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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
We 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 Health Analytics India a single-point source of healthcare data and information in India.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.
"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