect the working population and prevent women and men from making meaningful contributions to development and improvement of families while at the household level, the epidemic increases the burden of care and erodes savings."Ruby Leo, correspondent, Daily Trust.
"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
If India needs to create a health system that is accessible, equitable and technology advanced, the use of data cannot be ignored. Need for collaboration to achieve this ambition is even more critical.Dr. Karan Thakur, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals