Opinion

Why are data boot camps important

Why are data boot camps important

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

If India needs to create a health system that is accessible, equitable and technology advanced, the use of data cannot be ignored. The need for collaboration to achieve this ambition is even more critical, and the data boot camps are just building those unique collaborative networks to spark change.

Need for data in tracking hunger & nutrition

Need for data in tracking hunger & nutrition

By : Prashant Kumar

Data gaps, periodicity gaps, incomplete coverage and quality gaps continue to hinder the effectiveness of surveys in India. Without quality data and impartial and transparent monitoring and evaluation programs, India’s endeavours run the risk of falling short.

How to address surgical & anesthesia void in India

How to address surgical & anesthesia void in India

By : Nakul Raykar, John Meara, Nobhojit Roy

Under the banner of The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery - India,  the different stakeholders in Indian healthcare will drive the first structured, coordinated surgical systems strengthening effort India has ever seen. While this will be a capable start, much more is needed.

Ensuring Sustainable Future

Ensuring Sustainable Future

By : Ban Ki-moon

The solutions must involve everyone, from world leaders & chief executives, to educators & philanthropists. We must work together-across sectors & industries- in broader & deeper partnerships. Sustainable development cannot be separated from fighting the impact of climate change.

The Blood Drought and Surgical Care in India

The Blood Drought and Surgical Care in India

By : Rachita Sood,Nakul Raykar, Saurabh Saluja and Nobhojit Roy

India faces a shortfall of 25-31% of the recommended annual collection of blood, primarily due to low rates of voluntary blood donation. On World Blood Donor Day, it is worth highlighting the shortage of blood throughout India.

Hepatitis-C - silently damaging Pakistan

Hepatitis-C - silently damaging Pakistan

By : Dr. Safieh Shah

Hepatitis-C data available in Pakistan is unreliable,dearth of systematic review of data in place, poor screening processes & prevention strategies add more to the problem. Tackling the Hep-C pandemic would require considerable cross-disciplinary data collection 

TB Elimination: India can lead the way

TB Elimination: India can lead the way

By : Madhukar Pai & Barry R. Bloom

India is a home to the highest number of Tuberculosis  patients in the world and continues to kill one Indian every 90 seconds.Tuberculosis remains one of the major challenges for India, however quality of TB care remains suboptimal.

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis

By : Celia Luterbacher

When reproductive decisions and politics meet, the ethical arguments can quickly become complex and passionate – as they should in a direct democracy. But how can we understand the medical procedure at the heart of the issue?

Open Debate – Is NEET good enough?

Open Debate – Is NEET good enough?

By : Dr Mudasir Firdosi

Having a common national exam for admission into medical colleges across India is a good start. But question is whether this is the only solution. What has the apex statutory body, MCI done to advance the medical education? Almost nothing.

Medical Research and Innovation

Medical Research and Innovation

By : Martin Sloot

Lack of reliable data & innovative approach in healthcare thwarts effective medical interventions. MSF Scientific Day is aimed to build research capacity & shape policy guidelines. So what can we expect at this year’s conference.

Can data help doctors to give better healthcare?

Can data help doctors to give better healthcare?

By : Dr. Govind Nandakumar

In India, the number of patients that require health care is astounding but unfortunately, data collection, retrieval and analysis mechanisms are extremely rudimentary. But we as clinicians have a responsibility to collect our own data, critically analyse it and keep ourselves aware. 

Women’s health agenda for India

Women’s health agenda for India

By : Dr Vivekanand Jha

Non-communicable diseases have emerged as the largest killers of women in India - responsible for 60% of all deaths amongst women in 2013, up from 38% in 1990. The most common causes of death in women, as in men, are now ischemic heart disease (known as heart attack).

Dengue: The billion-dollar disease

Dengue: The billion-dollar disease

By : Surbhi Kaul

There is no vaccine or cure for dengue, a deadly tropical disease which hit millions of people in India every year. For long the only way to fight the disease has been to poison the insects that carry it. Now India’s pharma giant, Sun Pharma has joined hands with the ICGEB to develop botanical drug for dengue.

A fight to save baby girls in India

A fight to save baby girls in India

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

India today has the lowest sex ratio since 1961. In 2001, there were 927 girls in India for every 1,000 boys. In 2011, it's down to 918. The worst figures are reported by the most prosperous states, showing that poverty is not the only reason for rejecting daughters.

Illegal medicine imports into Switzerland drop

Illegal medicine imports into Switzerland drop

By : Anand Chandrasekhar/ swissinfo.ch

Confiscation of illegal medicines by Swiss customs has dropped for the first time in three years. Asia, in particular India, remains the biggest source of Illegal medicine imports into Switzerland drop.

How trustworthy is India's healthcare data?

How trustworthy is India's healthcare data?

By : Nabeela Khan

When​ ​we ​try to ​understand the healthcare system of any country, the first thing ​we try to ​do is to go through the data.​ In India, sometimes you are surprised by how much you are able to find.​ But is the data really accurate, trustworthy. 

Oh Maria , you too! - the world of doping

Oh Maria , you too! - the world of doping

By : Dr. P S M Chandran

Maria Sharapova was taking  a substance called ‘Meldonium’to better her health starting as a teenager and nobody had any issues for a decade. Why she is suddenly caught in the whirl pool of doping?

