Indians are living longer, but healthy life expectancy has increased slowly and a complex mix of fatal and non-fatal ailments cause a tremendous amount of health loss, according to a new analysis of 306 diseases and injuries in 188 countries.
India is a popular destination for clinical trials as there is a pool of easily available volunteers and the cost of trials is cheaper.
Globally, 15.6% of total government expenditure was dedicated to health, according to WHO report 2013.
Air pollution killed 3.7 million people in 2012 and according to WHO it is one of the major environmental health concerns.
In past three years 401910 people including 23145 students committed suicide in India.
Number of missing women has steadily risen from 61 million to 126 million between 1970 and 2010. This increase is faster than that of the world population, with China and India accounting for most of the deficit in women.
The WHO report says that treating cancer alone will not solve the crisis, and that governments need to implement early prevention strategies in order to combat the disease.
India produces 4 Lakh kg of medical waste every year, and this figure is growing every year, according to data from the Union Health Ministry
Mental health kills 760 people every day in India and the country accounted for more than 258,000 of the 800,400 suicide deaths worldwide, according to the latest available WHO data. That’s more than in any other country.
Drug monitoring centres help improve patient safety and cut down the risks of adverse medicines on health. But there are only 150 Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) Monitoring Centres across the country which collects data about the different drug reaction cases.
Blindness is a major public health problem in India and is a home to world’s largest population of blind people. Some six million blind people live in India and 30,000 blind people are added every year.
India has the third-highest number of people living with HIV in the world with 2.1 million affected people. While HIV-related deaths have come down by 30% since 2007, thousands of people still die every year from the disease.
The government in the centre this year approved 100 smart city projects, based on an initative proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to news reports, 'Thesmart city vision' was announced last year by the current government.
The recent data made available paints a dismal picture for the food testing in India. There is almost no food testing done as the country has only 148 food-testing laboratories available for ensuring quality of food.
Leprosy has officially been eliminated in India in 2005, yet 130,000 new cases are diagnosed every year – more than every other country put together. And Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of new cases of leprosy in the country.
India has only 10,235 licensed x-ray equipment with Maharashtra topping the list having 1,584 machines. While as Tamil Nadu stands at second with 1239 and Kerala third with 1085 x-ray machines.
According to data published by WHO, 258,000 people committed suicide in 2012, making India country with most number of suicides in the world. However National Crime Record Bureau figures give a different view.
The data made available by the ministry of health and family welfare revealed that only 198 requests for clinical trials were approved against 230 application for drug testing in 2014.
Recent data made available by Ministry of Health and family Welfare revealed that a large number of medical equipment available in India is lying dysfunctional.
India has witnessed over 1.23 lakh snake bite cases in 2012 leading to death of 1375 persons including 594 females, according to the latest available data released by the government.
After it procured Ranbaxy Laboratories, Sun Pharmaceuticals has become India's largest pharmaceutical company, and the fifth largest global pharma company.
There are total 36 drug testing laboratories in the country.The government agrees that there was need to strength the existing Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) to shoulder increasing responsibilities for regulating the quality of drugs in the country.
Data obtained from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare revealed that India only spends 1% of its allocated budget on providing contaceptives.
China and the US are two biggest suppliers of drugs to India, supplying mostly painkillers & diabetes drugs
Only 25% of hospitals, clinics and mental health professionals are in rural areas, where 70% of the population live.
Mortality from TB and pneumonia falls in India, more lives are lost to heart and pulmonary diseases.
India's will need to add 3.6 million hospital beds over the next 20 years to meet the needs of the growing population, PwC India estimate.
The concept of essential medicines has been adopted by many countries including India to meet healthcare needs of the majority of a population.
Annually around 500,000 people die of cancer in India and the WHO says the number is expected to rise.
H1N1 virus first appeared in Mexico in 2009 and spread around the world. In India, the current outbreak is deadliest since 2010.
The first case of AIDS was reported in India in Tamil Nadu in 1986. Today 2.1 million people are infected with HIV, according to the U.N.
Diarrhoeal diseases kill 100,000 children in India each year, making diarrhea second-largest killer of children after pneumonia.
India’s new health policy has prioritised five key issues inlcuding making health a fundamental right.