Opinion

What does Karnataka's health data reveal

What does Karnataka's health data reveal

By : Dr. Malatesh Undi

Karnataka is performing better in many health related indicators. But the state is facing a major challenge in healthcare data collection and supervision. A lot of healthcare data is missing or under-reported because of sluggishness  and incomplete reporting formats. And worse, the private sector doesn’t share data.

Why India needs to do more to combat TB

Why India needs to do more to combat TB

By : Dr. Madhukar Pai

Two unique studies, published in The Lancet, highlight the critical importance of engaging India’s massive private sector for improving TB care and control in India. Here is a brief excerpt from the research on why India need to invest more in TB control and take the lead in ending the epidemic.

In Pakistan, a new data initiative

In Pakistan, a new data initiative

By : Dr. Shehryar Khan Toru

Healthcare in Pakistan is facing its own challenges. That includes poor health data collection and storage.  The country’s health information system does not produce the quality data required for planning. A think tank is trying to make a difference by sharing data on health.

Why is AAP unhappy with private hospitals

Why is AAP unhappy with private hospitals

By : Nabeela Khan

Good and accessible healthcare was one of the key poll agendas of the Aam Aadmi Party. It is now opening over 1,000 neighbourhood clinics to improve basic healthcare facilities in the national capital. And it wants to improve accountability and transparency in providing treatment to people.

How medical education reforms can help doctors

How medical education reforms can help doctors

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

India’s medical education is facing multiple challenges. There are issues with the quality of medical education and regulation. A better education system calls for more than money. That is part of the reason why the Union Health Ministry has embarked on an ambitious project to reform medical education in India.

Bringing sustainable healthcare to Delhi

Bringing sustainable healthcare to Delhi

By : Satyendar Jain

Currently, about one lakh patients visit in OPDs (outpatient department) of Delhi government hospitals in a day and there is no system to get any idea of the patients or diseases. So, we are computerising the healthcare system in Delhi, starting from Mohalla Clinics. 

When PM Modi spoke about antibiotic resistance

When PM Modi spoke about antibiotic resistance

By : Narendra Modi

How to combat the dangerous rise of antibiotic resistance?PM Narendra Modi made a rare personal appeal & urged people not to take antibiotics without prescription. In his radio programme Mann Ki Baat, he said people must take the rise in resistance to antibiotics seriously.

Joint medical research – way ahead for Indo-Pak

Joint medical research – way ahead for Indo-Pak

By : Dr. Javed Akram

We require data & collaborative studies involving both countries. These studies can be prevalence, observational & interventional. I propose a platform where research on medical issues can be performed so that we share data & have joint medical training programmes.

Million dollar to fight antibiotic resistance

Million dollar to fight antibiotic resistance

By : Nadeem Akhtar

How to combat the dangerous rise of antibiotic resistance. In a worldwide effort to defeat antibiotic resistance, UK asks Indian innovators to participate in Longitude Prize. The prize is a challenge with a £10 million (88 Crore) prize fund to help solve the global problem of antibiotic resistance.

Pellet injuries - terrible fallout

Pellet injuries - terrible fallout

By : Dr Mudasir Firdosi

Most pellet victims come from a poor background, since good treatment of pellet eye injury is not available locally, they cannot afford to travel outside the state for specialised treatment. Such victims of the brutal blinding violence are likely to develop post traumatic stress disorder, depression & anxiety disorders.

Why so many pellet injuries

Why so many pellet injuries

By : Nabeela Khan

Government said that it will form panel to review pellet gun use to tackle crowd. These pellets, which are presently categorised under “non-lethal” weapons, have caused serious injuries to protesters and others, & sometimes even killed them. Kashmir is struggling to deal with the widespread eye injuries.

India’s burden of new HIV cases

India’s burden of new HIV cases

By : Aarti Dhar

People living with HIV/AIDS has been steadily increasing across the world and reached 388 lakh in 2015,but HIV/AIDS mortality has been declining over the years from 18 lakh deaths to in 2005 to 12 lakh deaths in 2015, according to a study published in the Lancet journal. 

 

Drug-resistant TB key to antimicrobial resistance?

 Drug-resistant TB key to antimicrobial resistance?

By : Dr. Madhukar Pai

Drug resistance surveillance data show that an estimated 480,000 people developed MDR-TB in 2014 and 190,000 people died. A major reason behind poor TB control is the fact that TB is a low priority for many developing countries. Unfortunately, high TB burden countries are yet to seriously address the problem. 

 

 

Healthcare crisis in Pakistan

Healthcare crisis in Pakistan

By : Sara Malkani

Indifference of Pakistan’s government to health is reflected in the fact Pakistan spends only 0.9 per cent of Gross Domestic Product on health. The country must not accept the state of health as inevitable since this mindset only encourages government complacency and indifference. 

Physical symptoms of psychological distress

Physical symptoms of psychological distress

By : MSF India

Jammu and Kashmir has been afflicted by years of conflict and therefore mental health issues are rampant in the valley. Number of people suffering from mental health issues are increasing. Therefore understanding mental health is essential to overcome the stigma associated with it.

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.