What health sector got in 2016?

 What health sector got in 2016?

By : Surbhi Kaul

India’s union budget is one of the nation’s most closely watched events.  What has the government planned for the health of a population of 1.25 billion? Here are the five takeaways from the health budget.

Doctors, on strike

Doctors, on strike

By : Dr Mudasir Firdosi

Doctors' strikes are rare in Britain. But junior doctors in England are again going on strike after talks with the government broke down. Many are bracing for the tussle, while others are packing​ their bags​. What really is the row all about?

What Patients expect

What Patients expect

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

Endless debates on what should be done to achieve the aim of health for all fail to ask a fundamental question – what does the patient expect? Health services need to be designed to the needs of patient.  

TB: Research funding crisis

TB: Research funding crisis

By : Aarti Dhar

Data collected in past ten years ​​show that research and development funding for TB is key to eliminate the disease. But modest gains in TB research funding from 2005 & 2009 have stagnated.
 

Where’s your health data?

Where’s your health data?

By : Nabeela Khan Inayati

Data is the key to transform healthcare. But healthcare data lags behind when compared with other fields because healthcare data is unique, complex and reside in multiple places.

Rare bone cancer surgery

Rare bone cancer surgery

By : Dr. Gaurav Bhardwaj

15-year-old boy underwent groundbreaking surgery at Saket City Hospital that removed osteosarcoma, or bone cancer. He is now adapting to life with his new limb.

Doctors without borders

Doctors without borders

By : Dr. Asma Khan

If you ask me now whether I would go and work in a rural area. First thing that flashes in my head is that house without electricity & water supply and no security.

Covering healthcare beat

Covering healthcare beat

By : Katherine Eban

The best stories are the ones based on data. But data is nothing without a face with it and a face is nothing without any data behind.

India’s public health

India’s public health

By : Dr. Imrana Qadeer

SDR-2014 presents extensive analyses of the condition of healthcare system in India, as well as the policy lacunae through nuanced narratives and empirical data.

Understanding Ethiopian Healthcare

Understanding Ethiopian Healthcare

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

Most health practitioners in Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous country hold India as a shining example of healthcare that is advanced, yet accessible. 

Missing data: Hospital Acquired Infections

Missing data: Hospital Acquired Infections

By : Dr. Raman Sardana​​

There is hardly any data available about hospital-acquired infections in India. But we may soon have a national registry for collecting and maintaining data about the deadly infections.

Indian versions of Viagra flood Swiss market

Indian versions of Viagra flood Swiss market

By : Anand Chandrasekhar and Duc-Quang Nguyen

Swiss men are making use of a legal loophole to buy cheap generic Viagra from India on the internet. Via swissinfo.ch

Deadliest threat to children

Deadliest threat to children

By : Shehla Khalil

Data shows that India has made steady progress in reducing deaths in children younger than five years, but proportional mortality due to diarrheal diseases remains high.

Financial Crisis To Hit Healthcare?

Financial Crisis To Hit Healthcare?

By : Nabeela Khan Inayati

​The global financial crisis to hit people's well-being, as cost of imports rises and essential lifesaving medicines will  become expensive or unavailable.

Reporter's Journal: A malaria arrest

Reporter's Journal: A malaria arrest

By : Francis Mbala

What happens when a journalist investigates treatment facilities for malaria patients in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo? via Global Investigative Journalism Network

Indian Health Data Dilemma

Indian Health Data Dilemma

By : Aarti Dhar

With the arrival of computers, the country now manages to collect data more efficiently, interpret it more accurately and use it more effectively.

How Stress Can Affect Your Health

How Stress Can Affect Your Health

By : Dr. Mudasir Firdosi

People vary in how they react to stress; same event can be stressful to one and not to others. Similarly some recover quickly where others may not be able to cope.

Fighting Cancer in India

Fighting Cancer in India

By : Dr. Sameer Kaul

ICMR collects the data once in many years and the same data keeps continuing for years. Unless all that gets better, we’ll not be able to see change.

Finally no to DDT

Finally no to DDT

By : Aarti Dhar

India launches a $ 53 million project to phase out insecticide, called DDT to check vector-borne diseases. India is the only country which produces, uses and exports DDT.

Bihar: The best story

Bihar: The best story

By : Nabeela Khan Inayati

Bihar is experiencing some of the biggest falls in child mortality ever seen in the state. It is a big success story that has only barely been recognised.

Female foeticide

Female foeticide

By : Pallavi Jain

Some members of Australia’s Chinese and Indian communities may be aborting female foetuses to ensure their families have sons. SBS Radio Investigations.

Pharma: What’s ahead?

Pharma: What’s ahead?

By : Yawar Waqar

India is a huge supplier of prescription drugs to the world. The pharma industry is on a good growth path and is likely to be in the top 10 global markets by 2020.

 

Swiss cheese test

Swiss cheese test

By : Anand Chandrasekhar/ swissinfo.ch

Almost 10% of Swiss and foreign cheese samples tested in Switzerland by cantonal authorities failed to meet the hygiene criteria...