Out of more than 300 cancer centres in India, 40 percent are not adequately equipped with advanced cancer care equipment, according to the health ministry data. Based on the cancer registry data it is estimated that there are about 800,000 new cancers cases in India every year and. As per official data the disease kills five lakh people every year. However there is is no age-wise data of cancer patients available in India.
In 2015, exposure to PM2.5 levels contributed to 4.2 million deaths and a loss of 103 million years of healthy life according to state of global air 2017 report. China and India together accounted for 52% of the total global deaths attributable to air pollution. The report also highlights that over 90% of the world’s population lived in areas with unhealthy air in 2015.
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By : Dr. Karan Thakur
The first private hospital was established in India in 1984. By 2004 the private sector accounted for three quarters of outpatient treatment, 60% of in patients and three quarters of the specialists and technology. This evolution of hospitals and private health clinics has helped improve access to healthcare in India.
By : Dinesh C Sharma
The system synthesises data on sources of air pollution, its transport over neighbouring states, modelling processes, impact on public health, food and regional climate to arrive on information products useful to government agencies as well as common people. The information to people is available through a mobile application & from project website.
By : Shazia Salam
How good is India’s health system? What are its biggest weaknesses, challenges and how Indian healthcare system can be rebuilt? Former health secretary K Sujatha Rao’s book, Do We Care provides an incisive look into the structural problems of Indian healthcare system. This is possibly the most important recent book on India's healthcare system.
The fast moving metro cities are considered to be a hub of suicides because of the stress, depression and ever-changing environment. We looked at the data from NCRB & found that the prosperous states which have the best of health indicators, have the highest rates of suicides in the country including Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. On the contrary, Uttar Pradesh, most populous state has reported a lower percentage of suicidal deaths as per NCRB data.
India has the highest number of children suffering from stunted growth in the world. Stunting and wasting is a major threat for child survival because severe wasting compromises the ability of children to grow. Major cause behind stunting is undernutrition, lack of safe water and hygiene. These four states have highest rates of stunting among children than the national average of 39. Poverty, high population density and prevalance of hunger is one common thread among the states which makes the problem worst.
All doctors have to register with the Medical Council in order to practise. We looked at the numbers of state medical councils released by Ministry of Health and found that Maharashtra has the highest number of doctor registration with the state medical council as per latest data. Some 15% registered doctors come from this state as compared to Nagaland (0. 07%), Sikkim (0.08%), Himachal Pradesh (0.28%), Goa (0.32%) and Jharkhand (0.47%).
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