India's burden of disease shifts to non-communicable illnesses


The proportion of all deaths in India due to communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional diseases reduced from 53.6% in 1990 to 27.5% in 2016. But burden of non-communicable diseases increased from 37.9% to 61.8%. India State Level Disease Burden’ report has found that every State in India has a higher burden from non-communicable diseases and injuries than from infectious diseases. 

Huge variation in disease burden between Indian states

Latest report - India: Health of the Nation’s States shows that there are huge disparities between states and their disease burdens. Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh both have a relatively lower level of development indicators and are at a less advanced epidemiological transition stage.But, UP had 50% higher disease burden per person from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease whereas MP had 76% higher disease burden per person from stroke.

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Health policy is vital to deal with air pollution

Health policy is vital to deal with air pollution

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

Delhi's air pollution has triggered a health crisis and national debate about air pollution. Despite the threat air pollution has posed to the health of India over the past decade, why has so little been done on the health policy front to tackle this looming threat?  More importantly, what are the immediate policy measures we must undertake?

One health policy may not work for all Indian states

One health policy may not work for all Indian states

By : Dinesh C. Sharma

Scientists have identified 333 disease conditions and 84 risk factors for all the states in India and this is the first time that burden of disease has been studied at state-level. This has huge implications for policy makers because it means that one health policy and uniform health schemes may not be workable for all the states.

Air pollution kills, but where is the data?

Air pollution kills, but where is the data?

By : Nabeela Khan Inayati

How many people die in India due to air pollution? Nobody knows! Neither the central government nor the state governments collect data regarding number of people suffering due to exposure to polluted air and deaths occurred. While there is so much debate about air pollution in the country. No official data is available.


India's health infrastructure divide

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. 

Women face dual nutrition challenge

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.

5 Indian states have 50% cancer patients

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. 

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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