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.
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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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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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