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Why are young girls dying in India?

Why are young girls dying in India?

Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund. Girls who are married young are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence, sexual abuse & HIV.


India faces a grim shortage of blood

India faces a grim shortage of blood

India is facing an acute shortage of blood. India being ranked as the top ten countries in global blood collection, still the availability is short of requirement


India's IMR reduced by 50% in 2 decades

India's IMR reduced by 50% in 2 decades

Infant mortality rate (IMR) refers to deaths of young children, typically those less than one year of age. It is measured by the number of deaths of children under one year of age per 1000 live births.


India is unable to fill immunisation gaps

India is unable to fill immunisation gaps

India is home to the largest number of under-five child deaths in the world. The biggest killers are diseases which are preventable if children are timely vaccinated. 


Half of female foeticide cases in 2 states

Half of female foeticide cases in 2 states

NCRB has started collecting data on female foeticide since 2014. A total of 50 cases were reported under female foeticide in 2014. 


5 states produce 50% of India's doctors

5 states produce 50% of India's doctors

Five Indian states have half the number of medical colleges of the country.Karnataka tops the list with 53 colleges and 7,795 MBBS seats closely followed by Maharashtra.


Why is India unable to cut cancer cases

Why is India unable to cut cancer cases

As per the stats from Ministry of Helath and Family Welfare India witnesses almost a surge of more than one thousand breast cancer cases since past three years. Breast cancer is becoming one of the leading causes of death after cervical cancer.


States hit hardest by malaria

States hit hardest by malaria

Hospitals in the national capital Delhi are swamped with malaria patients these days. The problem is that mosquito-borne disease is difficult to diagnose.


Clinical trials in India

Clinical trials in India

Over the past few years there has been a sharp dip in the number of clinical trials carried out. The number has reduced from a steep 196 to only 26.


Five states have half the medical seats

Five states have half the medical seats

India’s medical education system is one of the largest in the world and produces more than 45000 doctors annually. As per the latest data


Where is India's female health staff?

Where is India's female health staff?

The problem of shortage of healthcare workers in India is not new but India continues to face grim shortage of healthcare workers. This has been highlighted time and again. 


Grim picture of India’s doc-patient ratio

Grim picture of India’s doc-patient ratio

The World Health Organisation’s 2000 World Health report ranks India’s Health care system as 112 out of 190 countries. 


1.27 lakh suffer in 'leprosy free' India

1.27 lakh suffer in 'leprosy free' India

In 2005, India officially “eliminated” leprosy, abandoning its battle against the disease, under the pretext that it had less than 1 case in 10,000 people. 


India's health insurance stats

India's health insurance stats

Data from National Sample Survey, 2014, point to a steady increase in the cost of health care and WHO estimates out-of-pocket spending as a percentage of total health spending to be 62.42 per cent in India in 2014.


NCRB underrates pedestrian,biker deaths

NCRB underrates pedestrian,biker deaths

Government data on traffic deaths misrepresented the number of pedestrian and motorcycle deaths as mentioned by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. 


India's 1/4th pharmacists in Maharashtra

India's 1/4th pharmacists in Maharashtra

There are almost six lakh pharmacists in India and Indian Pharma industry has seen a spectacular progress. The industry ranks 4th in volume and 13th in value in the global pharmaceutical market.


India's hepatitis problem

India's hepatitis problem

Hepatitis is a serious global health problem and viral hepatitis is one of the leading killers across the globe, with a death toll that matches Aids or tuberculosis as per the medical journal, Lancet. A


Funding for states to bridge health gaps

Funding for states to bridge health gaps

Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) is emerging as the leading cause of death in India. As per the data from Registrar General of India almost 42% of all deaths are due to NCD’s.


India’s creaking health infrastructure

India’s creaking health infrastructure

India’s health infrastructure is facing one of the grimmest challenges. Not only there are less than required primary health centres in India but almost 40 per cent of them are understaffed.


Dearth of doctors ails India

Dearth of doctors ails India

Official data shows that 9.29 lakh doctors are registered with the Indian Medical Registrar and the country churns out 30,000 doctors and 18,000 specialists every year. 


