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.
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.
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.
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.
By : Nakul Raykar, John Meara, Nobhojit Roy
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.