Million Death Study, one of the largest studies of premature deaths in the world performed in India reveals that India avoided a million deaths since 2005. Surveyors did structured verbal autopsies for deaths and found an annual decline of 3·3% for neonates. Mortality rates from vaccine-preventable diseases such as tetanus and measles fell by about 90 per cent since 2005 marking a huge achievement for India.
A report released by Lancet pointed out that Indian medical colleges have a poor record of publishing research. According to a study, over 332 of 579 (57%) medical colleges didn't publish a single research paper between 2005 and 2014. Almost 40 per cent of medical research came from 4 per cent as few as 25 medical schools only. This dearth calls for creation of a systematic plan to integrate research initiatives.
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By : Bhavya Khullar
Around 26 lakh stillbirths occurr globally every year, India accounts for the largest proportion with 5.9 lakh cases.A major stumbling block is lack of data on stillbirth in India. A new study by PHFI aims to bridge the gap with a focus on getting insights into possible risk factors and ground level changes required to design and implement intervention policies.
By : Dr. Karan Thakur
Providing access to affordable and quality healthcare is government's responsibility. Some 1 billion people across the world lack access to basic healthcare, the main reason remains inability to afford healthcare. Indian government's move to control prices of medical devices is a commendable step and work in progress to tackle healthcare challenges.
By : Jay Desai
A study by Lancet estimated that the percentage of multidrug-resistant TB among all cases in India is set to increase to more than 12% in India by 2040. However, India can put an end to its TB ordeal. Sustained intervention, substantial allocation of funds and better implementation of guidelines by the government are needed.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) India is likely to have over 17.3 lakh new cases of cancer by 2020. According to the recent govt figures, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, WB and Rajasthan suffer the most from the deadly disease. Shortage of specialists and lack of infrastructre specially in most populous states make the situation worst.
A total of 767 samples of bottled water were collected in 2016, out of these 345 were found adulterated implying that 44 per cent of the tested packaged water is not fit for consumption as revealed by Ministry of Health. This is not the first time that bottled water has been found unsafe.In 2015, almost 31% of samples tested by the Indian government were found to be adulterated or misbranded.
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.
India has the highest rate of snake bite deaths and most of the victims die either because the victim is unable to reach hospital on time or due to shortage of anti snake venom medicine. Both are preventable causes, yet India saw 1064 deaths in 2016 according to the latest data published in 2017. Highest number of deaths due to snake bites were recorded from three states - Odisha, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh in 2015.
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