Sharp dip in Bihar's infant mortality rate

Sharp dip in Bihar's infant mortality rate

Bihar has a lot of ground to cover in improving health. Infant mortality is declining, but is still high in Bihar. Infant mortality rate 


India's mental health crisis

India's mental health crisis

Burden of mental illness will increase more rapidly in India than in China over the next 10 years says Lancet report. More than six per cent of the total population is suffering from mental disorder said India’s Union minister of health in 2015. 


India's revamped immunisation drive

India's revamped immunisation drive

Mission Indradhanush aims to immunise all children against seven vaccine preventable diseases. Under this, the ministry identified 201 high-focus districts which account for nearly 50% of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children in the country.


Acute shortage of mental health staff

Acute shortage of mental health staff

The demand for mental health services is expanding. The burden of mental illness will increase more rapidly in India than in China over the next 10 years and the two countries account for one third of the global burden of mental illnesses says a Lancet study. 


Of 29, 12 states do not have any eye bank

Of 29, 12 states do not have any eye bank

According to WHO, there are 45 million blind persons in the world, of whom 12 million are in India. Also, India has 3.5 million people with corneal blindness and unfortunately, the corneal blind population of India is the largest in the world.  


Is alternative medicine a solution?

Is alternative medicine a solution?

Homeopathy is practised in more than 80 countries in different forms. India today is the hub of homoeopathy in the world.


India's organ crisis

India's organ crisis

India’s current organ donation and transplantation system is nowhere close to the requirements for organs in the country. 


Suicides in India

Suicides in India

India holds the title as the country with the most suicides in the world. A closer look at the data shows that more than half suicides in India are happening in the five southern states.


Health Infrastructure: Karnataka

Health Infrastructure: Karnataka

Availability of medical infrastructure is crucial for qualitative healthcare delivery. Karnataka falls in the category of states with maximum number of bloods banks in India with pool185 blood banks.


How grim are India's suicide stats?

How grim are India's suicide stats?

Increasing suicide death is worrisome & the rate of suicides in India is growing rapidly with 1.31 lakh suicide deaths last year as per gov data.


India's anaemic women

India's anaemic women

Anaemia remains a major health problem in India. More than half of women are anaemic in eleven states as per the latest National Family Health Survey-4. 


UP- Oral cancer capital of India

UP- Oral cancer capital of India

India has one of the highest rates of oral cancer in the world. A survey by the National Cancer Registry Programme in 2010 reported 35,000 cases of oral cancer in Madhya Pradesh alone. 


India- home to 40 million HBV patients

India- home to 40 million HBV patients

India is a home to 40 million Hepatitis B patients second to China and Indian state of Madhya Pradesh bears the maximum brunt


Cancer cases on the rise

Cancer cases on the rise

Cancer cases are rising at a rapid rate in India. Globally, the prevalence of cancer is increasing, and it is known to be the leading cause of death around the world. 


India's low birth weight babies

India's low birth weight babies

Out of the ten states with low birth weight babies, Uttar Pradesh tops the list with almost eight lakh low birth weight babies as per the latest official data, closely followed by Rajasthan. 


One fifth food items found adulterated

One fifth food items found adulterated

Across India, 74010 food samples were analysed in 2015 out of which 14,599 samples were found adulterated and 59, 411 samples were found safe for consumption


India's reduced cigarette consumption

India's reduced cigarette consumption

Cigarette consumption is falling in India with only 9322 crore cigarette sticks consumed in 2014 which is 10 crore less than 2013. 


No Mobile Medical Units in 8 states

No Mobile Medical Units in 8 states

There are no Mobile Medical Units in eight states of India where the requirenet of mobile medical facilities is quite high. Mobile Medical Units are supposed to provide outreach medical services in rural and remote areas


Kerala worst affected by goiter

Kerala worst affected by goiter

Endemic goitre is prevalent in India. The major reason behind it is iodine deficiency. Lack of iodine in human beings can cause goiter which enlarges thyroid gland.


Doctor-patient divide

Doctor-patient divide

India’s doctor population is much lower than the WHO prescribed limit of 1:1000, still India has a million doctors registered which implies that the growing burden of population makes the ratio worst